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Lesson # Dan. 9:9-13
Study Material - Dan. 9:9-13
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9 'To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him; 10 nor have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets. 11 'Indeed all Israel has transgressed Thy law and turned aside, not obeying Thy voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him. 12 'Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem. 13 'As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Thy truth.
Rebellion did not come from God, but from man. Compassion is not due man, but is given freely from God to man. All have sinned. All have disobeyed. People do not listen despite the overwhelming evidence of the existence of God. Even in these prophecies where all occurs just as it is predicted, man still ignores God and even pursues other man made religions.
So God issues warnings. And issues them again. Still man keeps on being obstinate and stubborn. We do this as a race of humans. We do this as individuals. People can hear good advice and know that it is good, but will for many selfish reasons, reject the advice.
People in politics will seek to destroy the nation they long to lead, if that is what it will take to get them elected. Their desires and lusts for power, for approbation, far outweigh their sense of responsibility for those of whom they want votes. Liberal is often the term used for peoples who set aside the better good for the people, and replace it with the better good for themselves. Everyone loses in the end.
So it is with not only the Israelites, but for everyone alive. We ignore God and replace His good counsel with our personal wishes. Look around and ask anyone if they read the Bible daily. Ask if they exercise confession regularly and privately to God the Father. Most will probably roll their eyes at you and walk away. They don't have a clue as to what you are talking about and don't care. And more than likely will think that you are just some religious nut. So it goes in history. People ignore God. They just don't think about Him, that is, until they run into some major disaster in their lives, then they either cry out for God for help, or they blame Him for their problems. Their kicking and screaming and crying continue only until their problem subsides then they resume their usual pattern of living - without God. The next disaster is a little bigger.
All calamity in life will come when God is ignored. That you can bank on. Believers in fellowship and advancing to spiritual maturity will still see pressures in life, but those are designed to test and strengthen their faith and spiritual growth. Daniel had several severe tests. He lived his entire adult life in exile and as a captive. He never returned home to Jerusalem.. We could presume that he would have a desire to return, but his prayer is not for himself, but for his people - Gods Chosen.
Daniel's prayer offers confession (the presumption of failure and responsibility for ones own actions and thoughts). Daniel's prayer offers honor to whom honor is due - God. God alone is smarter than all of us together and then (infinitely) more. Finally Gods name is at stake, not mans. Gods reputation is on the line so God will defend it and uphold it. His city, His people both have His name - Jerusalem and Israel. Those chosen and the city of peace. Both exist because of the grace of God.
God knows exactly what is required in history and if man turns aside for sin, then God will send man to sin, or that which he prefers. The Israelites intermingled with sin (represented by the gentile nations) since the time of Joshua, though commanded not to. The Israelites continued to pursue sinful ways for centuries thereafter though warned against it. God will eventually send them disbursed throughout the world and will not recover them until it is a time of His choosing - the Second Advent. A time that is about to be announced in just a few more verses.
Daniel has been concerned about the seventy years and the eventual return of the peoples to Jerusalem, but God is going to give him a lesson in seventies which will define the end of the Jewish Age and he establishment of His kingdom and much more.
Still with great history upon them then, and even laying before us in our present day, people will still ignore God. Daniel could have asked for his own return to Jerusalem, but he did not. In that time nothing happened by accident. The Babylonian Empire has just fallen and the Persian Empire has had its days numbered as well. There has been a miraculous writing on the wall which could not go unnoticed.
Today we have events occurring in our history. We are 1972 years into our own Church Age (assuming that our Age began in 30 AD, at the first Pentecost following the Cross when the Holy Spirit was given). We have seen the entire world explored and populated. Spheres of influence and power have been defined. Even new spheres of terror are cropping up in these terrorist organizations. One wonders that since nothing in history happens by accident, then there must be some design in permitting these groups. The population will double in the next thirty years and then again in another thirty give or take. Can the end of our Age be that far off?
So will people give their attention to God or continue their course of pursuits in their own selfish interests? And of course that answer is yes to both. Some will give ear to God. Most will not. Some will be protected and blessed, and the 'most' will suffer at their own hand of negative volition toward God.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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