Sunday School Perspective
“A CRY FOR HELP”
Daniel 9:4-8, 15-19
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of Daniel Chapter 9: Verses 4-8, 15-19 and it offers a message about Daniel’s humble manner, diligence and faith in requesting help for his ministry.
Key Verse: “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.” Daniel 9:19, KJV: This verse reveals Daniel’s sincere, humble prayer to God requesting his grace and mercy.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 is “A Cry for Help” and it brings attention the great need for restoration of among the Israelites because they were still unfaithful and disconnected from God.
The objective for students and readers is to remain sincere, humble, faithful and remember to repent as we grow in God’s grace.
Daniel’s Confession to God (Daniel 9:4-8)
The lesson unfolds continuing the study of Daniel ministry. It is clear that Daniel knew the Lord and he was appreciative for his tender care and protection, because he has a relationship with Him. He confessed His sinful nature and the sinful nature of Israel’s iniquity, their wicked, and their rebellious attitude. He goes on to confess the other commitments that would cause God’s ultimate judgment on the entire nation. “And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.” (Verses 4-8)
Request of God (Daniel 9:15-19)
It is significant in these verses that humble Daniel brings his prayer to closure by boldly petitioning God to restore Jerusalem and allow the Israelites to return. He goes on to assure the Lord that he understands the restoration was not for their righteousness but for His great mercies. “And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord’s sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.” (Verses 15-19)
PRAISE THE LORD.