The Derision of Heaven: A Guide to Daniel
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"An urgent message for the exiled church."
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Every day, it seems the world becomes increasingly hostile to Christianity. Values are being scuttled, faith is scorned, and God's people are being marginalized. These difficult times pose two questions to Christians: How can we be the "light of the world" in such abject darkness? And how can God still be in control of all things?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed ... He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. —Psalm 2:2-4
This book will help you answer these questions. More than a guide to Daniel, The Derision of Heaven is an urgent message for the exiled church. As you journey through the story and visions of Daniel, you will be awe-struck by the sovereign rule of God, emboldened to live a life that glorifies him, and encouraged to serve in the eternal Kingdom of Heaven.
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- Contains points of application to close out each chapter
- Possesses a balanced, reverent view of Scripture
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ego. So do I, and you also. Our ego loves to promote us, but it is not our friend. The prince of this world has infiltrated our ego, and through it he seeks to corrupt and destroy all that is good in life (John 10:10). It’s not enough to modify our behavior to appear more humble; we must ruthlessly and regularly put the ego to death. Maybe our tree needs to fall so that we can abandon ourselves to another tree, a cross that births glory out of shame. “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and
the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored” (5:23; cf. Job 12:10; Ps 104:29; Acts 17:28). “The old prophet’s words demonstrated great courage in the face of a monarch who held the power of life and death over him.”208 Like Nathan (2 Sam 12), Elijah (1 Kgs 21), and Jeremiah (Jer 38) before him, Daniel stood in the presence of a king to bring a word of judgment from a more powerful King. Things were about to get interesting. DANIEL 5:24–31 In
view in 1959.228 From cuneiform texts, it does seem Gubaru cast an imposing, king-like shadow over his subjects.229 But the problem with this view is there is “no specific evidence that he [Gubaru] was a Mede, called king, named Darius, a son of Ahasuerus, or aged about 60.”230 I personally consider Wiseman’s suggestion to be the best, though I must stress again that we can’t be completely sure. However, bear in mind that for so many centuries, there was not a single mention of Belshazzar
pre-incarnate Christ. The parallels between his appearance in Dan 10 and the vision of Jesus in Rev 1 are too striking to ignore. This figure certainly inspired more terror in Daniel than did Gabriel; he “is more radiant than Gabriel and greater than Michael.”384 Identifying this divine messenger with God would explain why his appearance affected Daniel as it did (cf. Exod 33:20). The Lord often appeared to his servants in human form at pivotal moments in the scheme of redemption (e.g. Gen 18:1;
these precautions served the divine purpose most wonderfully,” (Myers, Daniel, 204). 257. “His helplessness suggests to us that it is better to be a child of faith in a den of lions than a king in a palace without faith,” (Ferguson, Daniel, 140). 258. Hailey, Daniel, 118. 259. Surviving a threatening ordeal was often considered proof of innocence in the ANE (cf. Num 5:11–31; Longman, Daniel, 163). “Blameless” in 6:22 (cf. “innocent,” NIV) “is a legal term, probably borrowed from Akkadian,”