There is so much in this chapter. Be sure to read MacArthur’s Daily Bible notes, especially the explanation of each of the characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit.
But verses 19-21 contain another list:
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders,drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Notice that contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions and envy are in the middle of that list! And verse 21 says, “… those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Continue reading →
The book of Daniel ends with verse 13, “But you, go your way till the end; for you shall rest, and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.” While Scripture warns of judgment, God’s Word is also full of the promise of eternity for those who truly belong to Him.
Daniel 11 & 12
1 John 2.1-29
Daniel 11 & 12:
Go your way & take comfort in eternity
In Daniel 11 the angel Gabriel lays out an incredible prophetic view of future historical events. These prophecies are so detailed that people have tried to use their accuracy to discredit them, saying they had to be written after the fact.
It lays out the succession of kings to come in the Medo-Persian Empire and how each would be used by God in the process of the Jews return to their homeland. We can see the hand of God in using even heathen kings and other unbelievers to accomplish His will and care for His people. We also see in these chapters the ministry of angels on behalf of His people. Knowing and understanding that God is sovereignly in control of all the events of history—not just world or national history—also our personal histories should give us great encouragement to trust Him no matter what the circumstances of our lives.
The first three kings of Persia were Cyrus, Artaxerxes and Ahasuerus, who married Esther. The fourth was Xerxes who because of his great wealth and the army that his wealth supported pridefully took on Greece only to be shamefully defeated.
“Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these” (vv. 3-4).
This is Alexander the Great whose kingdom was divided among four of his captains when He died at the age of 32. He had created one of the largest empires in ancient history, but died once he had accomplished what God had used him to do. Two of his generals became more powerful that the other two, called “the king of the South” and “the king of the North” in Daniel’s prophecy. These became the kingdoms of Egypt and Syria who were constantly at war, with power, victory and defeat going back and forth between the two.