- Genre: History & Prophecy
- Written: 530 B.C.
- Author: Daniel
Perhaps one of the more well-known names in scripture, Daniel was a prophet trapped in a foreign land. Captured as a teenager when his nation was conquered and his family most likely killed, he was taken away from all he knew and forced to live in Babylon where he was castrated and given a new name. He should have lost his identity through all of that, yet he remained powerfully committed to God through a lifetime of captivity. His life teaches young people powerful lessons in God’s sovereignty, what it means to be faithful, and opens the door to conversations around ancient prophecies.
Tradition holds that Daniel wrote the book towards the end of his life, and most evidence would support that claim. There has been some debate that it may have been written by an unknown author around 165 BC, but either way the message is important for believers today. The book is unusual in that it combines genres; the first half is written as history, the second half as prophecy – specifically apocalyptic prophecy. Together, both halves proclaim the same message: despite appearances to the contrary, God has the control and ultimately is victorious.
- Week 1, Babylon (Daniel 1)
A challenge to recognize God’s control and have the faith to stand for Him.
- Week 2, Belshazzar (Daniel 5)
A warning about pride and how it can negatively impact decision making.
- Week 3, Lion’s Den (Daniel 6)
A powerful lesson in just how important prayer is in the life of a believer.
- Week 4, Prophecy (Daniel 10-12)
A reminder that we are precious to God and have overwhelming victory in Him.
About this Series
Why is this series called “The First Testament”? Words often communicate unintentional messages. While we have called the testaments “Old” and “New” for centuries, these labels have had an unfortunate consequence: for many, the word “old” conveys the ideas of irrelevance and being outdated. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Paul wrote, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4 (NLT). When he wrote this, he was speaking of the Old Testament! Perhaps a better set of titles would be the “First” and “Second” testaments; together they give us the message of hope! The First Testament, two-thirds of the Bible, gives us the foundation from which Christ fulfills God’s will!