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in Daniel

Daniel 10-12 - 26th November 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 10-12
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. What characters are mentioned?
    1. How are they described?
  4. Do you see any connections to the preceding chapters?
  5. Why has the angel come in 10:12?
  6. How would you summarize these 3 chapters in one sentence?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How do you feel after reading? (Perhaps you feel like Daniel in 12:8)
  2. Why do you think God gave this vision to Daniel?
    1. Do you think that the commands to Daniel to "fear not" and the reminders that he is "greatly loved" affected his understanding? (10:11,12,19)
    2. How so?
  3. What is God's goal for those who would receive Daniel's writings?
  4. What do you learn about life and the afterlife from these chapters? (12:2)
  5. Can you match up these visions with any historical events?
    1. Are there any events yet to happen? (i.e. when Jesus returns?)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What can we learn from how Daniel responded to the vision? (v. 2, 3, 12)
  2. The kings are described in various ways (11:21)
    1. What are ways that you are tempted towards flattery?
    2. What are ways that you are tempted towards towards contempt or disrespect?
  3. From what happens to the kings and kingdoms in these chapters, how should we think about the rulers and authorities in our own day?
  4. Chapter 12 ends with a promise to Daniel.
    1. What is the meaning of this promise?
    2. How is this promise similar to the inheritance of Christians in 1 Peter 1:3-5?
in Daniel

Daniel 8 – 18th June, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 8
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. When did Daniel see this vision?
  4. What "characters" does Daniel see? 
  5. How does he describe them? Where do they come from and where do they go?
    1. the Ram
    2. the Male Goat

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What interpretation of the dream is Daniel given?
  2. Define the following words to aid your interpretation: desolation, indignation, conspicuous, glorious land, sanctuary
  3. Why do you think the Lord showed these things to Daniel?
  4. What effect might this vision have for those living in exile? (verse 14 offers hope)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Why was Daniel overcome and appalled by the vision? Should we be appalled also? If not, how should this chapter affect us?
  2. Daniel needed help to interpret God's message for him. What are some ways that we can seek to better understand God's Word?
  3. How is it helpful for us today to know that God predicted these things in the past?

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