Summary: This sermon explains Daniel’s prayer and then encourages us to intercede for others just as he did.
1. Last week we studied chapters 7 & 8 and we found that we had jumped back to the Babylonian Empire and the reign of Belshazzar, which would place those two chapters chronologically between chapters 4 & 5.
2. Now we are back in the correct time order again.
3. Cyrus is actually the King of the entire Empire while Darius is in his first year as ruler over the Babylonian kingdom.
B. Verse two tells us what Daniel was doing in his spare time.
1. You may recall that Daniel had been overseeing one third of the Babylonian kingdom and Darius was considering putting Daniel second in command under himself over the entire Babylonian kingdom.
2. However, the other two administrators and the 120 governors got upset with him and conspired to get him thrown Daniel into the lions’ den.
3. Daniel survived the lions’ den, but the 122 did not.
4. The Bible doesn’t tell us whether Daniel ever got that promotion, but we could assume that he did since everybody else with experience was gone.
5. So Daniel was busy doing his job of overseeing the Babylonian kingdom, but he also tells us what he was doing in his spare time.
6. Daniel was studying the writings of another prophet.
C. Daniel was a prophet, but there was another prophet living back in Jerusalem.
1. That other prophet was Jeremiah.
2. Jeremiah was actually much older than Daniel and had been prophesying prior to Daniel’s deportation to Babylon.
3. Jeremiah had prophesied at the end of the divided kingdom of Israel.
4. Prior to the overthrow of Jerusalem, the kingdom of Israel had been divided into two halves.
5. Prior to the overthrow of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, Jeremiah was prophesying that it would happen.
6. Jeremiah was prophesying the fall of Jerusalem to Nebuchadnezzar and the Jews refused to believe him.
7. Jeremiah commanded them to submit to the sovereignty of Nebuchadnezzar because it was God’s way if punishing them for not keeping God’s commands.
8. The Hebrews therefore thought of Jeremiah as a traitor and was therefore disregarded.
9. Jeremiah is often referred to as the weeping prophet because he lamented the fall of Jerusalem and Israel.
10. He actually wrote a book that is called “Lamentations” which means “weepings.”
11. Jeremiah was still in Jerusalem because he was much older and was not one of the young men chosen with Daniel and the others to be deported.
D. Daniel tells us in verse two that he had been reading the Scriptures according to the word of the Lord that was given to Jeremiah the prophet.
1. Daniel said he was reading the part about the desolation of Jerusalem and how it would last seventy years.
2. The passage that Daniel was concerned with was what we call Jeremiah 25:1-14.
E. Let’s look at that passage briefly…
1. First Jeremiah tells us that God gave him this particular prophesy in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, king of Judah.
a. Now as Daniel tells his story, it began in the third year of Jehoiakim.
b. So Daniel’s story began within a year of this prophecy of Jeremiah.
c. That’s when Daniel’s first chapter actually took place, but when Daniel was studying Jeremiah’s writing, it was about 67 years later.