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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?

Genesis 1:26-2:3 - March 23 2018

In his Image

Read Genesis 1:26-2:3

  1. How does God say he created man? What tasks or roles are involved in the way he creates us?
  2. Where does humanity stand in relation to the rest of the created world?
  3. What distinction does God provide within mankind?
  4. What does the Lord provide for mankind, according to this passage?
  5. How does God spend the seventh day? What is the result of his action on that day?

Application:

  1. What responsibilities should we understand humans to have in light of how we were created?
  2. What does this passage teach us about how we should think about creation?
  3. Both men and women are described as being created in God’s image (v.27). What is the significance of that? How should that affect the way we treat one another?
  4. Why might the fact that man is created in God’s image be important for the gospel?
  5. God rests on the seventh day and makes it holy. What pattern is God setting or teaching? What does it mean for that day to be holy? What is the importance of the seventh day in the Old Testament Law? What is its importance in the New Testament?

 

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