The Story: Week 18

Note: At North Baptist Church we are currently on a 31 week journey
through the entire Bible. Called The Story, this journey finds us
discussing the same Bible passage in our personal reading time, the
sermon, Adult Bible Fellowships, and Small Groups. I figured I would
post a few thoughts each week as I go through my lesson prep.

daniel lions denIn last week’s reading for The Story we saw that the kingdom of Judah—led by the Davidic king—is taking into captivity by Babylon. The people of God are once again far from the Promised Land, without a Davidic king to reign. This begs the question: Will God be faithful to His promises He made to the people?

Fortunately, the biblical narrative doesn’t stop in 2 Kings; this week in The Story we find ourselves in Babylon following the exploits of 4 young Jewish exiles: Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. What’s surprising about these 4 men is that they are faithful to God and His commands; unlike the former kings of Judah and Israel that led the people towards idolatry, these men do not participate in the various forms of Babylonian worship. Throughout the book of Daniel—both in the narrative and visions—God is shown to be greater in power and rule than the pagan kings.

This Sunday in ABF we will look closer at how the actions of Daniel & Co. demonstrate God’s rule and reign even over a foreign pagan society.

Brandon Schmidt

I am Brandon Schmidt: writer, husband, father, brother, reader, and laugher.

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