Daniel 4: Dreams Dreamed and a King Restored

(37 verses,  7:15 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, has a dream.  The dream is very difficult for him to understand.  He seeks meaning for it.  It is then fulfilled.


  • 4:1-3–Nebuchadnezzar seems to write a letter to all peoples, nations, and languages.
    • He wants the whole world to know what the One True God has done to him.
  • 4:4-18–Nebuchadnezzar has a dream.
    • He seeks understanding and yet none of the wise men of his gods can interpret the dream.  And so he calls Daniel.
      • In the service of the king, Daniel is named Belteshazzar.  Nebuchadnezzar knew that Daniel was special and so gave him the name of one of his gods.
    • The dream is first of a tree that is known in all the earth.  All animals of all the earth seek comfort and protection.
    • Then an angel comes down from heaven and makes the decrees that the tree shall be cut down.
      • The stump may remain; and the roots as well.
    • A man will then go mad and he will be cast out from among the people.  For a period of time, he will have the mind of an animal.
  • 4:19-27– Daniel interprets the dream.
    • And yet he is scared.  The dream is one of judgment against Nebuchadnezzar.
      • He is the tree that the whole world sees and many take refuge.  And yet because of his haughty pride and because of his unbelief in the One True God.  He will be knocked off of his high perch.
    • The Most High God will cause the great Nebuchadnezzar and to fall mightily.  He will be brought low and humbled.
    • Daniel lets Nebuchadnezzar know all of this and begs him to repent of his sin.
  • 4:28-33–A year latter nothing has changed and the dream becomes a reality.
    • Nebuchadnezzar hears a voice from heaven that he will be humbled.  He is then driven out from amongst the people and goes stark-raving mad.
  • 4:34-37–At the end of a certain appointed time (appointed by God) Nebuchadnezzar’s reason returns and he comes back to his senses.
    • At this, this pagan king has been humbled and restored.
    • He looks up to the heavens and confesses the God Daniel , Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be the One True God.


  • We see a few different themes running through this section.
    • The first is that the Lord uses evil unbelieving pagans to accomplish His will.  (This we have already seen in the previous chapters and in the book of Jeremiah).
    • Second, and this ties very closely with the first, God is in control over all things.  He has all things placed under His feet.  And so all of the mighty, honor, glory, majesty, and authority are His.  The kings of this world are nothing in and of themselves.
    • Third, the Lord desires the salvation of everyone.  He chastised Nebuchadnezzar in order to break him with the Law.  And yet the Gospel is always there.  The call to repentance is always there.  The stump, with its root, always remains.  And, in the end, it is the shoot from the stump of Jesse who delivers live, forgiveness, and salvation to all people.  Even to this tyrant Nebuchadnezzar.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Rev. Eli Lietzau, Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, ABQ, New Mexico

Colossians 4: Greetings and Instructions

(18 verses, 1:45 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Paul encourages his congregation in Colossae to prayer and gives some final greetings and instructions.


  • Paul began his letter with an exhortation to prayer and his last instruction at the end of the letter is centered on prayer.  This emphasis on prayer indicates that for the early Christians, prayer was vitally important, as it was in the earthly life of their Lord. The Colossians are to pray with thankfulness for the blessings which come from God and also pray watchfully for the return of Christ (4:2).  Paul also tells them to pray for him and his ministry that God would open doorways for the Word to convert the unbelieving (4:3).
  • Paul mentions no less than ten people in his final remarks.  A few notables: Onesimus was the runaway slave that was the subject and occasion for Paul’s letter to Philemon, the master of Onesimus.  Barnabas and Mark both assisted Paul in his missionary journeys, and from this letter we learn that Luke, who likely wrote the gospel that bears his name, was a doctor.
  • Paul’s letters were to be read in the public assembly of Christians.  He gives instructions that after his letter was read at Colossae, it should be forwarded to the church in Laodicea.  The Laodiceans in turn, should give the Colossians the letter that they received from Paul.  It is a shame that this letter (from the Laodicians) is not extant.  But it shows that Paul was aware that as an apostle with the special charge to teach the gentile churches, he was writing scripture which bore witness to Jesus and his doctrine, which should be preserved and passed on to other congregations.


  • Lord Jesus, you went off by yourself to pray to your Father in heaven.  You have also commanded us to pray and promised that the Father will hear us for your sake.  Take our prayers, which we often utter without thought or heartfelt gratitude, and take them before the throne of your Father.  Help us to pray steadfastly, always giving thanks to you for your mercy and love.  Amen.


