We have been gathering on Wednesdays to read the Old Testament book of Daniel. Together, we are asking questions of the text, engaging the text, and trying to discern what the text means for a church in the twenty-first century. Surprisingly, Daniel does not encourage a particular diet or give tips on dream interpretation. Here are some things that Daniel does seem interested in;
1, the state wants us to become good citizens of the state, the state is uninterested in making disciples for Jesus.
2, it is not only a Babylonian notion to acknowledge God as a prop for the state.
3, exile continues to be a good metaphor for where we live and how we are to live today.
4, catering to a culture of power, control, and unrealistic perspectives of self can drive one to insanity.
5, it is possible to live in a pagan culture without becoming tainted by it.
6, we should care about rulers and pray for them. We should appeal to their humanness, not their sinfulness.
7, rulers and governments will continue to come and go – only God remains eternal.
8, God is ruler over kings, nations, and history.
9, the wisdom of God is superior to human wisdom, even the best Babylon has to offer.
10, God has always been a delivering, saving God.