5/3/15: The Greatest Story Ever Told: DANIEL (1)
For the third time this year, the 12:13 class is taking a month-long break from Pilgrim’s Progress to study a book of the Bible that typifies a certain type of biblical literature. In November we studied 1 Samuel as an example of Old Testament Narratives. In March we studied Acts as an example of New Testament Narratives. And this Sunday we began studying Daniel, a fascinating example of The Prophets.
Sixteen books of the Bible are categorized as prophetic books — four major prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel) and twelve minor prophets ( Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). All were written between 760 BC and 460 BC during a period of cataclysmic military and political upheaval.
The Book of Daniel includes some of the most memorable and faith-building stories from the Bible. Its author, a young captive of war who served as a political leader and chief advisor to four kings in three different empires, is a man of courage, conviction, and humble dependence on the King over all. As Bible commentator E.J. Young writes, “God placed Daniel at the heathen court in order that he might declare to successive monarchs that the kingdoms of this world are temporal and fleeting but that the kingdom of God shall endure forever.”
Notes and visuals from this Sunday’s lesson are available by clicking on the links below.