December 12, Reading 2 – Daniel 9

Reading

Audio, Visual

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

* God of mercy, please forgive us today according to Your great mercy. Please teach us today Lord God, may our hearts be humbled to listen and do.

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

Why shame?

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

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

Yes.

What then should out attitude be then?

“For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.”

It is God’s mercy that saves us – Nothing of our own!

Our righteous acts are as filthy rags (not very righteous at all).

The only righteousness a believer has comes from our King, the Lord Jesus.

So we are shame. But not shame without hope!

“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, from before the foundation of the world, that He sent Himself in the person of The Son to become curse for us, that we might have blessing.

What love this is!

* Father God,

Thank You that despite the shame of our sin – You LOVE us.

Thank You that we can have the righteousness of the RIGHT MAN, Jesus Christ, our King.

Thank You that in Jesus we are greatly loved.

Amen.

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