This is the beginning of spring break, for myself (an educator) and my children (students), and it has been lovely. We spent a few days at the river; playing, resting, visiting. I read the book of Daniel cover-to-cover in two mornings with a cup of coffee while the children entertained themselves with board games and glorious free time.
My initial thoughts while reading were:
-God clearly reveals Himself to King Nebuchadnezzar and gives him evidence of His power multiple times (Daniel 2: God reveals the King’s dream to Daniel, Daniel 3: God saves the three men from the furnace, Daniel 4: Daniel is able to interpret the King’s dream) but still the King willfully reveres himself and has to be humbled (Daniel 4: the King spends 7 years wandering in the wilderness).
-Despite King Nebuchadnezzar’s eventual praise and reverence of God, his son rejects God and is assassinated (even though he KNEW all that had happened to Nebuchadnezzar).
-I need to do some additional reading to make sense of all the prophecies, because I don’t remember what all they predicted.
The verse that I focused on, however, was from Daniel 9, when he earnestly prays for insight into Jeremiah’s prophecy. While praying, he asks God for mercy for His people.
“So listen, God, to this determined prayer of your servant. Have mercy on your ruined Sanctuary. Act out of who you are, not out of what we are.” ~Daniel 9:17 (MSG)
In my mind, I put Daniel with Joseph, Joshua, and a select group of other leaders and prophets who aren’t necessarily the “we” of this verse. Obviously they aren’t perfect, but they speak of the collective here. I LOVE this verse. Do you know why? Because I identify with Peter, and we Peters feel this prayer, the beauty and the importance of being able to say, again and again, Lord, forget what I’ve done or haven’t done, and please just treat me mercifully because that’s who You are. That is what you do for those that are Yours.