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December 15, 2020
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Could the well-known story of Daniel in the lions' den have glaring similarities to our current day? Watch and see.,#=#,Beth Moore,Courage;Strength;Protection;Faithfulness;Authority;Confession/Power of Words,Daniel 6:16;1 Peter 5:8;Proverbs 30:30;Psalm 57:1-6,Religion;Series,HD-BMLP2051,1227289

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Surrounded by Lions Part 2

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  • that he would not be obedientto the edict.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • I want you to look nowat the lions.
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  • You, of course, noticedthat Daniel is thrown
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  • into the lions' den
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  • and when you think aboutwhat it would be like
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  • to be thrown into a denof hungry lions,
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  • we are remindedthat humanity in its depravity
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  • has always beenable to come up
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  • with imaginatively terrifyingways to kill one another.
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  • Isn't it true?Isn't it true?
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  • Is there just no end to howcreative man can get
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  • in man's depravity when it comesto killing one another?
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  • It says that they threw himin the lions' den.
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  • The word for den there, you'veseen that word translated
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  • into English a number of times,especially if you've been
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  • in the Psalms.
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  • It's "pit."It's a waterless cistern.
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  • So when you hearthe Psalmist talk about,
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  • "Don't let me godown to the pit,"
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  • when he talks about beingin the bottom of a pit,
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  • it's the same word that'sbeing used right here
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  • into this lions' den.
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  • They threw him into a cistern,into a space
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  • where there were hungry lions.
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  • And so I thought I'd give youa little background
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  • on lions in the Word of God.
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  • I just love doing a word studylike that and looking through
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  • it, and looking at every time Iread almost every single verse
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  • in the entire Word of Godfrom Genesis to Revelation
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  • that has the word "lion" in it.
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  • And it appears abouta hundred times in Scripture.
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  • And so there are four typesof lions in the Word of God,
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  • and the first one is this.
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  • There's the animal species.
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  • These are real live lions.
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  • But also, number two, isthis: people as lions.
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  • Psalm 57 and Psalm 22 are placesthat are extremely significant
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  • that bring up lions.
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  • So that's animal species,number one,
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  • people as lions, number two.
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  • We're talking about four kindsof lions in Scripture.
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  • Number three, the devil"like a roaring lion."
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  • That's 1 Peter 5:8.
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  • We're gonna turn to itin just a few moments.
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  • Number four is the Lionof the tribe of Judah,
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  • prophesied as early as Genesisand seen in complete
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  • and consummate fulfillmentin Revelation 5,
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  • which we will alsosee in a moment.
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  • Four kinds of lions: the animalsthemselves, people as lions,
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  • the devil like a roaring lion,
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  • and the Lion ofthe tribe of Judah.
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  • So what is their commonality?
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  • What is it about lions thatmakes it significant enough
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  • to bring up that many timeswhether it's an imagery
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  • or whether it is literal in itscontext and in its sense,
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  • what is it about lions,what does it have in common
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  • every single time?
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  • Proverbs 30:30would tell us that.
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  • That a lion, it refersto a lion,
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  • "which is the mightiestamong beasts
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  • and doesn'tretreat before anything."
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  • There are two things about lionsthat are consistent
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  • and every single time you willsee it, that are to be somehow
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  • a tie between every singlemention and that is its might
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  • and that is its danger.
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  • Its danger.
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  • In all four of the categoriesthat I mentioned to you
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  • just a moment ago,we would see danger.
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  • Now, I want you to noticewith me, hold that thought
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  • right there because we'regonna circle back to it,
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  • did you notice with me thatwe know nothing of how
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  • Daniel's night went,absolutely nothing.
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  • All we know is howKing Darius's night went.
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  • And it said he fasted all night.
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  • Now, I don't know about you.
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  • I guess kings just,like, eat during the night.
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  • I guess they're the kindsthat just get to go,
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  • "You know, it's 2 a.m.
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  • I'm wondering if there's any--ifsomebody could bring me
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  • some butter popcorn."
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  • I don't know but I--fasting allnight is not what I really would
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  • have found most impressivebut the fact that he is up
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  • fasting and prayingis another matter.
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  • The fact that he is troubled,the fact that he cannot sleep,
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  • that he cannot wait'til morning,
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  • that is an entirelydifferent matter.
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  • But we know nothingof the night of Daniel.
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  • These are things that you and Iare gonna have to get to heaven
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  • and find out.
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  • We're gonna have to hearthe stories
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  • of exactly whathappened in that den.
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  • Did they roar?
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  • Did they threaten?
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  • What happened inthe den of lions?
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  • Here's what we do know.
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  • They did not likely becomesweet little house cats.
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  • How do we know that?
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  • Because in no time at all beforethe chapter is over,
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  • they will have eatena whole group of people,
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  • immediately after this.
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  • Oh, they were starving.
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  • They just didn't eat Daniel
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  • because the Lordshut their mouths.
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  • Remember those four kindsof lions in Scripture?
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  • Animal species, people as lions,the devil like a roaring lion,
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  • the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
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  • Let's look at two and threefor just a couple of moments.
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  • I want you to see someScriptures that refer
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  • to people as lions.
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  • So leave something herein Daniel chapter 6
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  • and go with me now to Psalm 57.
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  • Now, I love how the Lord willset a teacher or pastor, anyone
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  • communicating the Word of God,he'll set us up with a lesson.
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  • Now, sometimes, it alwaystroubles me when he doesn't.
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  • When I'm getting pretty close towhen I need to have it ready
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  • and I'm just a couple of daysout and I'm still not clear
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  • on what I'm supposed to teach.
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  • What I love best of all is whenhe's setting me up,
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  • when he's cornering me with it,when every place I turn,
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  • it's facing me again, well,before I ever even thought
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  • about teaching from Daniel,
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  • God already had started meon memorizing the 57th Psalm,
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  • and I've memorized it out ofthe CSB and, in fact, just--it's
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  • just a kindness of the Lord thatI would end Daniel today
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  • in my morning devotions,most of the material I get
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  • for teaching lessons,whether it's an event
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  • or it's on a particular eveninglike this evening,
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  • most of my material comes frommy own devotional reading.
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  • It's because somethingin my own time with God
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  • started jumpingoff the page at me.
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  • And that's exactlythe case for Daniel,
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  • exactly the case for teachingtonight and I'd just finished
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  • the 12th chapter this morning.
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  • But also, just finishedmemorizing Psalm 57.
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  • I'm very,very--very weak at it still.
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  • I can't get it word for wordwithout glancing at it.
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  • But I wanna read it to youbecause I want you to hear it
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  • so turn to it but I alsowant you to hear it
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  • because I want you to letthese words sink in to you
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  • and I want you particularly tohear the references to lions.
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  • "Be gracious to me, God,be gracious to me,
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  • "for I take refuge in you.
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  • "I will seek refugein the shadow of your wings
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  • until danger passes."
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  • Does that sound like a Psalmanybody might need right now?
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  • In the danger that hoversover us, this gorgeous Psalm,
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  • this plea already approvedby God, inspired by him,
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  • by God himself, "Be graciousto me, God, be gracious to me,
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  • "for I take refuge in you.
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  • "I will seek refuge inthe shadow of your wings
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  • "until danger passes.
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  • I call to God Most High."
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  • I love this part.
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  • "To God who fulfillshis purpose for me."
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  • When we are in danger,there's nothing that is
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  • any more important to rememberthan that God
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  • will fulfill his purpose for us.
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  • Anybody need to knowthat in the house tonight?
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  • Anybody need to knowthat on the other side
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  • of the screen tonight?
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  • Because there's somethingvery powerful in our praying.
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  • When we cry out for God'sprotection, we cry out for his
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  • deliverance, we cry to bein the--in under his wing
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  • in the refuge of our God, and weare reminded to God Most High
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  • who fulfills his purpose for me.
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  • Knowing there is nothing,nothing, that can interrupt
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  • what God wants to do withour lives, as we seek him
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  • he is so faithful.
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  • "He reaches down from heavenand saves me,
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  • "challenging the onewho tramples me.
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  • Selah."
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  • The scholars are not quite sureexactly what selah means,
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  • but it does meanto take a pause.
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  • It does mean to think a moment.
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  • It does mean think about whatyou just said,
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  • "Who challenges the onewho tramples me."
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  • "God sends hisfaithful love and truth."
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  • Here we go.
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  • "I am surrounded by lions; Isit down among devouring lions."
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  • Now he's about to saywhat he means by lions
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  • and this is very,very insightful.
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  • "People whose teethare spears and arrows,
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  • "whose tongues are sharp swords.
