Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Dare to be a Daniel

Daniel 1:1-8  “Dare To Be A Daniel

Daniel – a book of just prophecy?

• End times excitement?
Planet Nibiru: Will anyone notice when worlds collide on September 23?  
IT GOES by a few names. Planet Nibiru. Planet X. Whatever you call it, an apocalyptic prophecy predicts it will crash into Earth - and soon.
▪ This Saturday, an invisible rogue planet will bring about the Rapture . . . maybe.  
A Christian researcher blended theories about Planet X and the eclipse and determined that the world ends Saturday.   


Anyone interested in the “end times” certainly must study Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation.

• Ray Stedman:  The book of Revelation explains the book of Daniel. The book of Daniel lays the basis for the book of Revelation. If you would like to know God's program for the future, it is essential that you understand this book of Daniel.  


Daniel calls all Christians to a holier life, a prayerful life, an uncompromising life, a life of dedication to the Lord.

Dare To Be A Daniel

Philip P. Bliss, 1873

1. Standing by a purpose true,
Heeding God’s command,
Honor them, the faithful few!
All hail to Daniel’s band!

Dare to be a Daniel,
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm!
Dare to make it known.

2. Many mighty men are lost,
Daring not to stand,
Who for God had been a host
By joining Daniel’s band.
3. Many giants, great and tall,
Stalking through the land,
Headlong to the earth would fall,
If met by Daniel’s band.
4. Hold the Gospel banner high!
On to vict’ry grand!
Satan and his hosts defy,
And shout for Daniel’s band.
• Jesus has authority over ALL mankind, ALL flesh, ALL things that breathe!

John 17:1–3

Jesus said these things, and lifting up his eyes to heaven he said, “Father, the hour has come! Glorify your Son, in order that your Son may glorify you— 

just as you have given him authority over all flesh, in order that he would give eternal life to them—everyone whom you have given him. 

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 


In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 

And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god.  

2 Kings 24:1–2

In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. 

And the Lord sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; 

He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets. 


Daniel would be there in Babylon for over 70 years:

• 1:1 the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah
• 1:21 “And Daniel was there until the first year of Cyrus the king.”   

Daniel 6:28 So this Daniel prospered during the kingdom of Darius and during the kingdom of Cyrus the Persian.


“the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand”

The Rest of Victory By Alan Redpath 

There is nothing

No circumstance, no trouble, no testing

That can ever touch me 

Until first of all it has gone Past God,

Past Christ

Right through me. 

If it has come that far,It has come with great purpose 

Which I may not understand at the moment

But as I refuse to become panicky

As I lift up my eyes to Him

And accept it as coming from the Throne of God

For some great purpose of blessing to my own heart

No sorrow will disturb me

No circumstance will cause me to fret 

For I shall rest in the joy

Of what my Lord is . . .  

That isThe rest of victory! 


• Daniel referred to Nebuchadnezzar (whose name means “Nabu has protected my inheritance”) as king of Babylon.   
Nebuchadnezzar (neb-u-kad-nez’-zar) = Nebo is the god of fire. Nebo, protect the landmark; Nebo, defend the boundary. An entangled adversary. Confusing the lord of treasure; prophesy, the earthen vessel is preserved.  


100 years earlier the cry was resounding in the streets of Judah and Jerusalem:

Isaiah 13:1, 4–6

The oracle of Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw:

A sound, a noise is on the mountains, the likeness of many people! 

A sound of the roar of the kingdoms, of nations gathering! 

Yahweh of hosts is mustering an army for battle. 

They are coming from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, Yahweh and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole earth. 

Wail, for the day of Yahweh is near; 

it will come like destruction from Shaddai! 


Micah 4:10–11

10 Writhe and groan, 

O daughter of Zion, like a woman in labor. 

For now you will go forth from the city, and you will camp in the field; 

you will go to Babylon

There you will be rescued; 

there Yahweh will redeem you from the hand of your enemies. 

11 And now, many nations are gathered against you who are saying, 

‘Let her be defiled, and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.’ 


Habakkuk 1:1–11

The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw. 

O Yahweh, how long shall I cry for help and you will not listen? How long will I cry out to you, “Violence!” and you will not save? 

Why do you cause me to see evil while you look at trouble? Destruction and violence happen before me; contention and strife arise. 

Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice does not go forth perpetually. For the wicked surround the righteous; therefore justice goes forth perverted. 

“Look among the nations and see; be astonished and astounded. For a work is about to be done in your days that you will not believe if it is told. 

