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Lesson # Dan. 9:20-21
Study Material - Dan. 9:20-21
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20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering.
'Before you call, I will answer. While you are yet speaking, I will hear.', Isa 65:24. And so it is with all prayer submitted to God. That is, all prayer that is offered while in fellowship, all prayer that is offered that is consistent with Gods plan for the individual, and for all prayer that is consistent with Gods plan for history.
While Daniel was speaking, Gabriel was dispatched with a message. He was dispatched from heaven, from God, and sent with an urgency, to go to Daniel to explain the meaning of the message he was about to receive.
Daniel was praying. Included in his prayer, was confession of his own sins (Daniel was not a prefect person, all have sinned, 1 Jn. 1:8). Daniel probably had his worries with all the plotting going on around him, and such. He was a foreigner in a foreign land and had been for many decades now. He was ridiculed, laughed at, just as he described in his prayer. The Israelites were in a desolate state, and the laughing stock of races. So it is with all believers. God does not always strike with lightening instantly and prove the statements of believers, so unbelievers, even believers that are negative, ridicule our faith and our beliefs. 'Where is this God of yours,' they might say as they mock Christianity.
Daniel was also confessing the sins of his people. He offered prayer as an intercessory in their behalf. He knew that the seventy year period was very near, but that the people of Judah were not turning back to God, but keeping their usual sinful patterns of life. Would God change His mind and delay the return to Jerusalem? No the promise was made and no one and nothing could stop it. God is true to His word. Couldn't the new Empire prevent it? No. God knew the decisions that would be made, and has known them since eternity past. The right people were placed in history at exactly the right time in history. God controls history.
When Daniel began his prayer, a decision was made known in heaven. The decision of the first advent of Jesus Christ. Gabriel was dispatched with this information which would date the birth of Christ, date His 'cut off', and the confrontation with the anti-christ.
God knows everything in history and has known it since eternity past. Nothing takes God by surprise. Before we speak, that decision was made in eternity past. While we speak, that decision is executed. God waits for your prayer. Then answers immediately and in the appropriate manner. if your prayer is consistent with His plan, you will receive a positive answer. If your prayer is not consistent with His plan for overall history or for yourself, then you are denied.
For example, when the terrorists hit us last September, no doubt many of us prayed for immediate and thorough destruction of these evil ones. This was answered in part. Obviously God has several purposes for keeping this Usama person around, if indeed he is really alive and not dead in some cave. The events were clearly evil, yet many folks in many countries cheered at the actions of the terrorists. This is proof that there is a very real and dangerous evil prevalent in our world, along with a lot of double talking leaders in many countries. That which they praise, will come back on themselves and bite them. If only they could know this. So the organization of terrorists were placed in check, but not canceled out. That means that there are more warning disasters on the horizon. Maybe near term or distant future we don't know, but there all the same.
The 'man' Gabriel, means the person of Gabriel. The word is 'iysh', not 'adam'. This is a reference to the person of Gabriel. He came not in a vision or dream, but came in person. Gone was the fear of Daniel regarding Gabriel. That which is true, understood and familiar, carries no fear. Mature believers should have very little fear in their life, if any. God is in the drivers seat for us if we are consistent in our spiritual lives, so there shouldn't be anything to fear.
Daniel has been in Babylon for decades now, and he was still observing the evening offering. This passage mentions the time of the offering, sundown, but does not specify whether he is actually engaging in a sacrifice. Though he has no herd from which to get a bull, he would have access to pigeons (a legitimate substitute for those in poverty), and so, could be observing the rituals to the best of his ability and resources even though he was a captive and far from the temple that has long since been destroyed.
Prayer and worship do not depend on a geographical location, nor on a specific building like a temple or church. Worship is in the soul, and not of this world. Attending a beautiful cathedral does not gain you one ounce (gram, for the metric crowd) of spiritual growth.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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