Triumphant hope, glorious hope, eternal hope

Learning From God's Word

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

In these words of Jesus, thee’s a great message of hope – triumphant hope, glorious hope, eternal hope.

Triumphant hope

Jesus speaks to us about “tribulation” – but this is not all that he says to us. He speaks to us of his triumph. These words of Jesus turn our thoughts towards his crucifixion and resurrection. For Jesus, his crucifixion was the time of his great tribulation. What suffering he endured, at the hands of his enemies! Jesus’ resurrection was the time of his triumph. We look at his crucifixion and resurrection, and we ask, “Why was he crucified? Why was he raised from the dead?” The answer is – It was for us that he died, and it was for…

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Daniel: a story of promotion and persecution

Delle's Inspirations

Part 5

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Silent Lions

(For Daniel)

The king did not sleep at all that night. Meanwhile in the lion’s den…

I could well imagine that there were a lot of snores that were coming from a corner of the den. Of course, you do know that this would have been the corner where Daniel was. Continue to imagine with me. If we were to take a walk around the den, there was probably a poster that said, “HERE BE LIONS”. In the other corner, a group of lions would be resting together. After all, they couldn’t do anything else at the moment because they are forbidden to eat him.

Back here in the real world, we can acknowledge that there was a reason that Daniel was able to rest comfortably. There was Daniel’s trust in God but what could prevent a pride…

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Part 4

The Longest Night Ever

(For the King)

It was a mystery that could not be solved. “How could I have allowed myself to be duped like this?” the king muttered to himself.  He threw another scroll aside and one of the servants sighed as it fell on the floor where the hundred or so legal scrolls were scattered.

This scenario is one that I imagined may have happened to Darius, King of Babylon as he pondered what to do about the situation that he had found himself in.  After he spent a whole day trying to figure out how to get Daniel out of the predicament that he had put him in, he gave up because there was nothing humanly possible that could be done about it.

After a while, he could no longer delay the judgement and of course, the ones who…

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Daniel: a story of promotion and persecution

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Daniel 6:4-14

The Plan and the Decree

The conspirators needed to get rid of Daniel in short order.  They decided that there must be something in his life that they could blackmail him with.  However, there was nothing to find because he could not be bribed, and he could not be bought.  He always insisted on doing things God’s way.  (vs 4-5)

This frustrated them to no end because they could not believe that there were no dark secrets that were present in his life that they could use. They then decided that they would use his Christian life and beliefs to trap him.

The plotters conceived a plan that would ultimately trap Daniel, however, the King did not seem to realise this.  The idea that was conceived appealed to the King’s pride.  After all who wouldn’t want the whole world to…

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Daniel: a story of promotion and persecution

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Daniel 6

New Government and a Promotion

A new King, Darius of the Medes was in power. This is after Daniel had prophesied the downfall of Babylon. He thought some re-organization of the Kingdom was in order and decided that He wanted one hundred and twenty Governors to rule over his provinces and then placed three Governors for them to report to. These three Governors then reported to the King.

Daniel did his job so well, that the King decided to place him over the whole kingdom of Babylon. The King realised that he did not lose anything when Daniel was in charge. So, he was able to leave the running of the Kingdom up to him. He was now the Prime Minister in the kingdom, and everyone had to report to him. However, not everyone was pleased with this and some…

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Daniel: a story of promotion and persecution

Delle's Inspirations

Part 1

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Trials often precede Promotion (Daniel 1-5)

Daniel had survived being taken from his homeland Israel and moving to Babylon. The Head of the Eunuchs was in charge of all of the captives that had come from Israel. However, these were no ordinary captives. They were from the Royal Family and others of the Nobility in Israel. Nebuchadnezzar was looking for the cream of the crop to fill the posts in Babylon. I am sure that Daniel experienced some culture and even religious shock, but he had purposed his heart not to eat the food from the King’s table. (Dan 1:8)

He decided to eat the way that His God commanded, vegetables and water. Not my kind of food mind you, but, very healthy nonetheless. At the end of three years, Daniel and his friends surpassed the other Israelites that…

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