Spectacular and Terrifying Visions Lead to Confession

In today’s Bible reading* Daniel has some spectacular visions that terrify him. Chapters Seven through Nine coincide with the stories in Daniel Chapters Five and Six. In other words, Chapters Seven through Nine are flashbacks. Daniel investigates Jeremiah’s prophecy and timetable and learns that God’s punishment on His people would last for seventy years. This…

The Purpose of the Exile

We’ve looked at the reasons for the Exile before. But let’s use today’s Bible reading* to look at the purpose of the Exile. Again, the reasons were that God’s people had turned from God to follow the gods of the nations around them. From the kings to the common people — except for a few…