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Trusting God in a Hostile World

Imagine being taken from your home, brought to a hostile land, and forced to serve a foreign government. As Daniel and his companions learn what it means to serve God in exile, they live faithfully with steadfast hope in God’s promises and protection. Powerful kings rise and fall, but God is at work—establishing a kingdom that will surpass and crush all other kingdoms. Like Daniel, we cannot always understand God’s plan, but we can rest in his active direction over all things large and small, looking forward with hope to Jesus’ eternal reign.

Daniel Lions Den

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These daily readings will help prepare you for the upcoming teaching you will hear this weekend at Grace Church. These passages will create some context for the sermon by showing you Scriptures the teacher might be quoting and some passages that contain related ideas. Our hope is that as you follow this reading plan, it will help you become more defined and directed by Scripture.

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  • WEEK 1: Faith in Exile

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  • WEEK 2: The God of Wisdom and Revelation

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  • WEEK 3: A Kingdom that Will Never End

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  • WEEK 4: Idolatrous Demands

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  • WEEK 5: Nebuchadnezzar's Humbling

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  • WEEK 6: Babylon's End

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  • WEEK 7: The Lions' Den

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In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

Daniel 1:1

The Great Statue

In Daniel chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar dreams of a statue of a man comprised of different materials. This man represents all earthly kingdoms and powers that will be ultimately overcome by Jesus’ eternal reign. In the dream, this statue is crushed by a stone cut from a mountain, not made by humans, which represents God’s eternal kingdom. 

“During the reigns of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed or conquered. It will crush all these kingdoms into nothingness, and it will stand forever.” - Daniel 2:44

Daniel Idol Statue

HEAD

The golden head represents Babylonian rule, led by Nebuchadnezzar and then Belshazzar. 

ARMS

Inferior to Nebuchadnezzar's reign, the Medo-Persian empire is depicted by the breast and arms of silver. Notable kings include Darius and Cyrus. 

THIGHS

Next, the belly and thighs of bronze symbolize Grecian rule and the reign of Alexander the Great. 

LEGS

Made of iron, the legs represent a ruthlessly strong kingdom which crushes all its predecessors—Rome. 

FEET

Eventually, the Roman monarchy weakens and divides. Some branches remain strong while others are weak—this is depicted in the feet made of both iron and clay. 

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