Daniel Is Sickened By God’s Will

Daily Scripture readings for April, set #23:

Daniel, chapters 7-8
Job 21:1-21
John 13:12-17
Jude, verses 1-7

“And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king’s business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it” (Dan 8:27). This is Daniel having a vision about the future, about things that the Lord has planned and will allow/accomplish, and he is not encouraged by this vision. He literally gets sick over it. This is a good reminder to me that the Lord’s grand plans include things that I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen if it were up to me, things that might even really bum me out.

“You say, ‘God stores up their iniquity for their children.’ Let him pay it out to them, that they may know it” (Job 21:19). Job is impatient for justice to be done to the wicked, a sentiment I have shared many times. God has his own timing for this, however, and he is patient and merciful. God’s mercy toward the wicked as compared to my impatience is one of the things that makes him God.

“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you” (Jn 13:14-15). The economy and functionality of authority and rank in the Kingdom of God is not the same as in the kingdom of man.

“Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe” (Jude, vs 5). Jude nonchalantly credits JESUS with bringing the Israelites out of Egypt, even though Jesus is never mentioned in the Exodus account. This would be worth pointing out in any discussion about the doctrine of the Trinity.

Daily Scripture readings for April, set #24:

Daniel 9
Job 21:22-34
John 13:18-30
Jude, verses 8-16

“For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy” (Dan 9:18). Wow, does Daniel ever NAIL the essence of the Gospel with this sentence. This is Daniel’s version of Psalm 115:1.

“One dies in his full vigor, being wholly at ease and secure, his pails full of milk and the marrow of his bones moist. Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having tasted of prosperity. They lie down alike in the dust, and the worms cover them” (Job 21:23-26). Rich or poor, everybody dies.

“Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him” (Jn 13:27). So is Satan to blame, instead of Judas? Does Satan entering Judas absolve Judas of responsibility for his actions? It’s a question worth pondering.

“But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively” (Jude, vs 10). Note that the destruction comes at the hand of instinct. In other words, the wicked in this text are instinctively doing that which kills them.

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One thought on “Daniel Is Sickened By God’s Will”

  1. “and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively” – Isn’t that a great warning about following what instinctively “Feels” right like “Everyone should be allowed the joys of marriage. You shouldn’t discriminate” (from one side of the isle) or “I earned it, it’s my money. Most people are poor because of their own mistakes.” (from the other side). Great reminder that what feels right from human perspective – without consultation of the Word of God – is a road to destruction.

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