Monday, November 16, 2015

Sermon talking points on Daniel 12:1-3, 25th Sunday after Pentecost

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1.       Reread Daniel 12:1-3. If you have time, read the entire 12 chapter book, and notice how it begins with historical narratives, the well-known stories, and gradually shifts into more and more prophetic visions. Look at chapter 9 in particular, how Daniel lead his people in prayer and confession to God. How does chapter 12 expand the vision and prophecy of the book for all peoples, not only Israel?
2.       From an earthly perspective, the people of Israel were caught in the middle of massive empires competing for dominance of the Middle East. The Babylonians, Persians and Medes, Greeks, etc all had their turn ruling over Israel. But who was in control of all of this? Who gave Daniel the clear vision of what lay ahead? Who is in control today when our world is in turmoil, and we are not in control of events around us?
3.       There was much in the prophecies Daniel was given, that he didn’t understand himself. How did he respond? Daniel 8:27; 12:8-13.
4.       Who is the angel Michael? Jude 9, Revelation 12, Daniel 10:13, 21. What is his role in God’s service, and in spiritual battle? Who sets himself against Michael and the angels? How do they have victory? Revelation 12:10-11.
5.       In Daniel 12:1, what is the “book” in which people’s names are written? Philippians 4:3, Revelation 20:12; 21:27
6.       How does Daniel 12:2-3 speak to the resurrection of the body? How does it explain the resurrection of the “just” and the “unjust”? What will be their destiny? John 5:29
7.       What is the glory of believers, and how will they share in God’s joy? To whom do we owe all this great salvation? Revelation 7:10

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