Small Group Questions: Week of 5/15/22

Daniel 9:20-27

Gabriel Brings an Answer

20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God for the holy hill of my God, 21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision.

The Seventy Weeks


24 “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. 25 Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time. 26 And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed. 27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”


Questions: 

  • In verses 20-23, while Daniel is still praying, Gabriel comes to him. What does these verses tell us about Gods’ response to our prayers? 
  • The seventy sevens show Gods commitment to bring about bring about the new covenant.But, this foretold fulfillment was still very far off. God will bring his work to completion, but it will not happen instantaneously. Have you ever had something in your life that you wanted to see the “fulfillment” (or resolution) of that didn't happen till further down the road? 
  • Philippians 1:6 states, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” How should assurance of God bringing the good work in us to completion impact us? 
  • This passage is notoriously difficult, not everything in it is crystal clear. Faithful Christians throughout church history have landed on different interpretations of this text. Whether you choose a pre, post, or amillennial viewpoint (or maybe you are just confused and unsure, which is fair), it is important to note that there are faithful brothers and sisters that disagree with you. How can we be gracious in moments (or continual states) of disagreement? How do we hold these things as important, but not ultimate? 
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