Daniel 10 has the prophet receiving another word from God. This chapter sets the stage for the spectacular prophecy coming in Daniel 11, which described a time of great persecution and testing for the people of Israel. “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks”. He had understood the word from God and was overwhelmed by the message. Some think that Daniel was in mourning because so few Jews had returned with Ezra from exile. Others believe it was because Ezra faced severe opposition in rebuilding the temple.
“I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen…. his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude”. Commentators divide over the identity of this certain man. Some say this is Jesus, noting that the description is remarkably like what John saw in Revelation. Some others think that the certain man is an unnamed angel of high rank, noting that Jesus would not need the assistance of Michael. So it is a bit unclear who this man is.
Daniel sees the vision and it overwhelms him. “So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me”. As godly as Daniel was, he was undone by this vision of the glorious man. Daniel’s experience shows us that even the holiest of men fall short before God. But it also shows that God listens to those who seek Him. “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words….Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me”.
God responded to Daniel’s prayer the very moment he made his request known. Daniel had been in great and serious prayer for three full weeks. An angel was dispatched because of Daniel’s prayer. This is another of many reminders in the Book of Daniel that prayer matters. It isn’t merely a therapeutic exercise for the one who prays. “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage”. This was the second time Daniel was called greatly beloved. Each time it was in relation to Daniel’s being favored with a great and significant revelation of the future. Daniel is connected with God and His plan for the future. We’ll see that clearly in the next chapter.
Commentary from David Guzik included in this overview.