Thursday, August 6, 2015
Thoughts on the book of Daniel
I read through the book of Daniel July 6-July 9. I wrote down some aspects that stood out to me and am sharing them here. I hope something I gleaned can be of encouragement to you. The Word of God is precious and living. The Lord is showing me that practically more and more.
Daniel Chapters 1-3
Opens with a mention of the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. Babylon was located in modern day Iraq.
"Babylon was situated on the Euphrates River, about 50 miles south of modern Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. Baghdad is located on the Tigris River, approximately 40 miles east of the Euphrates. The Tower of Babel was built there and Hammurabi, the great lawgiver, reigned there in the nineteenth century before Christ. It was from Ur in Babylonia that God called Abraham to go into a land that he would show him.
In the Neo-Babylonia era, Nebuchadnezzar was the ruler (605-562 B.C.) in the height of its glory. It was during his time that Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed (586 B.C.) and the Jews were taken captive for 70 years. From there Daniel was prime minister and from there Cyrus the Persian issued an edict allowing Jews to return to their homeland. It was there that Alexander the Great died (323 B.C.), while planning a new capital. Babylon was overthrown in 539 B.C. by the Medo-Persians."
Daniel and his three companions,
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." (Daniel 1:7)
They had 3 years training. After three years, they served the King.
Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself.
He and his companions from Judah were tested ten days. They only ate vegetables, not meat.
The Chaldeans spoke Aramaic to the King. The King had a troubling dream and his wise men could not interpret the dream's meaning.
Daniel sought mercies from God (to not be killed along with the other wise men)
Secret of the king's dream revealed to Daniel. (By night vision) Daniel blesses the God of heaven.
All the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped. (The gold image)
The Chaldeans accused the Jews.
The three men say this to the King: "Our God is able to deliver us and He will deliver us from your hand but if not, we do not serve your gods."
They are willing to die for their beliefs, but trust the Lord whatever the outcome.
Whether death or life.
Daniel Chapters 4-8