6th Thursday after Easter

Daniel 7:13-14, Luke 24:44-53, Ephesians 4:1-16

The Book of Daniel contains many prophetic writings. Often the prophet themselves may not know what exly the s mean. Christians, by-and-large, don’t disagree much on these verses in Daniel have to do with . It seems pretty obvious, but we can often deceive ourselves when it comes to (think the Book of Revelation). However, with our understanding (and belief) about , this passage in Daniel seems to us only applicable to . Just think about that. Daniel was given a vision of the that in no way matched his understanding of , yet here it was.

Even living with , experiencing his life, , and , the s had to have open their minds so that they could understand Scripture, including the Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms. It wasn’t easy. had to open their minds. The s lived with during his time on Earth, and their minds still had to be open. What does that tell us about ourselves?

commands them to stay in Jerusalem until they are “emed.” Yes, we know what that means, but did they? then blesses them and ascs to Heaven. And off they go to the Temple? How many people would go to someplace different, rather than stay at their “great” experience? They had someplace to go, for they had something to declare.

The experience, the declaration, the way of life. Through the grace of Christ, it is to that we are called to live.

1) Do you ever wonder what people in the Bible thought about the events that they were living? Do you give them more credit (or less) than they are due?

2) The Holy Spirit had not yet come, yet the s’ minds were opened to an understanding of Scripture. What does that tell us and our understanding of Scripture?

3) More waiting. The worship at the Temple may have just been the outlet for the waiting. What do you do as an outlet when waiting for ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.