Why the Two Resurrections Matter Today

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: Daniel 12, Psalm 119:49-72 (note: for the mobile email readers, see below for full text of passages and let us know if this is helpful)

Moses

When God’s people were entering the Promised Land, Moses gave his final counsel: “Be strong and courageous … for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you” [1]. Yet, they would forsake Him. God said, “[They] will arise and play the harlot with the strange gods … and will forsake Me and break My covenant” [2].

Moses warned them [3]: “Take to your heart all the words with which I am warning you … For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life. And by this word you will prolong your days in the land, which you are about to cross the Jordan to possess” [4].

Yet, Israel did not heed his warning. Almost immediately, they forgot God and worshipped idols [5]. Although He gave them opportunities to repent [6], they continued sinning until He finally called Babylon to invade the land and exile the people [7]

Daniel

Although an exile, Daniel served in the Babylonian Empire and the subsequent Persian Empire [8]. Comprised of two parts [9], his book has one message – God is sovereign over human affairs.

In his final vision, he saw the resurrection: “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” [9].

Like Moses’ counsel, Daniel’s message was meant to encourage them to endure in obedience. Hundreds of years later, when Paul was on trial, he spoke of the two resurrections and their effect on his life: “I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets; having a hope in God … that there shall certaintly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men” [10].

Prayer

Lord, Thank you giving us promises and warnings for our encouragement. As exiles, we long to be resurrected to life as bright stars forever! Yet, we fail to pursue blameless consciences or righteous lives. Help us to sing with the Psalmist, “Your statutes are my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” [11]. Amen.

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[1] Deuteronomy 31:6 NASB  |  [2] Deut. 31:16 NASB  |  [3] After Moses commissioned Joshua to lead the people into the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 31:23-30), he warned the people of rebelling against the Lord. He was so intent that they remember his warning that he set it to a magnificent song for them to sing in Deuteronomy 32:1-43, in which he wrote of the faithfulness that God had shown for generation after generation to them. Prophetically, the song ends, “Rejoice, O nations, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance on His adversaries, and will atone for His land and His people” (v. 43 NASB).  |  [4] Deuteronomy 32:46-47 NASB  |  [5]  See 843 Acres: Jeremiah 10 (7.14.2010), Jeremiah 8 (7.12.2010) |  [6]  See 843 Acres: Jeremiah 52 (8.23.2010), Jeremiah 30-31 (8.3.2010) |  [7]  See 843 Acres: Jeremiah 19 (7.23.2010) |  [8] Daniel was exiled in 605 BC. Not only did he serve in the king of Babylon’s court, he also was given a position of power in the Persian Empire, when it conquered Babylon in 539 BC. “Introduction to Daniel.” ESV Bible, Crossway (2007)  |  [9] Daniel 12:2-3 NASB  |  [10] Acts 24:14-16 NASB  |  [11] 119:54 NASB

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2 Comments to “Why the Two Resurrections Matter Today”

  1. Dear Bethany,
    I really enjoy this blog! Thanks for all your efforts. You have such rich insight into God’s Word and I’ve been so blessed ever since I started reading. I also wanted to give a thumbs up for including the passage texts at the bottom :) Keep up the good work!

    Sharon in Korea

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