Daniel 9:5-15… 5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances.…14 Therefore the Lord has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us;…15 “And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for Yourself, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have been wicked.
Daniel was reading his Bible and meditating on Israel’s history. In 1446 BC God delivered the Israelites with a mighty hand from slavery in Egypt, but because of their lack of trust, they had to wander in the wilderness for 40 years. Joshua led them into Israel and they were mostly obedient in taking the land as commanded by God. But, when Joshua died they began a downward spiral of falling away from God that finally resulted in them demanding a king.
In 1043 BC Saul was the first king, but God rejected him and anointed David and then Solomon as king. This was the pinnacle of Israel’s power until our current day. But Samuel rebelled against God before his death and in 931 BC the kingdom was split into the 10 northern tribes known as Israel and Judah and Benjamin, known as Judah.
Israel never had a God-following king and in 722 BC they were destroyed by the Assyrians. Judah had 4 or 5 good kings and survived until 605 BC when Babylon began the first of 3 deportations to Babylon. Finally, in 586 BC Jerusalem was destroyed.
During this entire time, the nations had faithful prophets that warned them of a judgment day coming. Sometimes they would heed these warnings for a while but then continue the downward spiral. Daniel is contemplating this sin by Israel and its people and realized their calamity had resulted from their sin. Daniel said we have sinned, we have been wicked.
What can we learn from the example of Israel’s downward spiral from 1446BC-70AD?
Do you have a daily habit of self-examination for sin, confession, and repentance of individual sin, so your sin will not build up?