Year of the Bible – Daniel 9:1-11:1

 . . . all this disaster has come | upon us, yet we have not sought | the favor of the Lord our | God by turning from our sins | and giving attention to your truth. – Daniel 9:13

Daniel 9:1-11:1 (9:20-27)

Daniel prayed to God for the restoration of Jerusalem. He had read from the book of Jeremiah that God would end Israel’s captivity after 70 years. Based upon the promises of God, Daniel then petitioned God to fulfill His promise. He began by confessing the sins of his people, Israel, contrasting their sinfulness to God’s righteousness. The curse of the Law had fallen upon the people for their unbelief and hard-heartedness. God was fair in what He had done, Daniel confessed. “All this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth.” (9:13) Let us look more closely. On what basis does Daniel ask for God’s help? Clearly not on the basis of his or the people’s own righteousness: “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.” (9:18) Since Daniel held on to God’s “Name”—to the Gospel—and called upon God for help because of what God was and is—He is merciful—Daniel knew that God would hear and answer his prayer. In answer to His prayer for restoration, God immediately sent Gabriel and not only revealed God’s plan to restore Jerusalem in the near future, but also revealed His plan to bring the Messiah into the world and to destroy Jerusalem once again.

Questions – Daniel 9:1-11:1

  1. How did Daniel come to understand the length of Israel’s captivity?
  2. How did he go about approaching God and asking for His help?
  3. What was the curse of the Law?
  4. Was the unbelief of the Jews the cause or the result of the curse?
  5. What was the basis for Daniel’s request to God?
  6. Who came to Daniel and what kind of a creature was he?
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