2007-12-23 - Daniel ~ The Messenger Speaks
Chapter 10: Part 4, Installment 81
Verses 10-14: The messenger speaks. The first words are reassurance that he had come at the direction of God specifically to Daniel. He lifts Daniel to his feet, giving him the necessary strength to listen.
The messenger tells how he had been sent to Daniel the first day the prayers went up, but because the prayers apparently related to the Medo-Persian empire, the demon who was over that nation prevented the messenger from coming - for no matter how strong he was, it seems that he was less powerful than the demonic enemy, referred to as the prince of the Persian kingdom. In fact, this being kept the angel from coming to Daniel for twenty-one days. It was only with the arrival of the angel Michael that the messenger was able to come to Daniel.
The following section is not totally clear, and there has been a lot of speculation on what is going on. We need to be very careful not to go beyond what is clearly supported in scripture. Tremper Longman III notes.
"Who is this "prince of the Persian kingdom?" ... These verses give us a hint of the cosmic battle that parallels the Earthly struggles of God's people. The "prince of the Persian kingdom" is a supernatural being who fights on behalf of that human kingdom. The Old Testament knows of such spiritual entities and events in other books besides Daniel, perhaps most notably in Deuteronomy 32:8-9:"When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when he divided all mankind, he set up boundaries for the peoples according to the number of the sons of Israel. For the LORD's portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.
3 Longman III, Tremper, The NIV Application Commentary, "Daniel," Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999, p. 250-251.
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