The final few days of Jesus’ earthly life share remarkable parallels with Daniel’s brush with the furry felines in Daniel 6.
Both Daniel and Jesus . . .
. . . are lonely faithful Israelites who find themselves in a land under Gentile rule (Dan 6:1);
There is one great difference, of course. Daniel was spared; Jesus was not. From one perspective, of course, both Daniel and Jesus were unjustly accused, arraigned, and placed in a hole out of which they both miraculously arose in full vindication. Yet the fearful demise to which Daniel was handed over never overtook him. He escaped. He was spared. The fearful demise to which Jesus was handed over did overtake him (Mark 14:34;??15:24). He did not escape. He was not spared.
I’m not saying Matthew or any of the other Gospel writers had Daniel 6 in mind as they wrote. Maybe they did, maybe not. For myself, I find it hard to imagine that the thought never crossed their mind, in light of how well all four obviously knew their Bibles.
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