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  • "God, be exaltedabove the heavens;
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  • "let your glory beover the whole earth.
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  • "They prepared a net for mysteps; I was despondent.
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  • "They dug a pit ahead of me,but they fell into it!
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  • Selah."
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  • Think about what you're saying.
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  • I want you to hear those wordsbecause he talks about lions
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  • that when people are describedin the Word of God as lions,
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  • it's always about the sharpteeth and the mouth.
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  • It's always about the roarand it's about when the teeth
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  • are like spears and arrowsand the tongue
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  • is like a sharp sword.
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  • Did you notice with me, when hesays, "I'm surrounded by them,"
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  • did you notice after he saysthose words and describes
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  • their teeth and describes theirtongue, did you notice that
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  • he stops and takesa praise break right there?
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  • "O God, be exaltedabove the heavens;
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  • let your glory be overthe whole earth."
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  • Then he goes down to,"Well, they prepared a net
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  • for my steps,"and all the things
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  • that they had plannedagainst him.
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  • But notice right in the middleof it, he has to take a moment,
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  • and exalt God.
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  • Because this is the lifeof security in our God,
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  • that continually in rehearsingwhat has happened to us, goes,
  • 00:11:54.139 --> 00:11:57.542
  • "O God, you're exaltedabove the heavens.
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  • "Let your glory beover the whole earth.
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  • You are God and Ibelong to you."
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  • "They prepared a net formy steps; I was despondent.
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  • They dug a pit ahead ofme, but they fell into it!"
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  • This, I love this part,and I just know somebody
  • 00:12:13.057 --> 00:12:15.860
  • wants to commit this partto memory.
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  • "My heart is confident,God, my heart is confident."
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  • Anybody need to just be ableto make that confession
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  • in your God?
  • 00:12:24.702 --> 00:12:26.271
  • "My heart is confident,God, my heart is confident.
  • 00:12:26.304 --> 00:12:28.439
  • "I will sing;I will sing praises.
  • 00:12:28.473 --> 00:12:30.241
  • "Wake up, my soul!
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  • "Wake up, harp and lyre!
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  • I will wake up the dawn."
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  • And one of the reasons why Ilove to get up before daylight
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  • is because of this psalm.
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  • I love to think that mypraises could awaken the dawn.
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  • And I--you know, it's justa figurative picture
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  • in our minds but I lovethat thought so much.
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  • "Let my praises break the dawnout of its slumber and get it
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  • stretching its arms and limbsand come up, O sun,
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  • but you will not beat meto the praises of our God.
  • 00:13:00.505 --> 00:13:05.310
  • "I will praise you, Lord,among the people;
  • 00:13:05.343 --> 00:13:06.911
  • "I will praise youamong the nations.
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  • "For your faithful love isas high as the heavens;
  • 00:13:08.813 --> 00:13:10.415
  • "your faithfulnessreaches to the clouds.
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  • "God, be exaltedabove the heavens;
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  • let your glory be overthe whole earth."
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  • Hi, I'm Natalieand this is Selena.
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  • I know we all need something newto look forward to.
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  • Beth and her daughter, Melissa,have written a dynamic study
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  • called "Now that Faith Has Come,A study of Galatians."
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  • (Selena)This seven-week study
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  • will walk youthrough Paul's letter
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  • to the New Testament church.
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  • The material iswildly interesting
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  • in its original context,
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  • and relevantto our present world.
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  • We need our minds stayedon Christ like no other time.
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  • Living Proof Ministriesis so excited
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  • to present this study
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  • that we hopewill fully engage you
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  • in every word Paul wroteto the Galatians.
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  • (Selena)Visit BethMoore.org
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  • to pre-order your copy today.
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  • The workbook will releaseJanuary 2021.
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  • If you don't already have plans
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  • for getting into the Scripturesthis new year,
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  • join us as we diveinto the study of Galatians.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • (Beth Moore)I gotta tell you,
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  • we have all been through a lotin the last years,
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  • and I have never in my life,I say to you,
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  • I have never had more confidence
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  • in the pure gospelof our Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ Lift up the nameof the one who saves ♪
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  • ♪ He reigns forever ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ Lift up your praise ♪
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  • ♪ I will riseand bless the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪♪
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  • Let me tell you something.
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  • He's come to speak in powerto us this weekend,
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  • because his Wordis fresh and alive.
