Reading Our Bible Together in 2020

Daniel Outside the Lions’ Den



Most of us have read only read bits and pieces of the book of Daniel:  “Daniel in the Lions’ Den” and “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Fiery Furnace.”  Admittedly, it’s not a long book, but even so, let’s find out what else happened to Daniel and his friends in Babylon




Aug. 31

Sept. 1

Sept. 2

Sept. 3

Sept. 4

Daniel 1:1-21

Daniel 2:1-16

Daniel 2:17-35

Daniel 2:36-49

Daniel 3:1-13

Babylon takes the Jews, including Daniel, into exile.

King Nebuchadnezzar orders the execution of all the wise men.

Daniel tells what the king’s dream was.

Daniel interprets the dream and is rewarded.

Nebuchadnezzar’s idol becomes the occasion of a conspiracy against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.


Sept. 7


Sept. 8

Sept. 9

Sept. 10

Sept. 11

Daniel 3:14-30


Daniel 4:1-18

Daniel 4:19-37

Daniel 5:1-16

Daniel 5:17-31

God rescues Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and impresses Nebuchadnezzar.

Nebuchadnezzar has a second alarming dream.

Daniel’s right again.

King Belshazzar’s party is interrupted.

Daniel can read the handwriting on the wall.


Sept. 14

Sept. 15

Sept. 16

Sept. 17

Sept. 18

Daniel 6:1-14

Daniel 6:15-28

Daniel 7:1-14

Daniel 7:15-28

Daniel 8:1-27

Daniel is the focus of a conspiracy.

The conspirators are a taste of their own medicine.

Most of the second half of the book of Daniel records a series of apocalyptic visions and their interpretations that foresee the end of the Persian Empire and the appearance of a mystical figure,


Sept. 21

Sept. 22

Sept. 23

Sept. 24

Sept. 25

Daniel 9:1-27

Daniel 10:1-21

Daniel 11:1-19

Daniel 11:20-45

Daniel 12:1-13

the Son of Man.  These visions probably account for Daniel’s position in the books of the prophets in the Christian Bible; its placement in the Hebrew Bible is different.



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