The book of Daniel has inspired Christians throughout the centuries to faithful and obedient service in the face of danger and persecution. Daniel and his companions were living far from their own homes and land, in a culture that was dominated by a faith situation completely antagonistic to their own, yet they remained conscious of their continuing commitment to the God of Israel. While occupying significant posts in the Babylonian empire, they refused to abandon their loyalty to, and trust in, God, sometimes at great personal cost, and were prepared to die rather than renounce their faith.
Faced with the might of Babylon, the exiles might have been tempted to doubt whether the God of Israel was truly God, or whether there was any hope for his covenant people. However, the prophecies revealed to Daniel assured them, and Christians today, that, though human kingdoms will continue to rise and fall, and despite seeming setbacks from time to time, God's kingdom will ultimately prevail and he will be acknowledged as the sovereign Ruler over all. For readers today, as for God's people of old, the book of Daniel beckons a dedicated commitment to God and his kingdom. In everything, Christ must have the supremacy and believers eagerly wait for the final revelation of his glory.
Written from an evangelical, Reformed perspective. Section by section commentary. Unless noted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version.
Allan Harman was for twenty years the principal of the Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, Australia. Since 2002 he has been a research professor at the college.
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