January 31, 2020 – Friday
Daniel 7:13-14 NASV
13 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
In the first verse above we have the description of what was before Daniel was one like a son of man. A few versions found here say instead was one like a human being. Son of Man was a title Jesus gave himself in the New Testament from 65 to 80 times depending upon the version of the Bible one uses.
Our two verses for today from Daniel may be put in the following poetic format as well:
‘I was beholding in the night visions:
And behold with the clouds of heaven,
Came one like a son of man,
And he came to the ancient of days,
And they brought him near before him.
And to him was given dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,
That all people, nations and languages should serve him,
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And his kingdom one
That will not be destroyed.’
There is no suggestion on how these verses tie in chronologically with the surrounding story. Previous verses look back to the end of three empires. Still, this vision refers to the entry of one like a son of man before God on His throne. The term one like tells us this is a dream or vision. Clearly this person appeared to be like a son of man, or like a real human being. Contrast this with the description of the beasts, who were four kings in verse 17 The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth. Peter Pett says Thus unlike the previous kings who were like brute beasts this one was rational, spiritual and moral, revealing the image of God. It too represents a king and a kingdom.
However, unlike the four kings represented by the four beasts, the one like a son of man, His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. This is a prophecy very much like the one given to a young virgin by the name of Mary by the angel Gabriel in Luke 1:32b-33 The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end. Yes Daniel was prophesying Jesus the Messiah and His second coming. Matthew Henry adds:The Messiah is here called the Son of man; he was made in the likeness of sinful flesh, and was found in fashion as a man, but he is the Son of God. The great event foretold in this passage, is Christ’s glorious coming, to destroy every antichristian power, and to render his own kingdom universal upon earth.
Jesus came using the title of Son of man in the New Testament. He was the true representative Man, the second Adam and to claim He was the One Who would enter God’s presence on the clouds of heaven (Matthew 26:64). There is much more that can and has been said on these two verses and their relationship to Jesus in the New Testament, but I will end here hoping I have whetted your appetite to see and look for Jesus even more in the Old Testament.
It’s Friday and I hope you have a Great Weekend and remember to go to church.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton
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