Sept. 22, 2019
Daniel is now an old man, and a young, impetuous ruler named Belshazzar sits on the throne of Babylon. As Persian forces gather to conquer Babylon, the hand of the Lord appears in the Babylonian throne room; a sign of great terror for the wicked king, but a sign of great comfort for the exiled Hebrews.
Read 2 Kings 24:10-17 and 2 Chronicles 36:5-8. Why do all these writers mention the “vessels” from the house of the Lord? What is their significance in the story of Daniel?
How is “the hand of the Lord” both a symbol of his judgment and his grace? What verses come to mind for you when you hear this phrase?
How did Jesus experience both the hand of God’s judgment and redemption? How is this good news relevant to us?
As a Christian, the “hand of the Lord” should now be a source of great comfort, but is there anywhere this phrase brings fear in your heart? Why? How can we help one another think differently about this phrase?
Pray that you would walk in humility before the Lord and others, and that you would experience God’s hand of grace, power, and providence.
Pray for the non-Christians in your life to be humbled before the hand of the Lord so that they can experience his grace and redemption.