Pr. Ross

Psalm 71—O my God, make haste to help me!

(24 verses, 1:50 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • The Lord is our refuge, rock, and fortress. We need rescuing. With the mighty deeds of the Lord God we will go. And He who gave us to see many troubles and calamities will revive us again.


  • Each stanza seems to have its own theme.
  • Verses 1-3, God is our refuge, deliverer, savior, rock, and fortress.
  • Verses 4-6 (7-11), We need rescuing, the Lord is our hope. In faith, we praise the Lord.
  • Verses 12-16, God will shame our accuser(s), we will tell of God’s righteous acts.
  • Verses 17-21, Though we die yet shall we live.
  • Verses 22-24, The Holy One of Israel has redeemed us, body and soul.


  • The righteous acts, deeds of salvation, mighty deeds, and righteousness of God provide the tormented and accused Christian with comfort. What has our God done? This is the love of God, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God has made Jesus the Crucified both Lord and Christ. And as He died and rose, so we, united to Him in Holy Baptism, though we die, yet shall we live. This is what it means for there to be no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We will be accused. And the accusations may even be true! But for you are in Christ Jesus, for the baptized, there is no condemnation!
  • We pray, “Teach us, Heavenly Father, by Your Word and Spirit to believe that the mighty works You have done were done for us and our salvation. Lead us, Heavenly Father, by Your Word and Spirit, to confess Jesus as Lord and Christ, who died and now lives, that we, too, will live with Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!”
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-Pastor Tyler Holt

Psalm 70: Make Haste!

(5 verses, 0:39 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Psalm 70 is a prayer for deliverance from the enemies of the righteous.


  • vv. 1 and 5 effectively serve as bookends for this little prayer for God’s speedy response in time of trouble.
  • vv. 2-3 are prayed against the enemies of the righteous.
  • v. 4 holds out the promise of God for those in need of Divine help.


  • v. 1 ought to be familiar to anyone who has ever prayed Matins or Vespers, as this verse is part of the opening sentences of those services. Next time you pray either service, remember this psalm. This stands to remind us sinners that the proper focus of any service in the Church is the work of God to deliver us from our enemies of sin, death, and hell.
  • As Christians, we have many enemies. Being united with Christ is to be an enemy of the world. Dr. Luther teaches us to pray for deliverance from anything that would lead us into any great shame and vice in the 6th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.
  • In v. 5, we learn to recognize our total poverty before God. The Law shows us that we have fallen short of God’s glory and stand condemned. However, it is also the humble who are delivered by God (cf. Luke 1:46-55).
  • This Psalm reminds us that we have a gracious Father who promises to hear our prayers, and will deliver us from evil.
  • This Psalm fits with the 2nd Commandment and the 7th Petition of the Lord’s Prayer.


  • Prayer: Father in heaven, deliver us from all manner of evil, of body and soul, property and honor, and at last, when our last hour shall come, grant us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this vale of tears to Yourself into heaven. Amen.

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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN

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Colossians 3: Your Life is Hidden with Christ in God

Reposted from Pr. Stout:

(25 verses,  2:54 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Paul will give several images of Baptism and proclaim truths about Christ’s second coming


  • 1-4: Reminder of what happened and happens in and through Baptism – die with Christ, raised with Christ, call to die to sin and set mind on things above.
  • 5-11: Paul then specifies certain impure passions, desires, and unhelpful speech that are to continually be put to death.
  • 12-17:  Paul keeps going back and forth, beginning at vs. 5, between the images of dying and rising and putting off the old self and putting on the new self.  Here, the phrase, “put on” dominates the call to holy and godly living.
  • 18-25: God’s order in the house.


  • Along with the images of death and resurrection & putting off and putting on, Paul additionally declares three wonderful truths about Baptism: 1.) We dwell in Christ (vs. 3), 2.) Christ dwells in us through His Word (vs. 16), and 3.) God works through our Baptism continually (not just a one time working) to renew us in the knowledge of our Creator (vs. 10).
  • vs. 5 calls covetousness idolatry.  If we want things that we haven’t been given(coveting), then we show our lack of trust and faith in the Giver (idolatry)
  • vs. 4 – Notice how this verse confesses the return of Christ to judge the living and the dead.  Like in other places, Paul does not use the word “return” but instead uses the word “appear.”  This helps us confess what it means for Jesus to be at the right hand of God.  It might be tempting to think that as we wait for His return, that He is somehow missing, waiting up there in heaven for us to join Him sometime soon and very soon.  However, when the Bible confesses the judgment will come when Christ “appears,” we begin to see the clearer picture that Christ is always present, as He has promised.  He has in fact ascended so that He might be present everywhere benefiting His Church with His gifts.  He is just not present visibly.  In the judgment, the Christ who was always present forgiving sins and strengthening faith will now be the One you see with your eyes.


