December 12, Reading 2 – Daniel 9

Reading

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SAA Notes

This is one of the great prayers of the Bible. It involves praise, acknowledgment of God’s righteousness and mercy, confession and petition. God answers Daniel’s prayer immediately. The term Anointed One (v. 25) is literally Messiah or Christ.

SJA Notes

“To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame,”

Why shame for us?

“To us, O LORD, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you.”

Is that true for us, that we have sinned against the Lord?

Yes.

What is to be our attitude when we come to the Lord. More, what is to be our attitude each moment of our lives?

That with God is righteousness, not us.

For us, we are shame.

But not shame without hope!

Daniel knows he is not outside of the shame, of the sin of Israel – And yet how wonderful is God’s thoughts on the prayer of the humble godly one, “At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved.”

YOU ARE GREATLY LOVED.

This is for us dear friends, brothers and sisters together on this road to glory.

WE ARE GREATLY LOVED.

God loved us so much, He sent His Son to be a curse for us. What love this is!

  • Father God,

Despite the sin that mars us, the shame we are burdened with – You LOVED US.

Thank You that Your righteousness can be ours – That of the RIGHT MAN, Jesus Christ.

Thank You that in Him our burden is lifted, born by Himself on the tree.

Thank You that in Jesus we are greatly loved.

Amen.

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