If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Kings 3, 2 Thessalonians 3, Daniel 7, Psalms 114–115. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can’t do all the readings today, read Daniel 7.
Up to this point Daniel has interpreted the dreams and visions of others but here in chapter 7 he received a vision of his own from the Lord. It happened at the very beginning of the reign of Belshazzar son of Nebuchadnezzar (v. 1). Daniel’s dream, like Nebuchadnezzar’s, had a lot of symbolism. Although the Lord interpreted the dream for Samuel to a point (vv. 15-27), the identity of “the four great kings” (v. 17b) is not specified in the interpretation. We won’t take time to unpack all the symbols and the meaning of this prophecy; for now, just notice that the end of these human kingdoms happens when “the son of man” (v. 13a) “was given authority, glory, and sovereign power” (v. 14a). Verse 14 tells us that, “He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” This is, of course, a prophecy of Jesus. Though Christ did come, the fulfillment of this part of his ministry is still future to us. We see that in verse 13 which says that this one was, “… a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven.” The “clouds of heaven” part of this prophecy is a clear reference to Christ’s second coming, not his first coming when he arrived as a virgin-born boy. This promise will finally happen when Christ returns and establishes his kingdom on earth.
Notice that verse 14 says, “all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him,” and verse 27 repeats the thought: “…all rulers will worship and obey him.” The fact that this coming “son of man” receives worship from “all nations and peoples” and from “all rulers” indicates that he is more than just any old “son of man.” Only God is fit to receive worship; the fact that Jesus would receive worship and does receive it today is a clear indication of hi deity. Although he was “son of man” he was also “son of God” and is therefore worthy of our worship and praise.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we’ll talk scripture again tomorrow.