Daniel Refused the Food Provided by the King
Daniel was one of the people who were brought into exile into Babylon. Daniel was from the royal family line o Jfudah. He and 3 others including Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Daniel and his friends were obedient in following God’s commandments. They preferred not to eat the meat and drink the wine that the officials provided. Instead, Daniel requested the official who oversee them to let them eat vegetables and drink water for 10 days. At the end of the 10 days, Daniel and his friends look more healthier than others. At the end of the days, Daniel and his friends came to stood before King Nebuchadnezzar. They were found to be 10 times wiser compare to Nebuchadnezzar’s astrologers. They were all promoted to high officials. Daniel continued to serve in the country even unto the reign of King Cyrus.
Daniel Interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream
Later, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream but he had no idea what it means. He summoned all his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to interpret the dream. He would not tell them his dream and they had to interpret it. He threatened to cut them into pieces and turn their houses into rubble if they don’t give him the interpretation to his dream.
When Daniel heard the news, he asked his 3 friends to pray for God to reveal the king’s dream and interpretation. Daniel prayed and God revealed the dream and its interpretation to him.
In Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, there was a huge statue. Its head was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. As Nebuchadnezzar was watching, a rock hewn not by human hands hit the clay feet and the whole statue was smashed and broken into pieces.
According to Daniel, the golden head is the kingdom of Babylon. After Babylon fall, a second kingdom that is more inferior will arise. After that, a third kingdom will rule over the earth. Then, a fourth kingdom that is strong as iron will arise. After that, a fifth kingdom that is divided, as the feet and toes were baked clay and iron will arise. In those days, God will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. After Daniel had interpreted the dream, Nebuchadnezzar promoted him to a high position and gave him many gifts.
Daniel’s Friend Unharmed in the Fire
One day, Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden statue that is 60 cubits high and 60 cubits wide. Nebuchadnezzar summoned everyone to come to the dedication of the statue. The herald proclaimed loudly that everyone is to fall down and worship the image. Anyone who did not worship it will be thrown into the burning furnace. Daniel’s 3 friends including Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not bow down to them.
A number of astrologers saw this and they reported it to the king. The king summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego before him and asked if this is true. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied it is true and they will never bow down to the image of gold. They believe that God will deliver them if the king throw them into the blazing fire.
King Nebuchadnezzar was so furious that he ordered the furnace to be heated 7 times hotter. The fire was so hot that it leap out to kill the soldiers that brought Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the fire. While they were in the fire, Nebuchadnezzar was shocked to find 4 men walking around the fire, unbound and unharmed.
He called out Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and had them cross checked. There is no sign of being burned on their body, clothes or hair. Afterwards, Nebuchadnezzar promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Babylon.
Daniel Unharmed in the Lion’s Den
During the reign of King Darius, Daniel was one of the 3 administrators placed over the kingdom. Daniel was very distinguished. This made the other administrators and satraps jealous. They spied on Daniel to see if they could find any fault in him.
Finally, they went to the king and persuaded him to enforce a decree that put anyone who pray to any god or human except him in the next 30 days into the prison. Anyone who disobey this command is to be thrown into the lion’s den. When Daniel learned that Darius had issued the decree, he went upstairs to his home where the windows were opened toward Jerusalem and kneel down to pray 3 times a day just like before.
When the men saw this, they reported it to King Darius and he gave order to throw Daniel into the lion’s den. However, King Darius can’t sleep that night. When dawn comes, e rushed to the lion’s den to see if Daniel is still alive. Daniel replied that the lions have not hurt him as God sent an angel to shut the mouth of the lion.
The king was very happy and he had Daniel lifted out from the lion’s den. Daniel was not injured in any way. Then, the king commanded those who accused Daniel be brought into the lion’s den. Before they reached the floor, the lion tore them into many pieces.
What Can We Learn from Daniel?
Daniel was obedient to God and he faithfully walk in his commandments. He did not compromise his faith according to the requirements of the king. For example, he refused to eat meat and drink wine. He continued to pray even though King Darius issued a decree. Daniel was a loyal officer. He is not corrupted in all his dealings. This is why the other officials who were jealous couldn’t find any fault in him. Because of his loyalty, the king promoted him to high position. If you want to do great things, you must be faithful in the little things first. Daniel always give glory to God in what he does. He offered thanksgivings to God after he revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its meaning. We should always give thanks and glory to God for all things.
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (Titus 3:1-2 KJV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3 KJV)
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV)
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:21 KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23 KJV)
And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (1 John 2:3 KJV)
And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. (2 John 1:6 KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 KJV)
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. (Matthew 13:12 KJV)
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:10-12 KJV)
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV)