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Lessons - Monthly Archives: February 2009

The Book of Daniel – Chapter 1

February 20th, 2009

Derrick overviews Chapter 1 of the book of Daniel.  When Babylon conquered Jerusalem, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered his officials to bring back young men who were strong and smart and connected to royal family or those with nobility so he could educate them to conform to Babylonian culture.  Among 4 Jewish teenagers who were taken captive, were Daniel (who was about 16 years old) and his friends, Hanaiah, Mishael, and Azariah (whose names were changed to the Babylonian names: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, respectively.

The young men taken captive were to be trained for 3 years and assigned a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table.  Even though the Babylonian education was intended to strip away the young men’s Jewish culture and language, Daniel’s inner convictions were fortress-like.  In this study, we’ll see not only Daniel’s incredible humility, but also the point will be reiterated that when we choose to do what God would have us do, He blesses it.

As part of the King’s training program, Daniel and his friends were expected to eat and drink what the King assigned them.  But Jewish law didn’t allow for them to eat the King’s diet.  Daniel banked on God to come through for him and asked for permission to eat healthier (eating only vegetables and drinking water).  He convinced the guards to compare his group (who ate healthy) against those who ate what the King assigned for 10 days.  After the test period, he promised that if his group did not look healthier, then they’d eat the King’s food.  At the end of the 10 days, Daniel and his friends looked healthier than the others and were able to continue eating their vegetables (following God’s laws).

Daniel 1:17 says, “To 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.”  Verse 20 says, “In 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.”

What can we learn from these Jewish teenagers?  God honors those who honor Him by honoring His Word with their lives. Additionally,

–         We must know what time it is.  We live in a society that has forgotten God; increasingly becoming more secular.

–         We must be a winsome witness.  Living Biblical convictions doesn’t mean you have to be obnoxious.  Live a life of dignity and godliness.

–         We must live with integrity.  Trust God, he knows how to care for His own.

How firm are your convictions?  Are they Daniel-like?

(Material provided in this summary is Copyright © 2009 by Derrick G. Jeter. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

 

Topic Description Date
The Book of Daniel – Chapter 1 Derrick overviews Chapter 1 of the book of Daniel.  When Babylon conquered Jerusalem, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered his officials to bring back young men who were strong and smart and connected to royal family or those with nobility so he could educate them to conform to Babylonian culture.  Among 4 Jewish ... [more] 2/20/2009
Spiritual Discipline of Bible Study Derrick finishes up his series on “Building Spiritual Muscles” and talked about Bible study methods.  Derrick emphasized that individual, private Bible study is the key to transforming your life into a life like Christ’s.  Key aspects of Bible study include: Observation – What do I s ... [more] 2/6/2009