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“May you and I not allow negative situations to discourage us.” <>< Dona (12/01/20)

Please read Daniel 1 through 3.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Daniel 1

Handsome and wise.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Daniel along with other royal family members and nobility were captured and brought to Babylon (v. 3-4).

Something to think about

Sometimes God allows certain situations to happen that we see as negative. Daniel still resolved to not defile himself even in a pagan nation (v. 8).  The officials allowed Daniel and his three friends to eat vegetables and drink water instead of the king’s royal food and wine for ten days (v. 12-14).  At the end of the ten days Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food (v. 15). So, Daniel and his friends were allowed to continue on that eating plan (v. 16). They learned all they could about their new surroundings (v. 17). The king found no one equal to Daniel and his three friends (v. 19-20). 

Something to experience

Like those who were captured, we may experience times of upheaval in our life. But we must trust that God is still in control and He is watching over us. Like Daniel, we too should seek God’s wisdom so no matter the surroundings we live in our relationship with God will withstand.   

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 1:3-4  The king spoke to Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring in some of the children of Israel, even of the royal offspring and of the nobles; youths in whom was no defect, but well-favored, and skillful in all wisdom, and endowed with knowledge, and understanding science, and who had the ability to stand in the king’s palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the language of the Chaldeans. 

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king’s dainties, nor with the wine which he drank. Therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 

Daniel 1:12-14 12 “Test your servants, I beg you, ten days; and let them give us vegetables to eat, and water to drink. 13 Then let our faces be examined before you, and the face of the youths who eat of the king’s dainties; and as you see, deal with your servants.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days.

Daniel 1:15 At the end of ten days, their faces appeared fairer, and they were fatter in flesh, than all the youths who ate of the king’s dainties. 

Daniel 1:16 So the steward took away their dainties, and the wine that they were given to drink, and gave them vegetables.

Daniel 1:17 Now as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Daniel 1:19-20 19 The king talked with them; and among them all was found no one like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore stood they before the king. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding, concerning which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters who were in all his realm.

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Theme Daniel 2

Dream Interpreted.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Daniel sought You for the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (v. 17-18).

Something to think about

God revealed the mystery to Daniel (v. 19).  Daniel praised God for giving him wisdom and power and making known the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (c. 23).  Daniel was not just concerned about his own life (v. 24).  Daniel didn’t take the credit for knowing the meaning of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (v. 27-30). Daniel explained that God would set up a kingdom that would never be destroyed (v. 44). Nebuchadnezzar rewarded Daniel for interpreting his dream (v. 48).

Something to experience

We, like Daniel, can ask our friends to agree with us in prayer (v. 17-18). Every time our prayers are answered we should praise God, as Daniel did (v. 20-22). When we are struggling, like Daniel, we need to remember the needs of others (v. 24).  Just like Daniel, we need to give glory to God for everything He accomplishes through us (v. 27-30). 

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 2:17-18 17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: 18 that they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his companions would not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 

Daniel 2:19Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 

Daniel 2:20-22 20 Daniel answered, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and might are His.  21 He changes the times and the seasons.  He removes kings and sets up kings.  He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding.  22 He reveals the deep and secret things.  He knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with Him.”

Daniel 2:23 “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers, who have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we desired of You; for You have made known to us the king’s matter.”

Daniel 2:24 Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said this to him: “Don’t destroy the wise men of Babylon. Bring me in before the king, and I will show to the king the interpretation.”

Daniel 2:27-30 27Daniel answered before the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded can’t be shown to the king by wise men, enchanters, magicians, or soothsayers; 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to king Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head on your bed, are these: 29 “As for you, O king, your thoughts came on your bed, what should happen hereafter; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will happen. 30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but to the intent that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.”

Daniel 2:44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, nor will its sovereignty be left to another people; but it will break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it will stand forever.”

Daniel 2:48 Then the king made Daniel great, and gave him many great gifts, and made him rule over the whole province of Babylon, and to be chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon. 

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Theme Daniel 3

The Image of Gold (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the people were told they must fall down before the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up (v. 4-5). 

Something to think about

And if the people didn’t fall down before the image of gold they would be thrown into a blazing furnace (v. 6).  Daniel’s friends – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – were reported to the king as Jews who weren’t serving the image of gold (v. 12).   They were brought before the king and chose to trust God no matter the outcome (v. 16-18). Nebuchadnezzar became furious and ordered Daniel’s friends bounded and thrown into the furnace (v. 19-21). But Daniel’s friends were not being burned.  They were walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed and a fourth figure was in the fire with them (v. 25). The king called them out of the furnace.  They were not harmed, nor was their hair singed, nor their robes scorched and they didn’t smell of fire (v. 26-27). Nebuchadnezzar gave praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (v. 28-29). 

Something to experience

We, like Daniel’s friends, may have to go through difficult situations.  But whether we are rescued or not ultimately our reward is eternal life (v. 16-18).  So, we should commit to being faithful to God no matter the events that come our way.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits,[a] and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

Daniel 3:4-5 Then the herald cried aloud, “To you it is commanded, peoples, nations, and languages, that whenever you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up.” 

Daniel 3:6 “Whoever doesn’t fall down and worship shall be cast into the middle of a burning fiery furnace the same hour.”

Daniel 3:12 “There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, have not respected you. They don’t serve your gods, and don’t worship the golden image which you have set up.”

Daniel 3:16-18 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If it happens, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.”

Daniel 3:19-21 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the form of his appearance was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He spoke, and commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 He commanded certain mighty men who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their pants, their tunics, and their mantles, and their other clothes, and were cast into the middle of the burning fiery furnace. 

Daniel 3:25 He answered, “Look, I see four men loose, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are unharmed. The appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”

Daniel 3:26-27 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace. He spoke and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, you servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!”  Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the middle of the fire. 27 The local governors, the deputies, and the governors, and the king’s counselors, being gathered together, saw these men, that the fire had no power on their bodies. The hair of their head wasn’t singed. Their pants weren’t changed, the smell of fire wasn’t even on them.

Daniel 3:28-29 Nebuchadnezzar spoke and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and have yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, that every people, nation, and language, which speak anything evil against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill; because there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray no matter what comes our way we will trust that You are still in control and are watching over us.  I pray we will seek Your wisdom so we can live in any surroundings without abandoning our relationship with You (Daniel 1). Lord, I pray we will seek others to join with us in prayer.  And when You answer I pray we will give You praise.  Lord, when we are struggling, I pray we will remember those who are also going through hard times. Lord, I pray we will give glory for everything You accomplish through us (Daniel 2).  Lord, I pray when we’re experiencing difficult times, we will keep our eyes on the ultimate reward, that is eternal life with You.  Lord, I pray we will be faithful to You no matter the outcome (Daniel 3). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I always be faithful to the Lord.” <>< Dona