Proverbs 30:13-15

Prov. 30:13 There is a generation — oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. This proverb links to the previous one with the word “eyes.” “These generation” cannot see themselves, and therefore they cannot see others around them either. They cannot see the fact that they are covered in their…

Believing Babylon

“Consider the likelihood that these three stories [Daniel 1-3] were in circulation for ten or more years before Jerusalem was destroyed. For ten years Jeremiah and his associates were able to tell the citizens of Jerusalem and Israel that God was working to convert the Babylonian empire. For ten years it was clear that the…

Cut without Hands

In Mark 14, one of the accusations brought against Jesus is that he had promised to destroy “this temple made with hands” and within three days he would build another “made without hands.” This is an allusion to Daniel’s prophecy regarding the stone in Daniel 2:34 which is cut out “without hands.” But Daniel’s stone…

Daniel on Icons

There’s a running “image” theme in Daniel. It runs explicitly through chapters 2 and 3 where Nebuchadnezzar initially has a dream that he requests be told to him and interpreted. God reveals the dream to Daniel, and it is the vision of the “image” of the statue. The image-statue has layers of gold, bronze, iron,…

Nebchadnezzar

Daniel urges Nebuchadnezzar to repent so that his second dream does not come true: “Therefore, O King, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off yours sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.” (Dan. 4:27) Interesting that Daniel doesn’t…