This week we finally fish up the fourth major prophetic book (Ezekiel), read through the fifth book (Daniel) and begin the sixth one (Hosea)!
The prophet Daniel was one of the young men carried off into exile in Babylon, along with three of his friends. While there, they were selected for leadership and given new names. We don't call Daniel by his foreign name (Belteshazzar), but we do call his friends by their exile names (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego). Daniel famously is imprisoned in a lions' den for expressing his faith at one point and he's also known for his interpretation of dreams.
The book of Daniel with its twelve chapters can be broken down into three sections: 1) Daniel 1:1-2:3 which introduces Daniel and his friends and their circumstances; 2) Daniel 2:4-7:28 which are the court tales of Daniel and his friends living among the Babylonians; and 3) Daniel 8:1-12:13 which contains Daniel's prophetic visions of Israel's future.
Here is the schedule:
2, Sunday: Ezekiel 36-39
3, Monday: Ezekiel 40-43
4, Tuesday: Ezekiel 44-47
5, Wednesday: Ezekiel 48 - Daniel 3
6, Thursday: Daniel 4-7
7, Friday: Daniel 8-11
8, Saturday: Daniel 12 - Hosea 3
May God bless the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen!