Daniel 11 – 12
I was so tempted to skip today’s blog because I had no idea what to write. I think I have been realising over the last few months, just how much of the bible I don’t understand, but its been pretty great to mull over it and think through how do these chapters point to Jesus? What do they tell us about God?
SO… today’s chapters… What I found pretty interesting was 12:2 -3. These verses point forward to the day Jesus returns. God’s people will receive what they have been waiting for; salvation and restoration to what they (we) were created for… relationship with God! Just to put it out there, I know people have lots of different ideas on this topic (the end of days) but truly all that matters is the fulfillment of all God’s promises and plans. His plan was for people to be in restored relationship with him and given a new heart and new life, a life that would be transformed and set apart for him.
What will happen in the end? “Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked.” Those who are God’s will be purified and transformed but those who are wicked by rejecting God and his grace, will continue to be wicked.
Verse 12 reminded me of Hebrews – “Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of 1,335 days.” Now this was written in the Old Testament and may have been for those who persevere waiting for Jesus to come and bring salvation BUT we should also be encouraged and challenged to be people who persevere through all our days (or til Jesus returns!), not just when we feel good or when things are going well.
Pretty similar to what we’ve been reading in Hebrews, hey?