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The story of Daniel and his three friends is well known and well loved. But the account of these four men, in a far away land, is so much more than the lion’s den and a fiery furnace that we remember from Sunday school. In forty days, experienced Bible–teacher Justin Mote, takes us through the historical account from the book of Daniel, showing us God’s goodness, provision and sovereignty, even when the situation seems out of control. We get to know these four men of God in a new way, seeing their discipline, devotion and love for the one true God. Each of the undated devotions closes with comments or questions to help stimulate further private reflection. These studies are ideal for personal use or group devotions.
Like John Motson when it comes to football, Justin Mote knows his stuff when it comes to the Bible. Here Motey (not to be confused with Motty) writes a forty day guide to the Book of Daniel. It is not the classic devotional guide, which quickly moves from the text to endless illustrations and stories from the author’s life. In fact quite the opposite. This is a serious attempt to place the Book of Daniel in its historical and Biblical context. Each section opens up the main points of the text and then asks a few searching questions to help the reader apply this to their daily lives. For all those who have got stuck after Daniel 6, this may be the book to get you over the hump and into the last six apocalyptic chapters. In so few words it is hard to see how this could have been done any better.
Justin Mote’s explanation of the text is masterly. He sums up main themes and points out small details with great skill. While most days focus on a few verses, some days are given to reviewing several chapters or to considering a particularly important cross reference (e.g. New Testament references to the ‘son of Man’ in Daniel 7). I really appreciated the author’s obvious familiarity with the book of Daniel and all the insights that he shares with the reader. The lazy reader will be able to get away with quite a lot! These devotional readings do not, like some other daily readings, give a list of questions for the believer to consider for themselves. However, those who are thoughtful will find it a fantastic resource which gives plenty of food for thought and prayer. One minor observation – I would have welcomed a few more comments addressed to the heart. The reader can, of course, do this for themselves — but, for example, I would have liked the remarkable way in which God reveals the content of the kings’ dreams to Daniel to have been highlighted in a way that naturally led me to praise him. Personally, I am delighted that this series is available. 10Publishing has already produced three other similar booklets — on Mark, Romans and 1 Thessalonians. I hope there will be more.
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