Daniel 1

We are starting our read through Daniel.  In the first six chapters each chapter stands alone as a small story and so we have to deal with the chapters as a whole so we don’t break up the narrative.  In chapter one we are to notice that God gives Israel over to Nebuchadnezzar.  God positively disposes the guards to Daniel and his friends.  God gifts Daniel and his friends with insight that is uncommon in Babylon.

Repetition is a form of emphasis.  What is God trying to emphasize?  Although the outward appearance of the situation is that all hope is lost and that the god of the Babylonians has conquered the God of Israel, God is working the situation for his purposes.  What are his purposes?  Redemption.

There are a number of aspects to redemption that are worth looking at.  Firstly, the redemptive cycle involves turning people over to the natural consequences of their sin.  Too many people think it is loving to protect people from consequences.  however, this spoils people and creates arrogant, entitled brats.  Daniel and his friends come from a chastised nation and their perspective is all the more healthy for it.  Secondly, redemption involves decisions to follow a righteous path.  Daniel and his friends follow a path that refrains from eating food that probably was offered to gods.  However, they do not refuse to have their names changed to names that give honour to pagan gods and they may have even been made into eunachs.

Finally, God lifts individuals who put their faith in him into positions of usefulness in his plan.  God honours those who honour him, especially through a redemptive path marked with suffering.

Daniel 1

1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia[a]and put in the treasure house of his god.

 3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.[b] 5The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.

 6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.

 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your[c]food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”

 11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

 17To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.

 18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

 21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.

Questions

  1. What had happened to ruin Israel?
  2. What are the names of the four characters God has his hand upon?
  3. How does God equip those who are faithful to him?
  4. How does American culture shape its citizens?
  5. How are we to raise children in ways that would keep them faithful like Daniel?
Advertisements

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
This entry was posted in Daily Devotions. Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to Daniel 1

  1. Amy Kringle says:

    1. it was delivered into the hands of nebachudnezzar.
    2. Shadrach, meshack, abednego, belteshazzar.
    3. he gives the strenght and courage they need to live the way that God has called them to.
    4. We have a sense of entitlement because things are always given to us often without our working for them.
    5. Let them see our love for the Lord so that they too, through discipline will learn to love the Lord from their heart. They should also not be given everything; they should have to work for it, and be able to endure when they do not have everything that they want.

  2. Melisa Guiles says:

    1. They have been defeated by the Babylonians.
    2. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
    3. He gives them exactly what they need in order to be faithful to Him.
    4. Our culture often eliminates consequences and encourages people to do what feels best or will be most beneficial for them.
    5. We need to show them what it means to live a life that is faithful to the Lord in all that we do. Our life of faithfulness should be an example to them.

  3. Sokloon Dy says:

    1. Babylon besieged Israel.
    2.Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
    3. By sending the Holy Spirit.
    4. To depend on everything else, but God.
    5. Parents should be an example in the way they act and live.

  4. Rebecca Langer says:

    1. What had happened to ruin Israel?
    Well, Babylon invaded Israel, and took away all of the young men that would have made up an army or leaders.
    2. What are the names of the four characters God has his hand upon?
    Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
    3. How does God equip those who are faithful to him?
    He gives them each other to stay strong with, and he gives them victory when they trust in Him.
    4. How does American culture shape its citizens?
    Many times we are very relaxed, or view things in a culturally scewed way.
    5. How are we to raise children in ways that would keep them faithful like Daniel?
    We should teach them that the law that they obey first and foremost is God’s law, and that all other law comes after that.

  5. Cassie Clark says:

    1.Israel was taken into captivity in Babylon.
    2.Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael
    3.They had all the necessary traits that the king was looking for
    4.In so many ways. The way we view others, the way we view love, sex, money, media, God, etc.
    5.Teach them commitment–to God and others.

  6. Jessica Gentry says:

    1. Jehoiakim, king of Bablyon seiged Jerusalem.
    2. Godhas Hiis hand upon Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
    3. God equips those who are faithful to Him by providing a way out of temptation and sin, he aso sustains them in time of need.
    4. The American culture shapes its citizens in the way that we treat others, view ourselves, view what is important in life, and gain our sense of what is culturally right or wrong.
    5. We are to raise children that use Jesus and Scripture as their ultimate source of right and or wrong, not what is popular or common but what is taught in the Word, and led in their convictions by the Holy Spirit. Raising children to focus on what Jesus wants will help them stay faithful like Daniel.

  7. HeeJin,Choi says:

    1.What had happened to ruin Israel?
    -Israel was besieged by Babylonians
    2.What are the names of the four characters God has his hand upon?
    – Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
    3.How does God equip those who are faithful to him?
    – He gave them wisdom and understanding as well as physical need.
    4.How does American culture shape its citizens?
    – not only American culture but also other cutures in modern society foster people to do whatever is beneficial to them.
    5.How are we to raise children in ways that would keep them faithful like Daniel?
    – teach them to depend on God who gives strength to do everything rather than seeking their own knowlege for solutions.

  8. Moon Jung Kim says:

    1.What had happened to ruin Israel? Babylon invaded Israel
    2.What are the names of the four characters God has his hand upon? Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah
    3.How does God equip those who are faithful to him?God gave them wisdom and bravery
    4.How does American culture shape its citizens?
    5.How are we to raise children in ways that would keep them faithful like Daniel? We should teach them the Bible and train them to find and make biblical standards.

  9. HyeJin Lee says:

    1.What had happened to ruin Israel?
    Israel was taken into captivity in Babylon.
    2.What are the names of the four characters God has his hand upon?
    Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
    3.How does God equip those who are faithful to him?
    God gives them wisdom and victory.
    4.How does American culture shape its citizens?
    5.How are we to raise children in ways that would keep them faithful like Daniel?
    We have to teach how important to know God is and have them know God by educating with the word of God.

  10. Kristin Goffinet says:

    1) God allowed it to be delivered into the hands of King Nebucanezzer.
    2) Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
    3) He gives them the strength through the Holy Spirit to remain faithful to him each day.
    4) We are individualistic, and we encourage our children to do thier best and aim for success.
    5) We need to made sure that they know that their relationsip with God should take priority over all things.

  11. Grace Yoo says:

    1. Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

    2. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

    3. God equips those who are faithful to him by giving them strength and wisdom and sometimes even victory if it is according to His will.

    4. I think American culture shapes its citizens to be very time-oriented.

    5. I think we are to raise children in ways that keep them faithful like Daniel by being a good example/role model and also teaching them how important it is to have God in your life.

  12. aaron wright says:

    1. Babylonians besieged it
    2 Daniel Hananiah mishael and azariah
    3. He imputes His strength and knowledge to them
    4. advertisements/entertainment tell us how we should be/act
    5. raise them on Scripture and have them develop their own convictions

  13. Sandra Tindle says:

    1. The Babylonians defeated Israel and took it over.
    2. The four men were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
    3. God gave them favor, knowledge, and understanding.
    4. American culture shapes its citizens to be independent and self-focused.
    5. We should not only teach them, but teach them why they should do certain things and obey God so that they will want to.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s