Sermon Bible Study Guides

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?
in Daniel

Daniel 7 – 11th June, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 7
  2. What are repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  3. When did Daniel see this vision?
  4. What did Daniel see? How does he describe:
    1. the four beasts?
    2. the Ancient of Days?
    3. the Son of Man?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What interpretation of the dream is Daniel given?
  2. What does this dream/vision reveal?
  3. Why does God choose to reveal it this way? What effect does it have?
  4. How do chapters 1–6 prepare the reader for chapter 7 (and the following visions)?
  5. What do we learn about the kings/kingdoms of the world? God? The Son of Man? 
  6. How does this passage point to Jesus and the gospel? Can you think of ideas/figures/themes which are repeated in the New Testament from this passage? If so where?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How would Daniel's vision impact God's people in exile? 
  2. Why was Daniel alarmed? Should we be alarmed also? If not how should this chapter effect us?
  3. How should God's sovereign rule over the future of humanity influence you today?

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