Though in captivity, Israel is still God’s covenant people. During the captivity, God measured up to all that He was, while Israel fell far short once again. So Daniel prays his confession on behalf of Israel for how they have been properly punished for their sin. In his confession, Daniel asks God to keep his promise to restore Israel and Jerusalem. God will restore His people, not because they are worthy, but because of God’s great mercy. His mercy still prompts God to care and provide for His people, for He is a faithful and covenant God.
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By Pastor Paul Sausser