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DANIEL 9:1-2
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus; of the lineage of the Medes, who was made
king over the realm of the Chaldeans-in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by
the books the number of the years specified by the word of the LORD, given through
Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of
John Wanamaker, an outstanding American businessman of the 19th

cerntury, put together
one of the most successful careers of his time. When asked what he considered the best
investment he; ever made, he replied, “I have made large purchases of property in my life
time involving millions of dollars, But when I was only 11 years old, I made my biggest
purchase of all. From my teacher in a little mission Sunday school, I bought a small, red
leather Bible.
It cost me $2.75. I paid in small installments from my own money that I had earned.” John
Wanamaker knew the value of the Bible and he lived by it.
Daniel also knew the value of God’s Word. While he was studying the “books” (among
which was the Book of Jeremiah), he realized God had set a limit on Israel’s captivity.
While some assumed the Jewish people would never return to their home land, Daniel
discovered in Jeremiah that God had ordained a period of 70 years for the fulfillment of
Israel’s chastisement.
What a joy and encouragement this must have been for the elderly prophet God had not
forsaken His people; Israel would flourish again as a nation.

Much of the Bible has similar solace for God’s people. It offers words of comfort John 14: 1-
3), joy (1 John 1:4), encouragement (lsa. 41:10) and instruction (Matt.28:19-20).
When we fail to make the scriptures a daily part of Our lives, we miss the greatest resource
for living we have been given, Are you wondering what to do with your life? Are you afraid
and uncertain about the future? Are you troubled by guilt and regrets? The Bible has just
what you need answers.
Purchasing a Bible is the best investment you’ll ever make. Reading it is the best use of your

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