“On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) Daniel 10:4
Daniel was in the right place or “path”.
Daniel was – at the place to see a “break forth” of his fasting.
“(Daniel) probably walking there, not for diversion, but devotion and contemplation, as Isaac walked the field…” quote by Matthew Henry
Jesus walked with “direction and course” for devotion and prayer with the Father.
“…first month” is speaking of the month of Nissan – Jesus was crucified on the 14th day of Nissan. I wonder if He was walking on by the Sea of Galilee 10 days after he rose?
The past three days I have prepared the posts the night before. Last night, after a long day, I choose to sit quietly before going to bed. Rising early, for the best part of my day, time spent in the Word. Pondering whether to take to prepare the post of Dalet, I want to be sure I am right on His path and not mine.
Coffee poured, picking up the little devotional book I read daily,
noted in my handwriting was Exodus 21:6. Turning to the Scripture, my heart was quicken with a sweet “Word” to open the door for this post today.
“He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl; and he shall serve him forever.” Exodus 21:6
The verse is speaking about one who “chooses” to stay by his master’s side and live in his house.
Yes, today Lord, I thank You for Your Word, which guides, and positions me at the door of all the good things You have prepared on the path. Blessings be upon all my friends and neighbors as they go on their paths today.
The Lord opened my eyes to see the beauty of His Son Jesus while reading Daniel Chapter 10. – Day 3 – Verse 3 – Third letter of Hebrew Alphabet – Gimel
“I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.” Daniel 10:3
Custom – mourners do not speak and stay inside.
Anointing oil is for joy – Daniel stayed “within” in prayer; he was burden for his people.
Jesus was hungry – Burden- barer “And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.”Matthew 4:2 (ESV)
“Though he (Daniel) was now a very old man, and might plead…” quote from Matthew Henry
Jesus “denied Himself, and did not plead…He chose to “lift up” prayer and devotion.
In Jewish lore, the letter Gimel, reflects a person who is running (can you see the two legs?) after someone to show them kindness.
If you have ever been to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, most likely you would have seen a camel waiting at the top of the descent, offering tourists the opportunity to take a ride.
The camel pictured here, was the same camel waiting for our group to come in 2011 and 2014. One look at his callous knees, and the amount of times he has to get up and down, I think you would agree, it is an act of kindness on his part.
I have often thought of this hardworking burden-barer, wondering if he will find a special place of honor, and rest beside the throne in our Kingdom heaven. I would like to believe his reward will be great for faithfully serving pilgrims over the many years.
May your day be filled with joy in the knowledge of the One Who left His throne to run after us with His acts of kindness and love. Jesus, Who bore our burden all the way to Calvary.
The Lord opened my eyes to see the beauty of His Son Jesus while reading Daniel Chapter 10. – Day 2 – Verse 2 – Second letter of the Alphabet – Bet
“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.”
Daniel 10: Verse 2.
Daniel was “heartbroken”.
“Jesus wept.” John 11:35 (ESV)
“Note, Good men cannot but mourn to see how slowly the work of God goes on in the world and what opposition it meets with, how weak its friends are and how active its enemies.” quote from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible.
Bet or Beit
The letter Bet is thefirst letter of written in the Bible (Torah). Genesis 1:1.
The Jewish sages or teachers, see the letter as ahouse with a roof, floor and a back, which blocks the view of all that comes before the letter.(As it is the first letter in Scripture, nothing else should come before Scripture).
The understanding is that the front of the letter, the door of the “house”are where the words of all the Scripture is “housed”, and inside the words are all the secrets of God’s wisdom.
As my heart’s desire was to capture photos to represent the Hebrew letters, this tent was set up at Megiddo (where Solomon housed his many horses) in preparation for a children’s afternoon play. I was delighted to “see” it on our first full day in Israel:)
ps: Hebrew reads right to left; my “tent or house” is visually backwards to the letter, but it was too pretty to pass by:)
The Lord opened my eyes to see the beauty of His Son Jesus while reading Daniel Chapter 10.
I has occurred to me, I have never explained each of the Hebrew letters and their word pictures. With that said, here goes, Jesus revealed in Daniel 10.
“In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision. Daniel 10: Verse 1.
Daniel is beginning to tell his story of the revelation of the power of God and Jesus.
“…like a lamb or an ox that is brought to slaughter…”Jeremiah 11:19 KJV
“…he understood…; so distinctly was it delivered to him, and received by him, that he could say he had understanding…It did not so much operated upon his fancy as upon his understanding.” quoted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible”
Photo taken while sailing on the Sea of Galilee looking towards Mount Arbel. “It is believed to be the location where Jesus would have gone to pray for it is walking distance from the Sea of Galilee, and its vantage point of more than 1000 feet overlooking the lake.”quote from “The King’s Highway – Jesus Revealed in Psalm 119”
“And after He had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23 (ESV)