Daniel is one of my favorite books of the Bible. There is so much in it. Plus it contains one of my favorite stories(chapter 3).
So, I thought I would try to put together short blogs (“short” haha) about some of the chapters in Daniel. I may or may not go into great detail about the chapter. But, I want to share some things I have grabbed from it…insights, idea, questions, etc from my study of this book. Please leave comments questions insight as well!
Daniel Chapter 1
Something that I never really noticed before is that the Hebrews that we learn about in Chapter one, were from nobility.
“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— 4young 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”
These boys(men) were not just any Israelite, they were someone of importance. Also we see here that these Israelites were to be,… well…perfect. Such high standards there by the King. SO, what we know about Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, is they were of nobility, handsome, learned, and “without blemish”. They seemed to “have it all” until they got captured. Interesting thing to think about.
Brings up other questions like: why did the king pick them to learn Babylonian thing? What kind of Enemey King would teach his “slaves” or captives literature and things of his kingdom? I just find it interesting after reading this story a few dozen times and that never sunk in. There must be more to this then what we are seeing. Were these four acting prideful so God allowed them to be humbled, by getting captured. Well, we do read on that they obeyed Gods ways.
“8But 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.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.”
They, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, CHOOSE not to eat the things that would defile their bodies. Things they knew God had told them not to partake in. They obeyed. They stood up for their beliefs. They were honored. And God gave them favor and blessed them with being healthier then all the others.
What can we take from this?
No matter who you are things can be taken away so easily. But who will you serve when/if it does? Will you trust in God through it all. Will you still obey what he asks of you? Even in dire situations?
This was just a first test that these men would go through. And though the “world” around them pressured them to “fit in” they stood their ground and obeyed God.