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  • That's the miracleof the Scriptures.
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  • (female announcer)Come join us in a city near you.
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  • Been thinking here recentlythat sometimes we may not be
  • 00:15:22.180 --> 00:15:26.851
  • the lion that is ripping peopleto shreds
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  • with their teeth but wecan feed the lions.
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  • There are all sorts of wayswe can egg people on
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  • to tear people apartwith their words.
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  • Sometimes we are the lions andsometimes we feed the lions.
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  • Turn with me to 1 Peter 5:8.
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  • Many of you may know thisverse well but it's so important
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  • tonight in terms of our lessonbecause this is a reality
  • 00:16:00.752 --> 00:16:04.522
  • we live with everysingle day of our lives.
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  • "Be sober-minded, be alert.
  • 00:16:09.527 --> 00:16:11.596
  • "Your adversary the devilis prowling around
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  • like a roaring lion, lookingfor anyone he can devour."
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  • In Africa, East Africa,specifically, to this day
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  • among many of the Maasai people,there is a structure that is
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  • called a boma that is built outof acacia bushes which are very,
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  • very thorny bushes, all aroundthe little community of people
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  • and the livestock.
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  • So in the evening, the livestockis brought into that boma,
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  • into that acacia,
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  • those thorny bushes that areall the way around it,
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  • and the people come inside bythe time the night is falling
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  • because that is when the lionsare going to prowl.
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  • And so often, I just think of itover and over again
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  • because I've gotten to see itwith my own eyes.
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  • And the moment I saw it,I thought, "That, to me,
  • 00:17:14.992 --> 00:17:18.963
  • is such a crown of thorns,"and I prayed over my family
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  • so many times, countless times.
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  • Sometimes I even draw itin my journal, just,
  • 00:17:25.203 --> 00:17:27.839
  • "Lord, set us in the boma,
  • 00:17:27.872 --> 00:17:34.879
  • "in the crown of thorns,
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  • "where the roaring lion
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  • may sound shrill in the nightbut he cannot devour us."
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  • Very, very effectiveprotection against lions.
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  • That's why they do it.
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  • That enclosure.
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  • I don't know about you,I just don't think I saw
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  • all of this coming.
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  • I don't mean ourcurrent circumstances.
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  • I think I thought when I wasgrowing up that the reason why
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  • I had so much misery in my lifewas because I'd had so much sin
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  • and darkness in my life.
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  • It was a total shock to me togrow up and realize that people
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  • who had done a whole lot ofthings right also suffered.
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  • It was a total,total astonishment.
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  • Because I think wemisunderstood life in the den.
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  • I think we thought it waswhere the television was,
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  • where the coffee table is,where the remote is.
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  • Right there in the safety of ourdens, where we can choose
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  • our Scripture for ourInstagram post tomorrow.
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  • And I'm not poking fun ofScriptures on Instagram posts.
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  • I'm as blessed bythat as you are.
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  • I'm just saying, life's not nearthat sweet
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  • when all is said and done.
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  • And it's gonna be rare that anInstagram post is gonna be able
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  • to save my neck when Satan likea roaring lion is throwing
  • 00:19:15.279 --> 00:19:20.518
  • his head back ready to pounce
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  • and devour meand devour my family.
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  • Back to Daniel 6 and we'llpick up at verse 19:
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  • "At the first light of dawnthe king got up and hurried
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  • "to the lions' den.
  • 00:19:39.637 --> 00:19:41.539
  • "When he reached the den, hecried out in anguish to Daniel.
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  • "'Daniel, servant of the livingGod, has your God, whom you
  • 00:19:44.275 --> 00:19:48.212
  • "continually serve, been able torescue you from the lions?'
  • 00:19:48.246 --> 00:19:52.917
  • "Then Daniel spokewith the king:
  • 00:19:52.950 --> 00:19:55.119
  • "'May the king live forever.
  • 00:19:55.152 --> 00:19:59.957
  • "'My God sent his angeland shut the lions' mouth;
  • 00:19:59.991 --> 00:20:03.261
  • "'and they haven't harmed me,for I was found
  • 00:20:03.294 --> 00:20:05.296
  • "'innocent before him.
  • 00:20:05.329 --> 00:20:06.697
  • "And also before you, YourMajesty, I have not done harm.'
