The story of Daniel inspires faithfulness and hope that God will bring all nations under his rule.
How can Israel have faith in the midst of darkness, rebellion, and exile? In Daniel, we see an exemplary man of faith. This remarkable piece of Scripture has encouraged the faithful for centuries and given us a glimpse of the hope of God's Kingdom yet to come.
A model exile
The book of Daniel is an account of a young Israelite living in exile. Daniel has a series of prophetic visions, many of which refer to the messianic figure, the "Son of Man." In the New Testament, we see this title applied to the person of Jesus.
Daniel is an example of faith in the midst of hardship, as he endures exile while remaining faithful to God. His visions predict hardship and judgment for Israel, but they also offer hope to an exiled nation. One day, evil hearts and rulers will be defeated for good when God brings his Kingdom fully on earth as in heaven.
Daniel and His Friends
Israelite prince Daniel and his three friends are exiled to Babylon, but they're exalted by the king when they hold onto their faith and way of life.
Daniel obeys God and is given the divine ability to interpret dreams for Babylonian kings. He also has his own dreams that appointed angels explain.
Daniel and his friends risk their lives worshiping God, and they are saved miraculously, first from a furnace and then from a den of hungry lions.
Confronting the Beast
Evil beasts manifest in Daniel's dream, symbolizing human rulers rebelling against God. But God defeats each one, and a Son of Man rises with him.
Daniel prays for Israel and receives a vision about the future. Kingdoms rise, fall, and kill, but God will rescue his world once for all.