This Sunday, we are in week four of a six-week series called Promises Unfold. In this series we continue to explore the Old Testament through the major and minor prophets. This week, we look at the story of Daniel and the Lions’ Den. It is a story that remains open to the future as an example of the experience of God’s faithfulness. It’s like other stories that we hear about in the Old Testament. The story of Joseph and his brothers, Esther, and even the story about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel chapter 3. And it is what the Christmas story is all about too. It is an illustration of God’s wondrous working despite all odds. It’s about God’s victory on behalf of all humanity and creation even in the darkest times of life. Knowing all of this, Daniel remains steady, even despite disaster and communal suffering. Daniel knows that God is the past, present, and future. Ultimately Daniel trusts in the promise of hope that is God’s victory.
A six-week series called Promises Unfold. In this series we explore stories from the Major and Minor Prophets. What do these scripture readings tell us about the very character of God and of humans? How do the promises of God unfold in times of suffering, conflict and chaos?