November 15

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14

“As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him.” vs. 13

Some people love to analyze dreams. They believe that these night visions, as they’re called in Daniel, can reveal hidden fears and aspirations, that they can even serve as windows to our souls. And if we happen to reveal our dreams to such persons we’re likely to get an interpretation, whether we wanted one or not. Occasionally what we’re told makes sense–at other times the interpretation is even stranger than the dream. Dreams do show up regularly in our scriptures, and people took them seriously and believed they contained important truths. Daniel’s dreams had particular interest to early Christians who saw in them a connection to what they had experienced in Jesus. Some of them believed that Jesus was the Son of Man described here and used this passage to define his role as the coming King. They taught that Jesus in his resurrection had been given “dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him.” Some followers of Jesus continue to find such language helpful and often refer to him as Lord. Many address him as such in their prayers–they’re convinced that he reigns over all and has the power to give them life now and forever. For them it’s not a dream! Jesus really is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords–and his reign is forever.

Thought for the Day: What form of address do I use in my prayers? 

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