- David, Solomon, and the Monarchy. Of course, it’s hard to believe, especially if you’re a new student of God’s Word, but don’t you find it to be a marvelous blessing for us to put him at the two-gated city of Shaaraim? Does the Bible give you enough evidence that you never doubt the rule of King David and his dynasty? How does that support your understanding of the Messiah’s coming?
- Isaiah, Hezekiah, and Sennacherib. In light of Daniel’s experience as one of God’s chosen leaders, how did he obtain such a thorough understanding of God’s plan? Aren’t you always amazed at Daniel’s total commitment to following God no matter what? What was the relationship between Daniel and the Messiah? When we read about the amazing work God’s people accomplished, why do we worry and fret over the “attack” of billions upon billions of vile, infected microscopic insects on people throughout the world?
- Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, and Babylon. What does the story of Nebuchadnezzar’s conversion tell us about the kind of preparation Daniel had for a life of service to God? Imagine a national leader today being converted to Christianity by the influence and example of someone with Daniel’s sense of conviction and devotion. The lion was a symbol of power. What did wings on the lion represent? How long has it been since you “purposed in your heart” to serve God in a special way as He leads?
- The historical Jesus. Archeological evidence makes it easier for us to believe and follow Jesus. Is that important to you? Should it be? How does it make you feel to learn of archeological discoveries of tombstones, graves, and even bones that correspond with people we’ve come to know through Scripture? What do non-Biblical discoveries do for you in your walk with Jesus? What is the danger in depending on these findings too much?
- Faith and History. What lessons do Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, and other Bible heroes have to teach us? Can we learn from those less inclined than we may be to obey God and lead others through our own dedication to God to obey His will for us? Is God building a tabernacle of faith today, in the 21st century, where we can build on the marvelous history of God’s people? How can we participate in the final chapter in the history of a fallen earth?