Questions for Reflection – Study of Daniel 5-8

This past week, I wrote of my study in Daniel 3-4 and there are also two poems this study has inspired.  Please check them out at these links below:

Boldness Through Prayer
Comebacks After Setbacks

The plan now is to post some thoughts as I spend some time in Daniel 5-8. Over the next two weeks, I will use the questions below to help focus on each passage.

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Daniel 5
Compare and contrast Belshazzar and Nebuchadnezzar. What is the message from God? How does the king respond?

Daniel 6
What is Daniel’s position under the third king named Darius? What happens to Daniel? How do you react when misfortune or ostracism results from godly actions on your part?

Daniel 7
What issues are brought up in Daniel’s dream? What do the beasts represent? As you participate in the establishment of God’s kingdom, what situations, tasks and problems do you find personally tough?

Daniel 8
Having seen who is ultimately in authority, what revelation is given to Daniel in his second dream? Who is represented by the symbols? What is Daniel’s reaction to what God shows him of the future?

The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ. 

Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.

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Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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5 Responses to Questions for Reflection – Study of Daniel 5-8

  1. A Servant says:

    I look forward to this. Daniel, chapter 6, is an incredible account of “taking a stand”. I know chapters 7 & 8 bring out the interest of many but the practical applications in 6 are the star to me.

  2. A Servant says:

    In Daniel chapter 5:2 Belshazzar commanded the vessels of the temple be used for his drunken party. Perhaps you can expound on why there were “silver” vessels in the temple.
    In the construction of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness there would be no silver inside the Holy Place. When did this compromise take place? Just wondering. 🙂

    • Mark Shields says:

      Good question. I’ve put some thought into this and got to thinking about the Golden calf. The people had made this as an idol and God told Moses that the people had become corrupt (Exodus 32:7). Maybe it was to keep them from using expensive material like silver and gold because the people seemed to want to use items made from these materials as idols.

      Then, I thought maybe it was because the Tabernacle was to be built as the transitory dwelling for God’s Spirit. In 1 Kings 6, Solomon builds the temple as the permanent dwelling for God’s Spirit.

      Throughout the Bible, God has always wanted to be with us but there was a separation starting in Genesis 3 after Adam and Eve ate the apple. Then, there is no longer a separation after Christ died on the cross. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:16 that God’s Spirit lives in all who have accepted Christ as Savior.

      • A Servant says:

        Couldn’t resist. I’ve done quite a bit of study on the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Knowing the furnishings were gold I came across this passage where there were gold and silver vessels. That would indicate that a compromise of some sort had taken place. Any such theory as when this happened would of course be conjecture.
        I hardly get the chance to ask such questions any more. It seems God’s word is not searched as treasure as it once was. I figured you would understand what I was talking about.

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