11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. “Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you. 12 You have fulfilled the words spoken against us and against our rulers by bringing upon us great disaster. Under the whole heaven nothing has ever been done like what has been done to Jerusalem. 13 Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our sins and giving attention to your truth. 14 The Lord did not hesitate to bring the disaster upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in everything he does; yet we have not obeyed him.
15 “Now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of Egypt with a mighty hand and who made for yourself a namethat endures to this day, we have sinned, we have done wrong. 16 O Lord, in keeping with all your righteous acts, turn away your anger and your wrath from Jerusalem, your city, your holy hill. Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers have made Jerusalem and your people an object of scorn to all those around us.
17 “Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. 18 Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. 19 O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For your sake, O my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”
The verses above from the book of Daniel chapter 9 are a source of wisdom as Daniel found out: I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
While a nation was trapped in the agendas of a spiritual opposing system, he dug into the “word”, studied and found a promise where he started to work with! It was not supposed to be forever! There was a time limit set to the years of oppression!
Daniel defined a strategy, a road to go, in order to get straight to the God of the universe and started to speak out a wonderful balance between reason, responsibility and response!
Reason: You oh Lord only did what you told us through Moses if we would transgress your law and turn away, refusing to obey you!
Responsibility: Therefor we and only we are responsible for the mess we are in! Our sins and the iniquities of our fathers made us end up where we are! He connected the generations by taking responsibly over it! His connecting with the “fathers” opened up a way to find solution! Not a THEM, but an US! From the moment you find a way to get out, you can take your own action instead of complaining!
Response: …hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, O Lord, look… Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see… We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy… O Lord, forgive!
As Daniel found out about the seventy years, as he trusted the prophet in his accuracy, he started to build hope in the hearts of the people by acknowledging instead of ignoring and with it gave them a tool to walk out! When you come to the point where God can not keep silent because you fulfilled the demand and now seek His favor!
In order to prevent us from entering the Malachi 4 conclusion: …or else I will come and strike the land with a curse we would be wise to dig in the words spoken to our nation and find a legal way out for the generations to come! RETURNING…