Daniel 1

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Jacob HF
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Daniel 1

Post by Jacob HF » Tue Sep 21, 2021 3:24 pm

Hi Forum,

Welcome to our series of threads on the Bible. I will be posting a new chapter/topic/thread once each weekend. Sorry this one is a little late.

I know that this may not appeal to our non-Christian/Jewish friends here. Everyone is welcome to participate though.

I would like to request that these guidelines be followed in this thread:
  1. As usual all of the Forum Rules apply.
  2. Please do not enter into any debate or discussion about whether the Bible is true or not. That is a good topic, this just isn't the place for it. That includes any position related to Higher Criticism.
  3. Debate is encouraged but personal attacks are not.
  4. Discussion about the dating or authorship of a book is encouraged but only in book overview threads (like the one here).
Without further ado, here is Daniel:
Other Translations: KJV, NIV, NASB20, Septuagint
Daniel (NKJV) wrote:In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god.

Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king's descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom [there was] no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who [had] ability to serve in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king's delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of [that time] they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel [the name] Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego.

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who [are] your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king."

So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, "Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. "Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king's delicacies; and as you see fit, [so] deal with your servants." So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.

And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king's delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.

As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom [and] understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians [and] astrologers who [were] in all his realm. Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.

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Re: Daniel 1

Post by Leader of Amyjo » Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:13 pm

Babylon, is safe to say, an culture that didn’t honor or worship God. At times, it feels like we’re living in Jesus’ ways is opposite what our current world and culture. How are we able to live in a culture that doesn’t honor God but still be “salt and light”?

We need to remember that we are followers of God and people scrutinize us to see “if we mess up”. It’s not cool or modern or new agey enough for this day and age. But that’s all the more reason we need to “shine a light” for others to follow. There might be someone on the fence and our actions could make them fall either way. There are others who do not and have never known God, and the things we do can have such a positive impact. But mostly, that is God’s command. Love thy neighbor and love God with our heart and soul. It’s not a request. It’s ironclad. Just as a husband who commands and leads their wives, so we are commanded to be led by God.

How can we learn from Daniel’s approach in chapter 1 and apply it to our lives this week?

Do not compromise our morals, faith or obedience. Try to give all glory and decisions to God. Pray fast and steady. Quick to listen, slower to speak. That’s what I’m going to work on this week!

Daniel 1:8 gives us a glimpse into the character of Daniel when he chooses not to eat the food and drink from the King’s table. What does this action say about Daniels relationship with God?
Daniel’s actions tell us how he obedience to God. He was willing to upset/anger a king to show his devotion to God. This is something I think we, meaning self-professed Christians, need to be more cognizant. Are we actually obeying God’s will and directions or are we letting the world seep into our decisions? Do we put God first in everything we do or just when we want to put him first? I, myself, know that I have a lot of work to do in that area. Always putting God before my own desires is something I struggle with. And it’s so important because I’m leading my wife and children. They see my actions and they need to know that God is first, no matter what I sacrifice.

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Re: Daniel 1

Post by Dea » Sat Sep 25, 2021 6:42 pm

Leader of Amyjo wrote:
Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:13 pm
This is something I think we, meaning self-professed Christians, need to be more cognizant. Are we actually obeying God’s will and directions or are we letting the world seep into our decisions? Do we put God first in everything we do or just when we want to put him first? I, myself, know that I have a lot of work to do in that area. Always putting God before my own desires is something I struggle with. And it’s so important because I’m leading my wife and children. They see my actions and they need to know that God is first, no matter what I sacrifice.
I appreciate your entire post. Really well said and insightful on responsibility of leadership.

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Re: Daniel 1

Post by Summer » Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:18 pm

Great posts!!

I love how God equips the faithful. The comment that we often submit to worldly things rather than God is very true. Fear of the reactions of family, bosses, etc can lead us to submit in ways that are not faithful to God if we take our eye off what He would have for our lives. Obeying God is important to me, but I’m not always successful when fear of others impacts my decision making. Galatians 1:10 (ESV) says, “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” God is faithful to equip us and we should be faithful to obey.

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