On Sunday we looked at more “theology in picture” in Daniel chapter 8. In this chapter, Daniel experiences a vision about the kingdoms of Media-Persia and Greece which literally makes him sick.
In order to discover what meaning this passage has for us, we first looked at what this experience meant for Daniel. We came away seeing that, like Daniel, there are many things we don’t understand, especially in apocalyptic sections of scripture. While we believe God’s word is true, we often don’t know when these things will happen. However, we can also take hope in God’s pattern of bringing restoration to his people.
This points us to an apocalyptic pattern that Jesus confirms in his promise in John 16:33, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.”
Read Daniel 8
What jumps out to you about Daniel’s experience in this chapter?
This chapter touches on a theme in scripture of the restoration of God’s presence, when God will say to his people, “I will be your God, and you will be my people, and I will dwell in the midst of you.” Where else do you hear echoes of that theme in the Bible?
How do you pray for strength and perseverance in the face of trouble and tribulation?
What are some symptoms of hopelessness that you have to watch out for in your own life?
Pray for each other to take heart in God in the face of tribulation.