- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Daniel 9
Chapter 9 is an apocalyptic vision related the historical sequence of the Babylonian, Median, Persian, and Greek Empire. This vision is the interpretation of Jeremiah’s prophecy that the Babylonian dominion will last seventy years (Jeremiah 25:11-12, 29:10). The first half of the chapter 9 is devoted to Daniel’s lengthy prayer for the forgiveness of his people’s sins.
The second half of the chapter is Gabriel’s revelation. The “seventy-seven,” (v24) is 490 years, after which the messianic kingdom will come, fulfilling both vision and prophet. This time is decreed to finish the transgression to put an end to sin or to anoint a most holy place.
“the Anointed One, the ruler,” may have been king Cyrus, or Zerubbabel, or Jeshua, who would save the exiled people. “the people of the ruler,” is Antiochus, a Greek emperor, who wrought desolation, and offered the abominations of heathen sacrifice in the temple.
Time calculation in chapter 9 followed contextual understanding. Seven weeks is forty-nine years. Sixty-two weeks is 434 years. One week is seven years. Half a week is three and one-half years.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?