In the first chapter of Daniel, we heard how Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were faithful to God in not wanting to be defiled by the king’s food, and later they were found better than their companions and chosen for service to King Nebuchadnezzar.
Yesterday we heard two dramatic messages. One was about the failure of Jerusalem to appropriately respond to God’s impending judgment (which was remarkably like Nero fiddling while Rome burned). Then there was the message to Shebna, the palace administrator. Eliakim would take his place and be like a nail firmly driven in a wall, and the holder of the key to David’s house. He can be understood as a figure of Christ.
We’ll start reading today by reviewing the greater glory of the new covenant Paul spoke of at the end of chapter 3.
GNT Translation notes:
2Cor. 3:14 Their minds, indeed, were closed; and to this very day their minds are covered with the same veil as they read the books of the old covenant. The veil is removed only when a person is joined [in union with//to] Christ.
4:12 This means that death is at work in us [apostles], but life is at work in you.
13 The scripture says, “I spoke because I believed.” In the same spirit of [belief//faith] we also speak because we believe.
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