This Is the Old Testament is part of a twelve-week thematic overview of the entire Bible. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book or two of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture. This week, we’ll continue looking at the genres of Major and Minor Prophets.
What Is Daniel? The book of Daniel records events in Daniel’s life during his captivity as an exile in Babylon. It also includes prophecies of events that took place in between the Old and the New Testaments, as well as events that are still to come at Jesus’s return.
How Daniel Fits Into the Story: The book of Daniel teaches us that the God of Israel is sovereign over the universe. Even when wicked empires have extensive reign, or we face severe personal trials, the prophet’s words remind us that the Lord has authority and rule over all the kingdoms of the earth.
1. How was God’s judgment on Nebuchadnezzar an act of mercy?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.