Lectionary for November 18, 2018
Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Series B, ESV
Daniel 12:1-3, The Time of the End
Ask most Sunday school aged children about the major prophet Daniel and the stories of the fiery furnace, chapter 3, and the lion's den, chapter 6, may be cited. What they may not know, however, is over a third of Daniel's book cites prophecy, namely chapters 8-12. For instance, in chapter 11 we find prophecies concerning Persia and Greece in verses 2-4, prophecies concerning Egypt and Syria in verses 5-35, and prophecies concerning the antichrist in verses 36-45.
What is meant in verse 1 by At that time? Daniel 11:36-45 The archangel Michael is mentioned by name. Where else is he specifically mentioned? Daniel 10:13, 21; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7 What do we know about the time of trouble? Daniel 9:9-14; Mark 13:19-20; Revelation 16:17-21 written in the book, check out these other interesting cross-references. Exodus 32:31-35; Psalm 56:8-9; Jeremiah 17:13; Luke 10:17-20
Though the wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, verse 3, what might the wise go through before then? Daniel 11:33-35
Psalm 16, You Will Not Abandon My Soul
This psalm praises the Lord for numerous earthly blessings but moves toward a climactic expression of hope for life in God's presence beyond the grave.
Verse 1, Preserve me, O God is the petition and for in you I take refuge is the basis for it. The rest of the psalm elaborates on the basis.
no good apart from You , verse 2. David emphasizes the Lord as his one source of blessing, a criticism of idolatry. Psalm 73:25
Who are the saints in the land, verse 3? Exodus 19:5-6; 1 Peter 2:9-10; Psalm 30:4; Psalm 85:8; Acts 9:11-13; Romans 1:7
In verse 4, surrounding nations often worshiped their gods by pouring libations (drink offerings) on the ground or on an altar. Isaiah 1:11, 15; Exodus 23:13
Regarding verse 5, Numbers 18:20 describes Aaron's distribution of the Promised Land after the conquest. David claims the Lord is as precious to him as his ancestral plot of land.
In verse 6, David offers thanks and praise for a beautiful estate and holding of property. However, David also refers to his eternal dwelling in verses 10-11.
David praises the Lord who gives me counsel, verse 7. 1 Samuel 23:9-12 and 2 Samuel 5:18-19 provide a couple of examples. in the night also my heart instructs me , David prayed and meditated on God's Word nightly. Psalm 42:8
What does it mean to have God at your right hand, verse 8? Psalm 109:31, 110:5, 121:5 What are some characteristics of people who shall not be shaken? Psalm 15
In verse 10, holy one refers first of all to David, but the psalm is ultimately fulfilled in Christ. Mark 1:21-24
In verse 11, David proclaims, at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 36:7-9 expands on those pleasures.
Hebrews 10:11-25, The Full Assurance of Faith
Why isn't animal sacrifice needed to cover the sins we commit in the present day? Hebrews 10:12-14
In verse 15, the Holy Spirit testifies to the new covenant found in verses 16 and 17. Jeremiah 31:31-34
Verse 18 concludes beautifully why there is no longer any offering for sin.
In verses 22-25, five appeals spring from Jesus' provision for our reconciliation to his Father. What are they?
Mark 13:1-13, Signs of the Close of the Age
There will not be left here one stone upon another , verse 2, was literally fulfilled in A.D. 70 when the Romans under Titus completely destroyed Jerusalem and the temple buildings. Stones were even pried apart to collect the gold leaf that melted from the roof when the temple was set on fire. Jesus mentions more about Jerusalem's eventual destruction in Luke 19:41-44.
In verse 5, Jesus warns us to See that no one leads you astray. Jesus earnestly reiterates this warning in verse 9,be on your guard, verse 23,be on guard, verse 33,Be on guard, keep awake, verse 35,Therefore stay awake, and verse 37, Stay awake. What are some of the characteristics of deception? Mark 13:22; Jeremiah 29:8-9; Ephesians 5:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 1 John 4:2-6
Though we may never be brought to trial, verse 11, because of Christ, what will we experience? 2 Timothy 3:12
Why will we be hated by all, verse 13? John 15:17-21