Brian & Chantal Schwebach
Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
Daniel has many visions and dreams about things to come. He sees kingdoms rise and fall and evil and destruction prevail. Ultimately, an everlasting Kingdom will reign. We also see Daniel praying to God and pleading on behalf of all of Israel.
What is one key verse?
Daniel 7:13-14 In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
These scriptures affirm God’s sovereignty. They remind us that despite how wicked and evil the world is around us, God has been and will be victorious.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
When I think of Daniel, the first thing I think of is how he did what was right despite opposition (Daniel 1 & Daniel 6). He had incredible devotion to God even when his life was at risk. In Daniel 9, he pleads with God in prayer and fasting on behalf of his people. Despite his devotion to God, he did not separate himself from the sins of his people. Do I have the same humility when it comes to sin? Or do I view myself as good because I’m “not as bad” as the world around me?
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I think this changes the way I worship God. Worship is not just about his kindness and his goodness. But I will worship God for his sovereignty, his mighty power, and being victorious over evil. His kingdom will never be destroyed. As it says in Daniel 7:14, “all people, nations and men of every language worshiped him”.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
The Son of Man. One of the titles that Jesus refers to himself very often. It reminds us of Jesus’ humanity but also of his authority over all people and nations. After reading Daniel 7, this enhances my reading of scriptures like Matthew 24:30, Matthew 25:31-33, Matthew 26:63-64, and Matthew 9:6. Jesus has final authority to judge: not just condemn, but He can declare us innocent.