The Jewish exiles have to make a choice: obey the king or Yahweh. God rewards them for putting their death-defying faith in Him, showing up in a miraculous way.
Rather than placing his trust in a capricious king, Daniel put his confidence in the covenant and his God who came through again in a miraculous way.
Daniel went into exile determined to be different, his life was in danger, but he clung to his identity as a child of God in a foreign land.
The Israelites experience of God was that He was faithful, always doing what He said He would do: both blessing and disciplining His people.
What did “Anointed” mean to the Israelites? It declared the election to office, symbolised God’s empowerment and reflected His favour.
The best way to fully understand God as Shepherd-King, and Christ as the Great Shepherd, is to look at shepherding in Ancient Near East.
By looking at the big picture Scripture presents, we can see one clear image of God our Father. He is both The Great King and loving Father.
Our God tolerates no rivals. As Great King He demands nothing take his place of supreme importance in our lives.
If God is all loving, why do we have to wait in times of trial and suffering? Why does He ignore our cry, “How long will you forget me?”
The flip side of Christ’s gift of salvation and living “in Him” is persecution. What do we do when it becomes our reality?