Part 2 in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit
These sketches/outlines are taken from messages delivered in SVCC's Sunday morning worship services.
Part 1 in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit
Did you know one of the founding principles of our nation is happiness? The Declaration of Independence says loud and clear: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Much like our own conflict between the North and the South from the American civil war, today’s text recounts the grim story of a very long war between two kingdoms that were North and South of Palestine.
Behind the Curtain
The cryptic words in Daniel 10.20 and 11.1 offer a fleeting backstage glimpse at a spiritual war. While some may scoff at the idea of angels and demons, these forces are clearly accepted and accounted for throughout the Bible. It begs the question -- is there something deeper going on behind the scenes? Is there a spiritual dimension to our day-to-day existence and, therefore, to history?
We are now the the last vision in the book of Daniel, and it is a doozy. The whole experience takes up chapters 10, 11, and 12. I am going to cover it in bite-sized pieces each week, focusing on some of the details of the story that I believe are relevant to you and me today.
Warning: Limited Visibility Ahead
Have you ever tried to jam in a puzzle piece that just doesn’t quite fit? That is what interpreting this Scripture is like. When you turn it one way, most of the edges line up, but it won’t go in. And when you twist it another way, the part that wouldn’t fit before lines up perfectly, but now two other edges won’t fit. For some of us who like to have control (we know who we are!), this can make some Scriptures, like today’s, frustrating to study.
In about 1150 BC, Moses gave final instructions before the children of Israel entered the promised land, following forty years of wandering in the wilderness after their captivity in Egypt:
15 “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you…
Quick Review: The Joy of the Apocalypse
Today’s story is one of the true greats in the Old Testament. In it we see a king spiraling out of control, three boys bound and determined to stand resolute, and you and me. Let’s dive in.
God often speaks through dreams. Jacob dreamed of a stairway to heaven. Joseph dreamed of his future when he saw the sheaves of wheat, the sun, the moon and the stars kneeling before him. He interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker -- and even the dreams of Pharaoh himself.