  • 00:20:06.731 --> 00:20:10.334
  • "The king was overjoyed and gaveorders to take Daniel
  • 00:20:10.368 --> 00:20:13.971
  • "out of the den.
  • 00:20:14.005 --> 00:20:15.406
  • "When Daniel was brought upfrom the den, he was found
  • 00:20:15.439 --> 00:20:17.141
  • "to be unharmed, for hetrusted in his God.
  • 00:20:17.174 --> 00:20:19.777
  • "The king gave the command,and those men who had
  • 00:20:19.810 --> 00:20:21.946
  • "maliciously accused Danielwere brought and thrown
  • 00:20:21.979 --> 00:20:24.148
  • "into the lions' den--they,their children, and their wives.
  • 00:20:24.181 --> 00:20:27.718
  • "They had not reached the bottomof the den before the lions
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  • overpowered them andcrushed all their bones."
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  • What a horrid, horrid thought.
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  • Verse 25: "Then King Dariuswrote to those of every people,
  • 00:20:35.826 --> 00:20:39.330
  • "nation, and language who liveon the whole earth:
  • 00:20:39.363 --> 00:20:41.432
  • "'May your prosperity abound.
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  • "'I issue a decree thatin all my royal dominion,
  • 00:20:43.434 --> 00:20:46.504
  • "'people must tremble in fearbefore the God of Daniel:
  • 00:20:46.537 --> 00:20:49.473
  • "'For he is the living God,and he endures forever;
  • 00:20:49.507 --> 00:20:52.710
  • "'and his kingdom willnever be destroyed,
  • 00:20:52.743 --> 00:20:54.612
  • "'and his dominion has no end.
  • 00:20:54.645 --> 00:20:56.447
  • "'He rescues and delivers; heperforms signs and wonders
  • 00:20:56.480 --> 00:20:59.483
  • "'in the heavens and on earth,for he has rescued Daniel
  • 00:20:59.517 --> 00:21:02.820
  • "from the power of the lions.'
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  • "So Daniel prosperedduring the reign of Darius
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  • and the reignof Cyrus the Persian."
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  • Would you conclude the lessonwith me in Revelation chapter 5.
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  • I'm gonna have you turn thatdirection and if you've still
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  • got your hand in Daniel 6,I wanna show you something.
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  • It begins chapter 7 withthe vision that comes
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  • to Daniel and in the firstvision of a worldly empire
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  • coming up into--to power thatwill oppress the saints.
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  • When that beast is described,it says
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  • that "four huge beastscame up from the sea,
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  • each different from the other."
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  • And 7:4 says: "The firstwas like a lion
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  • but had eagle's wings."
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  • Over and over again,there is this picture.
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  • Even in Revelation 13:2, theinfamous beast in Revelation
  • 00:22:01.479 --> 00:22:05.783
  • is also depicted withthe mouth of a lion.
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  • It says: "The dragon gavethe beast his power,
  • 00:22:08.786 --> 00:22:10.988
  • his throne, and hisgreat authority."
  • 00:22:11.021 --> 00:22:12.857
  • Now, Revelation 5, I'd liketo read verses 1 through 5:
  • 00:22:12.890 --> 00:22:19.897
  • "Then I saw in the right handof the one seated on the throne
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  • "a scroll with writing on bothsides, sealed with seven seals.
  • 00:22:25.169 --> 00:22:28.873
  • "I also saw a mighty angelproclaiming with a loud voice,
  • 00:22:28.906 --> 00:22:31.942
  • "'Who is worthy to open thescroll and break its seals?'
  • 00:22:31.976 --> 00:22:36.947
  • "But no one in heaven or onearth or under the earth
  • 00:22:36.981 --> 00:22:39.183
  • "was able to open the scrollor even look at it.
  • 00:22:39.216 --> 00:22:42.353
  • "And I wept and wept becauseno one was found worthy
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  • to open the scrollor even look at it."
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  • I want you to pausethere, just a moment.
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  • The way I was taught wasthat this was the title deed
  • 00:22:49.093 --> 00:22:53.063
  • to the earth and to all thingsthat concern humanity,
  • 00:22:53.097 --> 00:22:56.934
  • and that it meant that if no onecould open the scroll,
  • 00:22:56.967 --> 00:23:00.504
  • there was no way to know whatwould happen next, what would be
  • 00:23:00.538 --> 00:23:03.808
  • the future of it, what--wasthere any future at all?
