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in Daniel

Daniel 9 - 19th November 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Think back to what's been covered in Daniel 1-8.
    1. What were some of the major events?
    2. What was the point of the vision in Chapter 8?
  2. Read Daniel 9
    1. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
    2. What timings are mentioned?
    3. What observations can you make about Daniel's prayer in verses 3-19? (i.e. comparisons or contrasts?)
    4. How is Gabriel described?
    5. What is promised in verses 24?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Where do you think Daniel was reading in Jeremiah?
  2. Read Jeremiah 29:10-14.
    1. What connections do you see?
    2. How might these words have encouraged Daniel while he was in exile?
  3. Why were the 70 weeks decreed?
  4. There are a few characters mentioned in Gabriel's explanation.
    1. Who do you think is the anointed one in verse 25? 
    2. What about the prince at the end of verse 26?
    3. The desolator in verse 27?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can you learn from Daniel's prayer?
  2. Read 1 John 1:5-9.
    1. Why is it safe for Christians to confess their sins?
    2. How can you grow in "walking in the light" (confessing your sins to God and to one another)?
  3. God's promises to "put an end to sin" and "to atone for iniquity" seem far away for Daniel.
    1. Is God teaching you patience through something in your own life?
    2. How can God's word help you to persevere?
  4. How does Jesus fulfill the promises in verse 24?

Psalm 32 - July 27th 2018

Blessed are the Forgiven

Read Psalm 32:

  1. Who does David say is blessed (1-2)?
  2. What situation does he describe himself in? What is the cause of his anguish (3-4)?
  3. What led to his relief (5)?
  4. What application does David give in light of this relief (6-7)?
  5. What are his concluding instructions?
    1. What should we not be like? What does that mean?
  6. What two situations are contrasted at the end? How does this conclusion relate to the point of the psalm?

Application:

  1. What does this psalm teach us about confessing our sins? Have you experienced this to be true?
  2. What definition of godliness does this psalm provide?
  3. How does sin relate to godliness in this passage?
  4. How should this affect the way we live together as Christians?
  5. How should we respond when other Christians confess sin and genuinely repent from it?