This is the week before I begin my senior year, and so I am pretty psyched. This semester I am going to be dual enrolling at a Bible college and taking a class on the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament. Therefore, my life is about to get a little crazier, but I promise to remain dedicated to my blog. I praise God for His ministry opportunity which He has given me.
Anyway, today I would like to talk about our tendency as human beings to criticize and judge other people. First, before we dive in, we need to understand that we live in a culture which responds automatically to situations with a heart of judgement. Whether we know the details or not, as fellow sinners, we are in no place to judge those around us. Social media is a criticism nut house, to be honest. Parents are criticized by other parents for doing something that they would “absolutely never do”. Examples include gorilla incident or the alligator incident. But, if it is us as a person, then people have no right to criticize us, of course. Matthew 7:2-4 (ESV), “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?” My main point of this blog post is not to criticize myself or criticize you for criticizing. I want to shed light on this dark situation by talking about a name and characteristic of the Lord God which gives us reason for hope. No matter how much sin and horrific deeds surround us, God sees all; God is in control. God is sovereign. But, when we were redeemed, we were not given a dosage of His sovereignty or the ability to pronounce judgement. We are not God.
The Lord is the Ancient of Days
The Ancient of Days is a title assigned to God the Father in Daniel 7 when Daniel receives a prophetic vision about the end times. This name means that our God rules over time and has seen every day from the beginning of days. Before we dig deep into the meaning behind this name as it pertains to our lives, let’s take a look at the Scriptural context. The beginning of the chapter, before the Ancient of Days arrives, describes four beasts rising out of the sea and ruling. The first three beasts represent the empires of Babylon, Persia, and Greece. The fourth beast, which is unlike the other three, represents Rome, and it has a 10 horns protruding out of it plus a little horn. The ten horns are ten kings, and the little horn is the Antichrist. The Antichrist is a deceiver who plays a counterfeit role of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Stick with me, I’m coming close to making my point. Daniel 7:8 (NLT) says, “As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. Three of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that was boasting arrogantly.” The followers of the Antichrist go even as far as to say, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” (Revelation 13:4 ESV). But then the Ancient of Days entered the scene and everything changed. The title for the portion of Daniel 7, verses 9-12, is The Ancient of Days Reigns. Daniel 7:9-11 (ESV), “’As I looked, thrones were placed and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment and the books were opened. I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire.’” Even the most arrogant of individuals who lean upon the false security of their success shall fall to their faces and crumble at the feet of the King. Nothing can overcome the Supreme Ruler of all.
However, in the midst of all this darkness, the Ancient of Days is watching. He has seen and continues to see every injustice in this world. It does not miss His keen eye. We often think that God has forgotten to punish people for the shedding of innocent blood or for the men that abuse women sexually, violently, or verbally. However, God sees. God is sovereign. The ultimate punishment is coming for those who have not been redeemed and are not covered by God’s amazing grace. We can take comfort in that. We often see the darkness around us and quake in fear and say the same thing that the worshippers of the Antichrist say, but with hopelessness rather than worship, “Who is like this darkness, and who can fight against it?” Instead may we respond to the trials, the sin, and the tribulations around us in this way: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” We do not have to be afraid of the Devil or any of his schemes for the Lord reigns. We can be fearless. We can speak life rather than judgement because we know that the Ultimate Judge, the Ancient of Days, is coming, and justice will be served.
Thank you all for reading my blog. I greatly appreciate the time that you take out of your week to dig deep into the Word with me. It is such an honor to study God’s truths with you. I look forward to talking with you next week. Until then have a blessed week, and as always may your coffee be strong.
In Christ’s Love,