I. We might ask, “Daniel, why bring religion into it?” But Daniel realized that his relationship with God touched every area of his life, including what he ate. d. Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus: Daniel had a long, successful career in the worst of circumstances. But the little horn symbolizes an especially bad king who will attack and put down three other kings. The Dream Image. This was a low time for Judah and God’s people. Dazzled and impressed, Nebuchadnezzar calls Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of the fire. But eventually he'll be destroyed and utterly defeated. It seems like resistance is futile. Daniel obliges, but says that he wishes the dream were meant for Nebuchadnezzar's enemies. Protest must be courteous. King prepared these tablets in 1919. Separated from family and home, it was easy to compromise. Daniel goes and tells Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to ask God for help, and their prayers are effective. Exodus 23:25 says, So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. It is clear that God raised them up just for the purpose of punishing Judah and once their purpose had been complete, tore them down again. Ultimately, Daniel is able to stick to his guns—by avoiding un-Kosher Babylonian cuisine, for example—and proves to be of use to the king by helping interpret his dreams, like the one involving a particularly scary statue that symbolizes different world empires. And he's walking, alive with the other three. The purpose of this book is to provide a historical account how the Lord God protected and provided for His faithful followers while in captivity. After heading home, Darius refuses to eat. b. i. In recent years, these warnings reached a fever pitch. The background: Defeat to Babylon (1-2) II. Along the way (or on the way back), he subdued Jerusalem, which had been loyal to the Pharaoh of Egypt. ii. God bless you all! Suddenly, he sees a stone—one not made by human hands—hit the statue on its weak part-clay, part-iron feet. Many times bosses/customers will appreciate it when they realize they are dealing with a person of integrity who will not cheat them or compromise his beliefs. He further asks for God's forgiveness toward a nation and a city that bear his name. That he might not defile himself: Daniel and his friends considered the king’s food defiled for at least three reasons. The only way to go on with God is to be faithful in little things. Daniel doesn't say that Nebuchadnezzar can avoid this fate, but he advises him to atone for his sins by becoming more righteous and to be merciful to the oppressed. Self-denial must be sought. They say that these revelations are secrets that needed to be hidden until the end. He charges the first ram "with savage force." Sometimes persecution or trouble will still come. Now, the short stories end and the trippy visions start… This all happened back in the bad old days when Belshazzar was still ruling. Wisdom Literature The kingdom will get divided. To be continued... • In chapters 1-6, Daniel writes about his own life in captivity. Remembering his friends, Daniel gets Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego cushy positions, helping him oversee the everyday business of Babylon. -------------------- Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. But as it is, the dream is meant for Nebuchadnezzar—. Daniel and his friends are also arrested and slated to be executed—even though they apparently weren't present when the king had his initial freak-out and ordered every one dead. Key personalities of this book include Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Belshazzar, and Darius. The male goat with one horn is Greece. ii. J. Edwin Orr remembered something Billy Brice said to him: “Edwin, if Christians would only give over and above their reasonable service, the Lord would give over and above the usual blessing.” Daniel and his friends understood this principle, and God blessed them for acting on it. What does this tell us about his character? We want to help you study the Bible, obey the Bible, and teach the Bible to others. They need to both tell him the dream he had. Daniel 1 Key Principle – Stand uncompromisingly on the truth even in the face of strong pressure to give in to the world’s way. He says that, whereas God is righteous, Israel and Judah and their leaders and authorities need to be full of shame. So they devise a plot. Pop culture note: The saga of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was immortalized (not that it wasn't already immortal) in the Veggie Tales episode "Rack, Shack, and Benny," in which Nebuchadnezzar (a cucumber—or maybe a pickle?) Neb took back the best and brightest for his own uses. Some think their diet had a direct effect on their knowledge. b. i. A summary of Daniel 1 from @biblesummary. The angel says it should be stripped of its leaves and branches, and left as a mere stump covered with a "band of iron and bronze.". a. The New Testament It's a set of Hebrew words for different weight measurement: Even though Daniel said Belshazzar shouldn't waste time awarding him, he awards him anyway—making him third in the kingdom. It was easy to think that God had let them down by allowing them to be carried away into Babylon. He then launches into a little moral and historical lesson, explaining that "the Most High God" gave Nebuchadnezzar power and greatness, which allowed him to do whatever he wanted as king. However, it was customary for ancient writers to speak in the third person even when writing about themselves. Historical Books -------------------- But the angel picks Daniel up, stands him on his feet, and tells him to listen. Next, after Nebuchadnezzar ends his reign as someone piously testifying to the Jewish God, we see his grandson Belshazzar totally messing it all up again. Help us continue to create Bible study resources by supporting Study and Obey for as little as $1. iv. The angels tell him to go his way. He might up his mind that he would not defile himself. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy He calls in his Babylonian magicians and enchanters and asks them for help, but he refuses to tell them (quite unreasonably) what the dream actually was. The voice urges Gabriel to help Daniel understand the vision. Therefore he requested: Daniel made a big deal over a little thing. In it all, Daniel was willing to put himself and his faith in God to the test. Once I get to power, I can use my influence for Him. Like what? L.W. Were they allowed to keep their Jewish identity? He worked for tyrants who thought nothing of killing their staff and advisors, much less of firing them. Why was Jerusalem being attacked? A. The people who were with Daniel (he mentions now that there were people with him) couldn't see the man, but they started to tremble and then wimp out anyway, running off and leaving Daniel alone. The Book of Daniel is a target of critics who doubt that the Daniel described in the book actually wrote the book, especially in light of the book’s amazing prophecies. After seeing this part of the vision, Daniel has trouble trying to understand it. -------------------- The first beast is a lion with eagle's wings. The divine court is in session and God's law books are open. They were going to go through a three year assimilation program at the University of Babylon. Why? But the stone turns into a giant mountain that covers the entire earth.