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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Reacting to bad news

Below is a fantastic quote from the Word Biblical commentary on Daniel's response to bad news in Daniel 6:10 (ESV) 10 When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.

There is no fuss or rush about his stand, such as characterizes every action of his assailants. Nor is he a man who has lost his true human freedom. He retains that, while neither civil servants nor king behave as free men. He cannot hide the fact that he prays. When prayer is fashionable, it is time to pray in secret (Matt 6:5–6), but when prayer is under pressure, to pray in secret is to give the appearance of fearing the king more than God: one must “render to Caesar …” (Matt 22:21; cf. Acts 4:18–20; 5:29) (Hippolytus). In fact, Daniel’s “seemingly innocuous act” was “more … revolutionary than outright rebellion would have been. Rebellion simply acknowledges the absoluteness and ultimacy of the emperor’s power, and attempts to seize it. Prayer denies that ultimacy altogether by acknowledging a higher power” (Wink, Naming, 110–11).

1 comment:

  1. Great quotes. Your sermon this morning on this passage was insightful and convicting. Thank you for the time, effort, and passion you put into studying and preaching God's Word.