Summary: Daniel found restoration as he had a burden for an answer, searched the scriptures, prayed with a repentant heart and was loved by God. We can find restoration in just the same way.
Looking for Restoration.
Therefore the LORD Almighty says this: "Because you have not listened to
9:I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon." declares the LORD, "and I will bring them against this
land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will
completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and
an everlasting ruin.
10:I will banish from them the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of
bride and bridegroom, the sound of millstones and the light of the lamp.
This is Jeremiah’s message to the people of Judah. Years of sin and ignoring Gods prophets, has led him to have to subject them to punishment They don’t listen to Jeremiah, and they seal their own fate. Jerusalem is taken, the temple is destroyed and the people are led into exile. The book of Daniel is written during this period of exile. Daniel, a young intelligent man at the time the exile begins, is whisked off to serve at the Royal Court.
Daniel, in many ways is a predecessor to Jesus. He refuses to sin by eating anything unclean showing complete faithfulness. Those around him become jealous of his success and try to accuse him. Not able to find anything wrong in his life, they make out that his faithfulness to God is in direct defiance of his dedication to the king. The ruler reluctantly sentences him to death. God spares Daniel’s life and because of Daniel’s faithfulness, even unto death, his enemies are condemned, and people of all nations and languages are brought to fear God. These are just some of the many parallels between his live and Jesus’.
Many Jewish scholars don’t rate Daniel among the major prophets, because he lived in luxury, unlike people like Jeremiah, and because he wrote the book away from the promised land. The truth is they ignore him, because he points to Jesus being the messiah probably more than any other book. Daniel suffered for his faith and proved he Had a heart after gods own. because even while he lived in relative luxury, his overpowering desire was to see Jerusalem and the Temple rebuilt. Daniel never forgot his roots.
I want to look at how Daniel came to see his desire for Jerusalem fulfilled. I want to pick the book up at Daniel chapter 9.
In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made
ruler over the Babylonian kingdom -
2: in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures,
according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the
desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
3:So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition.
in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.
4:I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed; "O Lord, the great and
awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and
obey his commands.
5:we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled;
we have turned away from your commands and laws.
6: We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your