It is most interesting to note that whenever someone in the Bible is seen reading or remarking upon the scriptures they always take the Bible literally and base their actions upon that belief.
Here is an example of this in the Book of Daniel where Daniel literally believed the words of the Bible in the Book of Jeremiah. Daniel also knew that the words in Jeremiah were the words of the Lord, not Jeremiah’s.
Jeremiah prophesized that the Babylonian captivity was to be 70 years and Daniel knew that the 70 years were about up, so he acted upon what he had read. Daniel began a prayer of forgiveness for himself and his people. Here is the verse that tells this story.
Daniel 9.1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a Mede, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. 3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
Another important point to consider is the fact that this prophecy was fulfilled in a literal sense. There can be no doubt, then, that the rest of Scripture is to be taken in the same plain and literal manner
Published on Sunday, February 22, 2015 @ 4:21 AM CDT