November 30 – Daily Notes – Amanda

apocalypse

Don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize the remainder of Daniel. Today’s reading marks a major shift in the content of Daniel. The second half of the book focuses on apocalyptic literature. It is the only Old Testament book with a significant emphasis on the apocalypse.

Daniel 7:1-28:

  • This chapter shifts the book from the stories we learned as kids to the apocalyptic portion of Daniel.
  • 1-8 – Foreign powers are no longer depicted favorably in Daniel.
  • 9 – The Ancient of Days is God.
  • 19-27 – The fourth beast represents Antiochus. Antiochus rises to power overtaking the faithful folks for a time, but ultimately, God prevails.

1 John 1:1-10:

  • 1-4 – Here John confirms that God was made flesh in the person of Jesus. And John wants to share that message with everyone, which will make his joy complete.
  • 5-7 – We can’t call ourselves faithful and continue to blatantly walk in sin. There’s also a rockin DC Talk song about this.

Psalm 119:153-176:

  • 157-158 – The psalmist doesn’t allow others to turn him away from his commitment to God’s law.
  • It’s pretty incredible that this is by far the longest psalm and it is almost exclusively about the psalmist’s love and commitment for God’s word.

Proverbs 28:23-24:

  • 23 – This contrasts a true friend versus someone who just offers lip service. One is helpful. The other is not.

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