Day 1: 1 Chronicles 8:29-9:1, Daniel 4:1-37, Ezekiel 40:1-37
Day 2: Ezekiel 40:38-43:27
Day 3: Ezekiel 44:1-46:24
Day 4: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, Ezekiel 29:17-30:19, 2 Kings 25:27-30, Jeremiah 52:31-34
Day 5: Daniel 7:1-8:27, Daniel 5:1-31
Day 6: Daniel 6:1-28, Daniel 9:1-27, 2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Ezra 1:1-11, 1 Chronicles 3:17-19
Day 7: Ezra 2:1-4:5, 1 Chronicles 3:19-2
- Daniel 4) Notes on Nebuchadnezzar’s madness. In general, very little information exists about Nebuchadnezzar’s last 30 years (Stephen R. Miller, The New American Commentary, 142)
- (Ezekiel 40) Why the new temple? Why so much detail?
- What’s the nature of the temple and its sacrifices? Is this a throwback to the OT sacrificial system? It’s a little different from the Mosaic system—there’s no high priest. The sons of Zadok are the only ones that God allows to minister before Him, though the Levites can help. Omitted in this text are the Day of Atonement, the ark of the covenant, the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), a high priest, and a full Levitical priesthood with all its duties (they only get to slaughter, wash, cook, and eat the various sacrifices) (Alexander, 948ff). If this is happening in the millennial reign of Christ on earth, it does include sacrifices, but they are symbols of the atonement, a symbolic reenactment of His death. I honestly don’t know what to tell you about what this means for us. Like most prophecy, it’s really hard to understand until it actually happens.
- (Daniel 7, 8, 10, 11) I’m going to refer you to Matthew Henry’s commentary on this. He treats each area in great detail, and he was writing in the late 1600s and early 1700s, so he hasn’t been affected by later trends in higher criticism (he believes the Bible). You can access him for free in lots of places, but I use blueletterbible.com. He can be found under the tools>commentaries>Text Commentaries section. He did all the historical research and put the details on the empires and rulers together, so he’s very useful. His commentaries actually cover the entire Bible, and it’s apparent that he was hugely biblically literate, especially with the way he links a lot of texts together.