THEME: The Consequences of Sin
PASSAGE: Daniel 9:1-15
HYMN: MHB 475 – I NEED thee every hour.
MEMORY VERSE: Daniel 9:1″Yes, all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey our voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us because we have sinned against Him.”
In the midst of the kingdom transitions that happened after the fall of the great Babylonian Empire, Daniel, as well as all the Jewish captives who lived within the territories of the former Babylonian Empire were apprehensive. They were nearing the end of the seventy years of captivity that was prophesied by Jeremiah.
Darius was ageing, and soon all military and civil authority would soon be shifted to Cyrus within two years of the date given here. It was thus a time for intercessory prayer to avert the consequence of sin upon the nation of Israel and confession on behalf of the people of God.
The people of God were in captivity because they rejected the culture of righteousness given to them through the law of God. They adopted the wickedness of the idolatrous nations around them and then went beyond what the nations did in behaving wickedly.
God was just in bringing national calamity upon Israel because of her apostasy.
From those who were taken captive, God raised only a remnant through which He would bring the Messiah into the world. Hence, we should always strive to shun sin as a nation so as to avoid national calamity as it was with the nation of Israel. God is no respecter of anyone, no matter how big or influential he/she may be.
Is there any sin that you are harbouring in your heart? It is dangerous to your existence here and in eternity. Go to the presence of God with contrite heart, confess your sins and ask for forgiveness. He is the pardoning God.
PRAYER: Loving Heavenly Father, by Your mercy, forgive my sins and deliver me from the power of flesh in all its dealings henceforth in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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