November 25

Daniel 11, 2 Chronicles 36:9-21, 2 Kings 24:8-20; 1 Peter 4:4-19

1 Peter 4:4-19Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

[Daniel 12:8-10] Some clumsily attempting to lessen God's revelatory ability and others trying to heighten the supernatural aspects of Scripture have argued that the prophets who wrote Scripture often did not understand what they wrote. Daniel's plain assertion, "I heard, but I did not understand," is used to prove that prophets often "spoke better than they knew."

But this conclusion is too simplistic. It fails to ask the question, What was it that Daniel did not understand? Was it the meaning of his scriptural writings? Not at all! The incomprehensible words were not his own, but those of the angel who had been speaking to him (v. 7),…

Let us acknowledge, of course, that we often are better able than the prophets themselves to understand the implications of prophecies because we can now see many different streams of history and prophecy coming together. This is similar to one person accurately describing a country he or she has never visited versus another person not only reading this author's account but visiting that country as well. Nevertheless, our historical advantages cannot diminish the value of the original contributions by God's earthly spokesmen.

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Hard Sayings of the Old Testament (Downer's Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1988), pp. 213-215.

 

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