to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
September 23, 2019 – Monday
Daniel 7:27 NIV
27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.’
First a summary of the book of Daniel and where in Daniel’s timeline the vision described in this chapter took place. Daniel chapters 1-6 describe the life and times of Daniel. Chapters 7-12 describe visions Daniel had. In order of events, the vision described in Daniel seven took place during the time between Daniel chapters four and five according to David Guzik. This chapter is about Daniel’s dream of four beasts and the interpretation of the dream as well.
Peter Pett’s commentary tells us
In this chapter four empires under their kings are depicted as arising which will be like wild beasts. They represent the whole of the present and future until the rise of God’s everlasting kingdom, the fifth empire, the empire which results from the fulfilment of the covenant. We can compare here chapter 2, and can, unless we have reason to see otherwise, assume the same four empires, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece (as also specifically in chapter 8) and the apocalyptic empire.
Our verse of the day comes at the end of the interpretation of the dream where all rulers will worship and obey Him. Know that Daniel did not interpret the dream himself, but asked for help.
15 “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me. 16 I approached one of those standing there and asked him the meaning of all this.
Those standing there were heavenly beings (angels?) and one promised to give him the interpretation he sought. The explanation lines up closely with Petts comments above.
17 ‘The four great beasts are four kings that will rise from the earth. 18 But the holy people of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever.’
Daniel’s greatest interest was in the fourth king and kingdom as that was the most terrifying to him.
19 “Then I wanted to know the meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others and most terrifying, with its iron teeth and bronze claws—the beast that crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left.
The heavenly being provided the following answer
24 The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom. After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times and half a time.
After this though comes what I will call the Great Promise when we come to our verse of the day.
26 “‘But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.’
Referring back to verse eighteen we know the everlasting kingdom will last for ever and ever. Some commentators believe this is the millennial period and others disagree as it only lasts for a thousand years. Yet it could mean the millennial period and the eternity that follows. Final note, the kingdoms are given to the holy people of the Most High. Given, as in another form of Grace.
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)
* Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)