The Book of Life
“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
There are so many things to like about this brief few verses of Scripture.
We find we will have a wonderful hope in our future. And we find the wise shall shine Like the brightness of the sky above; Like the stars forever. And Yet not as a star. An important distinction. Mufasa speaks so soothingly, movingly and beautifully of the kings shining in the sky. Scripture could support that thought; today we know space is cold, quiet and empty. We do not secure an empty place, but a place of Love in His eternal Kingdom of beauty. And in reality, we know we do not see all the stars and to exist as a star is sight out of mind.
Daniel was taken in the second round up of Emperor Nebuchadnezzar II to Babylonian exile. And he did well.
How long did Daniel do the work of a slave, an exile and a court official?
So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
2 Chronicles 36:23
"This is what Cyrus king of Persia says: "'The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the LORD their God be with them.'"
And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.
This would seem to say that although we don't hear more of Daniel, he might have returned to Israel. He would have been old.
Daniel had to have had anger. He had a terrifying times seeing Jerusalem destroyed. Being thrown to the lions. Being dealt with as a slave.
Do you ask how to resist anger? As soon as you feel the slightest resentment, gather together your powers, not hastily or impetuously, but gently and seriously. For as in some law courts, the criers make more noise in their efforts to preserve quiet than those they seek to still, so, if we are impetuous in our attempts to restrain our anger, we cause greater discomposure in our hearts than before; and once thrown off its balance, the heart is no longer its own master. -- St. Francis de Sales
2 Corinthians 10
and take every thought captive to obey Christ
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
Being honest about anger.
James 1:19-20 Brother of Jesus
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the bosom of fools.
Proverbs 15:1 Solomon
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Deliverance and Salvation are works of the LORD GOD.
Even Archangels get irked. Thank God - He is real and gives forth real Testimony.
David wrote Psalm 39
I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse. 3 My heart was hot within me, While I was musing the fire burned; Then I spoke with my tongue
Zechariah said to the angel, "How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years."
The angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words."
Father God gives us Free Will. Zechariah demonstrates the will of mankind and the ability, glory and power of God in 2 Corinthians 10. We need God. God does not need mankind to produce His Will.
What is sure is that even in all circumstances.
God is Working. Working towards His Good we lean towards.
Thank God the Word He shows us has so many details - we see God is for us. Telling us the truth.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.
God tells us many times Jesus lived joy here. He does not spell this out - He tells of of amazing wonder and we must think that through - although He does tell us a few times. And in real life - joy irritation and humor carry us forth in His Great Plan. God giving us patience to "Rise Above."
~ And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.
Father God to You,
Help us to be in the Number when the Saints com marching in.
When we have strong emotion and are not able. we can reach out to hold on to the Hem of Jesus.
Help those we love to be in that number . We ask to bring forth more light, in Jesus Christ the Lord - bless all of us unto the Nation and to all of mankind believing in Jesus. Amen.
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