Daniel 11:2-13 – January 25
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 11:2-13 – The Kings of the South and the North
2 “Now then, I tell you the truth: Three more kings will arise in Persia, and then a fourth, who will be far richer than all the others. When he has gained power by his wealth, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece. 3 Then a mighty king will arise, who will rule with great power and do as he pleases. 4 After he has arisen, his empire will be broken up and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven. It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others.
5 “The king of the South will become strong, but one of his commanders will become even stronger than he and will rule his own kingdom with great power. 6 After some years, they will become allies. The daughter of the king of the South will go to the king of the North to make an alliance, but she will not retain her power, and he and his power will not last. In those days she will be betrayed, together with her royal escort and her father and the one who supported her.
7 “One from her family line will arise to take her place. He will attack the forces of the king of the North and enter his fortress; he will fight against them and be victorious. 8 He will also seize their gods, their metal images and their valuable articles of silver and gold and carry them off to Egypt. For some years he will leave the king of the North alone. 9 Then the king of the North will invade the realm of the king of the South but will retreat to his own country. 10 His sons will prepare for war and assemble a great army, which will sweep on like an irresistible flood and carry the battle as far as his fortress.
11 “Then the king of the South will march out in a rage and fight against the king of the North, who will raise a large army, but it will be defeated. 12 When the army is carried off, the king of the South will be filled with pride and will slaughter many thousands, yet he will not remain triumphant. 13 For the king of the North will muster another army, larger than the first; and after several years, he will advance with a huge army fully equipped.
Conflict | Rebecca Hoyt
My Bible notes the four divisions of the Empire conquered by Alexander are identified geographically in relation to the land of Israel, which lay between these warring nations. These verses cover almost 200 years of conflict among them. ‘The king of the South was Ptolemy 1 Soter, who established the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt. Seleucus 1 Nicator became one of his princes in Egypt after losing control of Babylonia to a general named Antigonus, whose success incited opposition on several fronts. The defeat of Antigonus’ son Demetrius at Gaza in 312 B.C. led to Seleucus’ recovery of power. The Seleucid Dynasty ruled over a kingdom greater than Ptolemy’s, eventually including Babylonia, Syria, and Media.
Wow, these verses were hard for me to understand. I read them many times. To me, they seem like a history lesson. Why are these important to tell Daniel? I was thinking of how warring kings could apply to my life today. I think the overall word is conflict. All through time, there’s always been conflict raging somewhere, different countries, between people, in families, conflict in my mind when choosing between things. But knowing God is with us during our conflicts helps us make it through them.
Dear God, I pray for all the conflicts going on right now between many different things in the world; I pray You are in each one. I am conflicted right now as to how to help my child who has been sick for 24 days now; I pray for healing and that the doctors will know how to help her and for me to be able to sleep.
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