Daniel’s story began sadly, as he endured siege and an exhausting trek from Jerusalem to Babylon. Following detailed requirements, one of the king’s officials chose Daniel and others to serve in King Nebuchadnezzar’s court. All captives would be trained, and fed from the king’s table, for three years, then enter the king’s service.
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:8, KJV)
One seminar participant summarized Daniel’s choices this way: He chose not to defile himself in areas of diet, knowledge and worship. Instead of the king’s rich food, Daniel chose a plant-based diet. Instead of studying the many gods of Babylon, Daniel concentrated on the truth of God’s word. Despite many opportunities to do otherwise, Daniel chose to worship God.
Long life proved one side benefit to Daniel’s choices. Daniel’s faithfulness prepared him to interpret dreams, face lions and give hope to the captive Jews. These choices weren’t made through will power or habit, but through connection with Heaven’s power, maintaining a humble spirit and clean heart.
The name “Daniel” means “God is my Judge.” God tested Daniel to make sure he would be faithful before entrusting him as a messenger of salvation. Like King Nebuchadnezzar, God has requirements to serve Him. But throughout the book of Daniel, God also invites us to test Him. Where is He when I’m afraid, tempted or betrayed? Is God faithful? I believe He is.
This blog summarizes and shares personal insights on The Final Days: Daniel 1: Unlocking the Secrets of Bible Prophecy, a verse-by-verse study of Daniel, presented by Pastor Christopher Barr at Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist church, Huntsville, Alabama. To find a seminar near you, visit Bible Prophecy Seminars.
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