Day 15—One Like the Son of Man
Read Daniel 7:9–14
“As I looked,
“thrones were set in place,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat.
His clothing was as white as snow;
the hair of his head was white like wool.
His throne was flaming with fire,
and its wheels were all ablaze.
A river of fire was flowing,
coming out from before him.
Thousands upon thousands attended him;
ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him.
The court was seated,
and the books were opened.
“Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking. I kept looking until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the blazing fire. (The other beasts had been stripped of their authority, but were allowed to live for a period of time.)
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
Daniel was one among many Israelites taken to Babylon before all the Israelites were expelled in 587/6 BC. He was an example of someone who remained faithful to God even amidst great pressure to conform to Babylonian culture and influences. Like Joseph before him, Daniel found himself in a high position in the Babylonian government, and the stories about him and those exiled with him are legend—the story of Daniel surviving being thrown into a lion’s den, the story of his friends escaping the burning furnace, and the eerie story of the writing on the wall. But it is also in the book of Daniel that God begins to give some clear depictions of what the future holds for His people and for the whole world.
In today’s passage in particular, we read Daniel’s report of a vision he had of “one like a son of man” approaching God on His throne and being given authority, glory, sovereign power, worship, and dominion. Scholars believe this “son of man” describes Jesus because He referred to Himself as the Son of Man (for example, Matthew 12:8; Luke 19:10; John 5:27). Daniel describes the Son of Man’s kingdom as everlasting, and one that will never be destroyed.
• Why do you think God gave Daniel the dream about the coming kingdom and the Son of
• What are the elements of the coming kingdom of God? What makes this coming kingdom different than any other kingdom?
• What characteristics come to mind when you think of worldly kingdoms? What characteristics come to mind when you think of God’s kingdom?
• What does today’s passage reveal to you about God?
God of heaven, thank You for the hope of this passage—that there is a kingdom, the one Jesus inaugurated, that is and will be unlike any kingdom the world has ever seen and that will last forever. As I look at our world, so filled with injustice, war, violence, corruption, and hatred, I long for this coming kingdom. Give me eyes to see where this kingdom is already breaking in so I can celebrate and be a part of it. And help me to be faithful to You, as Daniel was, in the face of a world that continues to call me away. Amen.