"As for you, go your way until the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days, you will rise again to receive the inheritance set aside for you." Daniel 12:13
Congratulations!!! We've made it to the end of the book of Daniel. How are you feeling? I have mixed feelings about the book and about this final chapter. I'm not sure I got all I could out of this study and hope to be able to study it again. Perhaps a different study guide, definitely during a different time in my life, would help me better consider and absorb all the amazing parts of Daniel's life.
For now, let's look at these final passages, Daniel 11:36 - 12:13. Once again, a terrifying depiction of the future, with Daniel confused and asking questions. Personally, I love that Daniel is always at a loss when he has these visions or receives these messages. Before reading the book for myself, I always had the impression that Daniel was very comfortable with his visions; I thought he fully understood the visions and messages he received. But, over and over again, Daniel admits to not understanding, he asks questions, he wants clarification, just like the rest of us. While God gave him the ability to interpret the dreams of the current king, Daniel's personal visions were perplexing to him. He had many virtuous qualities, was far more faithful than I can ever hope to be, yet at the same time, his story shows that he was authentic, a real person, holding onto his faith, humbling himself before the Lord, and doing what God asked of him.
I would love to know your feelings as we come to the end of Daniel. Hop over to the blog (if you're reading this in your e-mail) and leave your comments, click here.
I have a feeling this is one of those things that I don't quite "get" the first time through, but it will stick with me, roll around in my head, come back to me at odd times, and come around again for me to study and ponder.
Thank you for taking this strange & mystical journey through the book of Daniel with me.
This will be the last post for a while, as I move into a busy spring and summer. I hope you have a wonderful few months! And I look forward to resuming our conversation in September. In the meantime, feel free to comment on a post at any time; I'll see it and will do my best to respond.
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