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  • And in all of these years sinceI was first taught that
  • 00:23:06.911 --> 00:23:09.413
  • in my late 20s, I've never seena better explanation
  • 00:23:09.447 --> 00:23:12.249
  • of it than that.
  • 00:23:12.283 --> 00:23:14.418
  • But whatever it was, so muchhope rested in what was in that
  • 00:23:14.452 --> 00:23:18.923
  • scroll that John the Revelatorwept and said, "No one
  • 00:23:18.956 --> 00:23:23.928
  • was worthy to open the scrollor even look in it."
  • 00:23:23.961 --> 00:23:28.032
  • Verse 5: "Then oneof the elders said to me,
  • 00:23:28.065 --> 00:23:30.568
  • "'Do not weep.
  • 00:23:30.601 --> 00:23:32.236
  • "'Look, the Lion from the tribeof Judah, the Root of David,
  • 00:23:32.269 --> 00:23:35.339
  • "'has conquered so that he isable to open the scroll
  • 00:23:35.372 --> 00:23:38.976
  • and its seven seals.'"
  • 00:23:39.009 --> 00:23:42.446
  • I want you to think about thiswith me because I told you
  • 00:23:42.480 --> 00:23:45.583
  • when I named those four kindsof lions in the Word of God
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  • to you, remember?
  • 00:23:49.119 --> 00:23:51.088
  • The actual animal species,people as lions, the devil like
  • 00:23:51.121 --> 00:23:55.292
  • a roaring lion, and thenthe Lion of the tribe of Judah.
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  • I said, "What dothey have in common?"
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  • And two things: their mightand they are dangerous.
  • 00:24:01.432 --> 00:24:07.338
  • So is the Lionof the tribe of Judah dangerous?
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  • And I wouldsuggest that yes, he is.
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  • That he wreaks havocon the darkness,
  • 00:24:24.855 --> 00:24:28.225
  • that he has conquered sinand the grave,
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  • that no prison can keep him in,and no prison can keep him out,
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  • that he walks on waves andthe winds do his bidding.
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  • That the lightning goes forthat his command
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  • and checks back in with him.
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  • That he causes rocks to cry out.
  • 00:24:50.347 --> 00:24:53.450
  • He spots even the mostwell hidden of hypocrisies.
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  • He is the brazen death ofall hopelessness and at his
  • 00:24:57.655 --> 00:25:03.928
  • appearance the sky will tearasunder, rolling back like
  • 00:25:03.961 --> 00:25:07.364
  • a scroll and his enemies willflee and he will destroy
  • 00:25:07.398 --> 00:25:12.069
  • the personification of allevil, violence, and terror.
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  • He who is called the lawlessone, 2 Thessalonians says that
  • 00:25:16.707 --> 00:25:20.210
  • he will destroy the lawless onewith the breath of his mouth
  • 00:25:20.244 --> 00:25:24.448
  • and bring him to nothing by thesheer appearance of his coming.
  • 00:25:24.481 --> 00:25:31.488
  • And at his command,at the command
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  • of the Lionof the tribe of Judah,
  • 00:25:37.361 --> 00:25:39.930
  • the old order will pass awayand he will render
  • 00:25:39.964 --> 00:25:43.634
  • a final death blow toall sorrow and sickness.
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  • Is he dangerous?
  • 00:25:47.438 --> 00:25:49.139
  • Oh yeah, he is the archenemyof death itself,
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  • the enemy of all enmity,
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  • the undoingof all injustice,
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  • the demise of all lovelessness,
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  • and the foe of all wickedness.
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  • So bear up, you Danielsin the making,
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  • who resolve,
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  • who make some decisions inadvance of the temptation.
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  • For in the end, only one Lionwill roar
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  • and he is our defender forever.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • You and I are at a time inhistory between two advents:
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  • the first advent of Christ
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  • and the second advent of Christ.
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  • And what I wanna suggest to youis that that is a peculiar place
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  • to be and we feel it.
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  • We in this diaspora,we the people
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  • temporarily residing abroadin a place
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  • that does not feellike home to us
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  • and most of the timewe do not know why.
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  • (Selena)If you don't already have plans
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  • for getting into the Scripturesthis new year,
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  • join us as we diveinto the study of Galatians.
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  • (Natalie)And we look forward
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  • to seeing you next week.
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