For look! I am raising up the Chaldeans, the bitter and impetuous nation, the one who walks through the spacious places of earth to take possession of dwellings not belonging to it. 

They are dreadful and awesome; 

their justice and their dignity proceed from themselves. 

Their horses are more swift than leopards; 

they are more menacing than wolves at dusk. 

Their horsemen gallop; their horsemen come from afar; 

they fly like an eagle that is swift to devour. 

All of them come for violence, their faces pressing forward. 

They gather captives like the sand. 

10 And they themselves scoff at kings and rulers are a joke to them. 

They laugh at every fortification, and they heap up earth and take it. 

11 Then they sweep like the wind and pass on; 

they become guilty, whose might is their god!” 


Jeremiah – in Jehoiakim’s days:

Jeremiah 20:4–5

For thus says Yahweh, ‘Look, I am making you a terror to yourself and to all your friends, and they will fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes will be seeing it. And all Judah I will give into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will deport them to Babylon, and he will strike them with the sword.

And I will give all the wealth of this city, and all its acquisitions, and all its precious items, and all of the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, and they will plunder them, and they will seize them, and they will bring them to Babylon. 


waves of exiles to Babylon:  

1. 605 B.C. – third year of Jehoiakim’s reign
2. 597 B.C Jehoiachin, the son of Jehoiakim, was compelled by the Chaldeans to surrender Jerusalem (2 Kings 24:10–14)
3. 587 B.C. – when all the people of Judah that had not escaped to the hills and joined the guerillas were taken into captivity in Babylonia.


And the king ordered Ashpenaz, the commander of his court officials, to bring some of the Israelites from the royal family and from the lords, 

youths who have no physical defect, and who are handsome, and who are prudent in all wisdom and endowed with knowledge, and who understand insight, and who have the ability in them to serve in the palace of the king. And the king ordered him to teach them the literature and the language of the Chaldeans. 

• Houbigant renders, ‘apt to understand wisdom, to acquire knowledge, and to attain science;’ for it was not a knowledge of the sciences, but merely a capacity to learn them, that was required.  


• Isaiah said they would be eunuchs in Babylon:

2 Kings 20:16–18

16 Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of Yahweh! 

17 ‘Look, days are coming when all that is in your palace will be carried off; even all that your ancestors have stored up until this day, to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says Yahweh. 

18 ‘Your sons who went out from you, whom you brought forth, will be taken, and they shall be eunuchs in the temple of the king of Babylon.’ ”


And the king assigned to them his daily portion from the fine food of the king, and from the wine that he drank, and instructed that they were to be educated for three years. 

And at the end of their training, they were to be stationed before the king. 

• This training period was to continue “for three years” and was intended to prepare the young men to serve the king in some capacity. 
Young comments: “Plato, Alcibiades 1:121, states that the education of Persian youths began in their 14th year.
Xenophon, Cy., 1, 2 mentions the 16th or 17th years as the close. 
The [Persian] Avesta says that a student for holy training should go to a master for three years.   


Now there was among them from the Judeans, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 

• Daniel’s name signifies “God is my judge”; 
Hananiah, “Yahweh is gracious”; 
Mishael, “who is what God is?” (the idea being that there is no god like the God of Israel);
Azariah, “Yahweh has helped” or “will help.”
In the Hebrew text the names are listed in alphabetical order.  


And the commander of the court officials gave them names, and he called Daniel, Belteshazzar; and Hananiah, Shadrach; and Mishael, Meshach; and Azariah, Abednego. 

• Belteshazzar – (bel-te-shaz’-ar) = Bel (demon god), protect his life.
• Shadrach – (sha’-drak) = Decree of (Aku) the moon-god.
• Meshach – (me’-shak) = Who is what you are(?)
• Abed-nego – (ab-ed’-ne-go) = Servant or worshipper of Nebo;  worshiper of Mercury.  The servant of Jupiter.   


Now Daniel resolved that he would not defile himselfwith the fine food of the king, and with the wine that he drank, and so he requested from the commander of the court officials permission so that he would not defile himself. 

• “I won’t defile myself . . .”
Making a choice – a profound decision that affects others

Joshua 24:15 But if it is bad in your eyes to serve Yahweh, choose for yourselves today whom you want to serve, whether it is the gods that your ancestors served beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve Yahweh.”

• Will you dare to be a Daniel?

Daniel 1:1-8  “Dare To Be A Daniel”