May 24, 2018 Morning Verse Of The Day

11:32 the people who know their God shall be strong: Mattathias, father of five sons, refused to offer sacrifices in a profane manner and killed the king’s agents. He and his sons then fled to the mountains and began the famous Maccabean revolt.[1]

11:32 — “ … but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”

Our intimacy with God—his highest priority for our lives—determines the impact of our lives. The better we know and love God, the more “exploits” we will do—not in our own power, but in His.[2]

11:32 the people who know their God. Jews loyal to God (called Hasideans) stood on firm convictions, suffering death rather than compromising (v. 33; as also 1 Macc. 1:62, 63). Judas Maccabeus, helped by Rome, led them in a successful revolt.[3]

11:32 and will take action

Probably does not refer to the Maccabean revolt. Daniel never unambiguously endorses the revolt; rather, he prefers the instructive methodology of the wise men (see v. 33).[4]

11:32 the people who know their God. Daniel speaks of those who opposed the Hellenizers and were ready to die for their faith (1 Macc. 1:60–63).[5]

[1] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1023). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Da 11:32). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Da 11:32). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Da 11:32). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1234). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

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