Daniel was a man that lived his whole life to pleaseGod.Daniel was of the seed-royal ofJudah.He was taken into captivity atthe age of 16 along with three other young men.David lived in captivity the rest of his life a total of 69years.
I.The captivity of Judah:Daniel 1:1, “ in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakimking of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besiegedit”.The Babylonian Empire under the rule of Naboplassar hadNebuchadnezzar capture Jerusalem.
II.The children of Judah:Daniel 1:6, “Nowamong these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah,Mishael, and Azariah”.Danielis one of the four that was called out by the Ashpenaz to do a three yearlongtest on them concerning the Kings food.
III.Daniel’s devotion to God:
a.The eating of the Kings meat: Daniel 1:8, “ButDaniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portionof the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested ofthe prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”Daniel did not want to compromise hisrelationship with God by eating from the Kings table.He knew what Exodus 34:15 said,“Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, andthey go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and onecall thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; Eating meat and drinking ofwine were not things that the Jews could do with Gentiles. God was always there for Daniel. God new Daniel’s heart and that he wanted toserve Him.
b.The firstdream of Nebuchadnezzar:Daniel 2:16, “Then Daniel went in, anddesired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would show theking the interpretation.”AgainDaniel was trusting on God to save their lives.When God gave Daniel the answer to the dream he thanked God.Daniel 2:19-23,“Then was the secret revealed untoDaniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. 20Danielanswered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom andmight are his: 21And he changeth the times and the seasons: heremoveth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, andknowledge to them that know understanding: 22He revealeth the deepand secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwellethwith him. 23I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers,who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made knownunto me nowwhat we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’smatter. The first thing that Daniel did was he thanked God. After telling the dream to the King the Kingpromoted Daniel.
c.The second dream of Nebuchadnezzar: Daniel 4:18, “Thisdream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare theinterpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are notable to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for thespirit of the holy gods is in thee.”Daniel did intrepid the dream for the King.God again showed King Nebuchadnezzar that God did control hisevery move.In v27 Daniel tried topersuade the King to turn from his ways and God would averted his seven yearsof insanity.Regardless of what thetruth held Daniel always told it.Afterthe seven years the King got his sense back. V34-37, “And at the end ofthe days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mineunderstanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised andhonoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion,and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35And all theinhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to hiswill in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and nonecan stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36At the sametime my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honourand brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought untome; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added untome. 37Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King ofheaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walkin pride he is able to abase. Some of the things that we see are hardto understand that God rules the world, but He does.
d.Thehandwriting on the wall: Daniel 5:5: “In the same hour came forthfingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon theplaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the handthat wrote.”Belshazzar was King atthis time and was holding a feast for a 1,000 of his lords. The real King was his father, Nabonidus whowas not at the feast.Belshazzarpromised the third position in the kingdom for anyone that could read thewritings.Daniel was again able to readthe handwriting on the wall, and in the end Belshazzar was slain that night.
e.Daniel one of the three administrators: Daniel 6:1,2, “It pleased Darius to setover the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the wholekingdom; 2And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first:that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have nodamage.” As soon as you areput in charge of people some of them will start to complain. This same thing happened to Daniel. Of the three administrators Daniel waspreferred above them.V7, “Allthe presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors,and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and tomake a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man forthirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.” They went to King Darius to have Daniel setup so they could get rid of him.Theydid not like Daniel because he was a Jew, trustworthy and loyal to theKing.V10, “Now when Daniel knewthat the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being openin his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day,and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” Daniel did not compromise his position withhis God.Daniel had faith that his Godwould protect him in these circumstances.V13 spells out what was to happen next.“Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, whichis of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, northe decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. “ Daniel was not intimidated by mans law he wasgoing to do what God says.Again Danielfound himself in a position that only God could get him out of. V16, “Then the king commanded, andthey brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake andsaid unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”Even the King had seen enough that he knew that the God that Danielserved would deliver him from the lions.V18, “Then the king went to hispalace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music broughtbefore him: and his sleep went from him.”The next morning the King went to the lion’s den to check onDaniel.V20, “0Andwhen he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and theking spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God,whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?” Then Daniel spoke, v21, 22, “Then saidDaniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22My God hath sent hisangel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuchas before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have Idone no hurt.”The accusers hadpersuaded Darius to put in effect a decree that was intended to eliminateDaniel, but ironically they could not dissuade the king from eliminatingthem.
When we look at Daniel’s 85 years of life we find that hetruly loved God and nothing was going to keep him from worshiping and servingHim. Daniels life was full of major problems.Daniel without question trusted God provide a way for him. If we could only learn from Daniel that totrust God is the most important decision that we can make in our lives. What is so often missed is that Daniel hadan active prayer life.This is mostvital today to stay in touch with God on a daily bases.