Daniel Chapter 1
Daniel is a prophetic book of history and the future. The historic section is Daniel chapter 1–6 and the prophetic 6–12.
“In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring [certain] of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom [was] no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as [had] ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” (Daniel 1:1–4).
This book was written especially for the last days. In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. GOD gave Jerusalem into the hands of Babylon and He gave them the best of the best, the 4 Hebrew boys , Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. These boys were from Jerusalem and they had no blemished and was well favored. They were also to be skillful in all wisdom and cunning in knowledge and understanding in science.
“And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel [the name] of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” (Daniel 1:5–8)
Nebuchadnezzar wanted the young men to learn the tongue of the Chaldeans and the king appointed them a daily provision of the kings meat and wine which he drank. He wanted to nourishes them for three years so they can be like them. Daniel and his companions refuse to eat the king meat and drink the wine that they might not defiled themselves.
Nebuchadnezzar gave them Babylonian names. For Daniel he gave Belteshazzar, Hananiah he gave Shadrack, Mishael he gave Meshach and Azariah Abedgeno. So the whole purpose of these young men not eating the king’s food and drinking of his wine was they knew the use of wine will confuse there senses and that the indulgence of appetite would be-clouded their powers of discernment.
The Spirit of Prophecy says,
“These particulars were placed on recorded in the history of the children of Israel as a warning to every youth to avoid all customs and indulgences that would in any way dishonor GOD.” (Youth Instructor Aug. 18, 1898).
So why did GOD turn Jerusalem over to Babylon?
“They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever: And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard my words, Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.” (Jeremiah 25:5–9).
In Jeremiah 25, the children of Jerusalem were favored of GOD over and over again. They were GOD’s chosen people, but they continued to do evil so GOD punished them and the punishment they received was a warning from GOD that they despised. The Bible says, “This whole land shall be a desolation and a astonishment and these nation shall serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.” The merciful GOD gave them seventy years to get it right, but they continued to sin over and over again.
May we have the courage of the Hebrew boy’s and stand as they did.
Let’s stay tuned for next week bible study and May God add a blessing to the hearing of his word.