Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Daily Lenten Post, Day 36

Daniel 8:15-27--Vision interpreted
The messenger that interprets this vision for Daniel is Gabriel, which is kind of interesting. I guess Daniel really needs some help understanding this vision, and I don't understand why he goes into a trance. Have you noticed there's a lot I don't understand about Daniel? This is why I think it's important for us to study scripture together, and why I think commentaries and scholarship matter. Prayer and the Holy Spirit are important, too. Daniel needed someone else to interpret the vision for him, though, and he was supposed to be one of the people most connected with God in the whole kingdom.

Verse 17 shows that people have been predicting specifics of the end of times for a long time, but then verse 26 says it is "for days far in the future," so maybe it's not really that specific.

Even with Gabriel's help, though, Daniel doesn't feel that he understands the vision completely. He is sick for days and still feels very confused and worried about the vision. Is he worried because he doesn't understand? Is he worried because he doesn't want to have to tell the king? I am just not sure.

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