(21 verses, 3:46 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Daniel sees a vision during the 3rd year of Cyrus’s reign over Persia (c. 536 B.C.).
- vv. 1-9: the opening of the vision with a description of the Son of Man.
- vv. 10-21: Daniel speaks with one or more heavenly beings.
- After a fast, likely mourning the conditions faced by the returned exiles in Jerusalem, Daniel received one final vision that is recorded for our learning. From the passage, we learn that Daniel remained in Persia, instead of returning to Judah with the exiles. This could be due to his high position in the Persian king’s court, or it might be due to his advanced age.
- In this passage, we get a unique insight into how the God has assigned angels to certain tasks in creation, especially in relationship to their work in combatting fallen angels. After a fast, likely mourning the conditions faced by the returned exiles in Jerusalem, Daniel received one final vision that is recorded for our learning. The first character described is strikingly similar to the Son of Man–Jesus, the Divine Son of God–described in Revelation 1. Even Daniel’s reaction is similar to the Apostle John’s reaction when he encountered the Son of Man in Revelation 1. From the conversation with this being, however, it does not appear that Daniel is speaking to the 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity.
- We see here how God uses angels to strengthen His chosen servants (an example we saw with Christ Himself in the wilderness at His temptation and in the Garden of Gethsemane). Additionally, the angels here serve to deliver a message from God Himself (an example we see in Luke 2 with the shepherds at Christmas). Another function of the angels mentioned here is a sort of military role. So often, modern Christian art depicts angels as soft, feminine characters. However, the angels are engaged in a battle against Satan and his fallen angels all around us. This is brought out by the Church’s historic liturgy, which calls Jesus the Lord of Sabbaoth, which is an untranslated Hebrew word for the angelic armies at God’s command.
- Prayer:I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen. (Luther’s Small Catechism)
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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