“The world says that, in moments of disaster and disorientation, the only one you can trust is yourself. But over the span of nearly seven decades, Daniel proved such a trust is misplaced. Our faith must be in the God of heaven who is in complete control of all things, especially in times of disaster and disorientation. God always provides for those who trust in him.”
Above are some of my favorite lines from the book, “The Derision of Heaven” by Michael Whitworth. As an avid reader and one who strives to read at least two books a week, rarely do I come across an author with a skillset as Michael’s. He seamlessly interweaves historical fact, commentaries, and humor in a way that is wonderfully pleasing to read. In fact, it is one of those books that are so good that the reader dreads reaching the end. I couldn’t put it down.
“The Derision of Heaven” breaks down the book of Daniel chapter by chapter. At the end of each chapter, Whitworth provides what he calls “talking points”, which allow the reader to think about a modern application of the ancient text. The chapters are well laid out and Whitworth even provides a Q&A with himself at the beginning and supplies the reader with suggestions on how to best use the book in your personal study.
The book of Daniel, for all its fame dealing with a lion’s den, can also be one of the most confusing books of the Bible. The last five chapters, in particular, have been the source of more end-of-the-world confusion than possibly any other chapters in Scripture. Yet, Whitworth deals with each chapter in an open, honest fashion. He always communicates clearly as to what is a matter of opinion and what is a Biblical fact, a feat rarely seen in most of today’s theological works. Whitworth also makes it a point to never lose sight of the bigger picture of the chapter.
While not in any way a traditional commentary, (it lacks the dryness of such), it does contain a wealth of resources, should you choose to study Daniel in a deeper way. Whether you’re a Bible scholar or just starting your journey, I recommend adding “The Derision of Heaven” to your collection immediately. It is, truly, a worthwhile read.