Daniel 7:1-14 – January 16

Who’s really in charge of your 2017? To start us out in our right place this new year, we’re walking with Daniel this month, learning how God crafts every detail in His plan from creation of the world and history to the smallest details in our lives. He reigns over everything, and still He loves us through every moment of our lives. Join our study by following along with the reading plan then reflecting and journaling on each day’s reading to humble yourself before Him and listen. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. If you’re wondering what SOAP is…it’s a method of Bible study that focuses on applying scripture to our every days. Read more about it on our website.

Daniel 7:1-14 – Daniel’s Dream of Four Beasts

In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.
Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts, each different from the others, came up out of the sea.
“The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.
“And there before me was a second beast, which looked like a bear. It was raised up on one of its sides, and it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told, ‘Get up and eat your fill of flesh!’
“After that, I looked, and there before me was another beast, one that looked like a leopard. And on its back it had four wings like those of a bird. This beast had four heads, and it was given authority to rule.
“After that, in my vision at night I looked, and there before me was a fourth beast—terrifying and frightening and very powerful. It had large iron teeth; it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. It was different from all the former beasts, and it had ten horns.
“While I was thinking about the horns, there before me was another horn, a little one, which came up among them; and three of the first horns were uprooted before it. This horn had eyes like the eyes of a human being and a mouth that spoke boastfully.
“As I looked,
“thrones were set in place,
    and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
    the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
    and its wheels were all ablaze.
10 A river of fire was flowing,
    coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him;
    ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
The court was seated,
    and the books were opened.
11 “Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. 12 (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)
13 “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. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples 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.

My King Is Better Than Any Earthly King | Becky Newman

Scripture

Daniel 7:14

Observation

Chapter 7 marks a separation in the book of Daniel between the stories of the events during the exile to Babylon and Daniel’s dreams and revelations during the exile. So today’s reading, in time, goes back to when Belshazzar was reigning and is a dream similar in interpretation to Nebuchadnezzar’s first dream in chapter 2. Each of the four beasts in Daniel’s dream were likely great empires, like in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream: (1) the winged lion was the Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar, (2) the bear was the Medo-Persian Empire (King Darius), (3) the leopard was Alexander the Great’s Empire, and (4) the terrifying and frightening animal was the Roman Empire. But, all of these beasts were slain; non of them endured (verses 11-12). Verse 12 uses the term “allowed” — God allowed these rulers to have power and authority for a short time, but there is only One to whom God gave everlasting authority, glory, and sovereign power — Jesus, the King of kings.

Application

The inauguration of President Donald Trump is fast approaching this week, and no matter opinions, there’s a lot of worry and stress in our country over it and even around the world. I pray we could all unite under Daniel 7 this week. God allows specific people to have power and authority for a short time. BUT Jesus’ power and authority is forever. If He is truly the King of my heart, seated on the throne, then no matter what happens with these earthly kings, no matter what laws are passed, my King is still sovereign. I will still worship Him. Just like Daniel — he lived through three wacko administrations and remained steadfast in his love and worship of God, so much that one of the wacked-out kings noticed, like Jess journaled about in Saturday’s post — Daniel served God continually even through crazy laws being passed. To think about it in this greater perspective makes the events of this week tiny and insignificant.

Prayer

I trust You with my life, Lord, which also means I trust what You have allowed because You are sovereign. I may or may not like it, but I trust You. Thank You for the King above all kings who reigns forever and whose authority, glory, and sovereign power is everlasting! I put my hope in Him! Lord, please unite our country under You. I’m apprehensive about what might have to happen to make that happen, but more so, I want all Americans to love You and be a light for You.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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  1. A Word to unite under? Love.
    On this day remembering Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s focus on what unifies us. Click on this link to read a Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion on this: http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/

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