  •  Vs. 3 – “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” What does it mean for our life to be hidden with Christ in God?  Too much to even begin to meditate on.  Part of the answer is to begin to recognize that truths about Christ and His gifts to us are hidden from our full knowledge right now.  Christ is ruling, but the ruling is hidden.  We are holy and blameless, but that is certainly hidden as well.  The Church is One, but that is most definitely hidden.  Things hidden are for faith to hear and believe.
  • The other part to begin to recognize that where Christ is, there we too shall be.  The Head cannot be far without the Body.  This hymn puts it quite nicely, “On Christ’s ascension I now build, the hope of my ascension; This hope alone has always stilled All doubt and apprehension; For where the head is there as well, I know His members are to dwell, When Christ will come and call them.”  Here’s  alink with the hymn.

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Pastor Christopher Stout

Daniel 3: The Fiery Furnace

(** verses, 6:30 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, sets up an idol, and requires everyone to worship it. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refuse to worship, and are thrown into a fiery furnace. The Lord joins them in the flames, and preserves their life, and grants Nebuchadnezzar (a least for a while) the gift of repentance.


  • 3:1-3, The idol is established, and, 3:4-7, the penalty for not worshiping the idol is published.
  • 3:9-12, the failure of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego to join in the required idolatry is reported to the king.
  • 3:13-15, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego are brought before Nebuchadnezzar and given another chance to worship the idol. 3:16-18, the Hebrews give the good testimony to the king, trusting that the Lord can save them, and even if not, they would rather die than commit idolatry.
  • 3:19-23, the furnace is lit, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego are tossed into it, but, 3:24-25, Nebuchadnezzar sees a fourth walking with the men in the furnace, and this one looks like the Son of God. We rejoice, here, that Jesus is with the men in the furnace.
  • 3:26-30, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego are called out of the fire, Nebuchadnezzar confesses his faith in the true God.


  • This fantastic account of the three faithful Hebrews is a reminder that the Lord can keep us through the worst of troubles. The devil tempts us to fear the one who threatens to take our life, but the First Commandment requires us to fear God above all other. It is the Lord who can protect and keep us through even the worst of situations. Jesus never promises to keep us from trouble, but He does come to us in the midst of our troubles. This is His promise, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO





Colossians 2: True and False Teaching Distinguished

(23 verses, 3:05 to read)


What I am about to READ

Paul addresses serious errors in the church at Colossae, and provides corrective teaching.


1-5: Paul’s warning against false teaching

6-15: Paul’s corrective, right teaching

16-23: The benefits of Christ’s work for the Christian


– Paul assures the Colossians that even though he hasn’t seen them face-to-face, they are nevertheless united, knitted together by the love of God in Christ Jesus. Having this unity of love, they also have the unity of wisdom and of knowledge — nothing is secret, all is revealed in full in Christ.

– The middle section of chapter 2 (especially verses 8-15) are densely packed with beautiful language affirming the deity of Christ (verse 9), the benefits of Christ’s work on behalf of mankind (verse 11), the indescribable joys of Holy Baptism (verse 12), and perhaps the most clear and succinct explanation in the Holy Scripture of Christ’s vicarious suffering and death (13-15).

– The chapter concludes by expounding the freedom of the Christian who is no longer burdened by the demands of the Law for His salvation. The appeal is to Christ, not “feasts, new moons,” etc. The later have an appearance of wisdom, but show themselves to be worldly foolishness, separate from Christ, the Head, and quite apart from the unifying wisdom and knowledge of the love of God in Christ that Paul speaks of at the beginning of the chapter.


The second stanza of “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart” immediately comes to mind when false doctrine is discussed in Holy Scripture. It succinctly points out the great dangers of false doctrine, and who is behind it. The whole hymn is worth knowing by heart, but following is the second stanza alone:

2. Yea, Lord, ’twas Thy rich bounty gave
My body, soul, and all I have
In this poor life of labor.
Lord, grant that I in every place
May glorify Thy lavish grace
And serve and help my neighbor.
Let no false doctrine me beguile
And Satan not my soul defile.

Give strength and patience unto me
To bear my cross and follow Thee.
Lord Jesus Christ,
My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
In death Thy comfort still afford.

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-Pastor Weslie Odom