Year of Scripture – Day 258

Readings for the next few days: 
Sunday, September 15: Daniel 1 – 3

What a breath of fresh air after reading Jeremiah and Ezekiel! Finally some light hearted, engaging, joyous reading. Daniel is indeed a welcome change for all of us who have been reading along.

So some of the basic . . . Daniel and his three friends are all to be appointed as aids to the king while living in Exile in Babylon. They are all given new names. Names that we probably recognize as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Here’s a little bit of an oddity about me, I always wanted three dogs and you could guess their names . . . Imagine stepping out on the back porch calling out. ” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego!” Well after two dogs, “Grover” and “Louie” I can promise three will never happen!

Anyways, as you read, did you see the parallels to the story of Joseph, way back in Genesis? Daniel is in prison (Exiled at least from his home land). The King is dreaming and no one can interpret his dreams. Amazingly God places Daniel in the right place to interpret the dream, and his is promoted to a pretty high place. Along with Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Sounds like Joseph, in prison, interpret’s Pharoah’s dreams, is promoted, and provides rescue for his family as they relocate to Egypt. How about that, history does repeat itself!

Then, just as the Israelites were enslaved by Pharaoh, those in Exile are about to be forced to worship a false god (one of many things they got put in Exile for in the first place.) What are we to do? What are we to do when we hear the “sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music?” Fall down and worship. No! Instead be faithful and dance in the fiery furnace. What a great reminder of God’s powerful presence with us!

Rejoicing that we have been saved from our own fiery furnace, in the words/song of Lee Ann Womack, “I hope you dance!”

Pastor Bailey

Readings for the next few days:
Monday, September 16: Daniel 4 – 6
Tuesday, September 17: Daniel 7 – 9
Wednesday, September 18: Daniel 10 – 12
Thursday, September 19: Hosea 1 – 7

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