Insights on Today's Reading
Daniel 1 - Daniel is an exile from Judah brought to Babylon in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. He was among a group of Jewish young men who were chosen to serve the king of Babylon as advisers. His friends, whose real names were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, were close to him and along with Daniel made it clear that they were still worshipers of the Lord God of Israel. The four would still serve the king of Babylon with loyalty and respect. Daniel lived a godly life in an ungodly world. He would not allow the defilements of the land to be a part of his life, verse 8. He proposed to the chief of the eunuchs that he and his friends would not have to eat the "king's delicacies' but would rather be fed vegetables and just drink water. Their appearance after a ten-day trial period were so much better than all of the other young men. They were recognized by the king to be "ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers," verse 20, who already served the king!
Daniel 2 - Nebuchadnezzar had a strange dream that troubled him. He brought all his primary advisors to his court and ordered them to reveal what his dream was and what it meant. He didn't give them any details. The advisors were dumbfounded and complained that no king anywhere would ask such a thing, and only "gods" could reveal this but their dwelling was not on earth, verse 11! Nebuchadnezzar was furious and ordered all his advisors to be put to death. When Daniel found out what was happening he asked for time and then he called on his friends to pray for guidance. God revealed to Daniel the dream, verse 19, and Daniel revealed it to the king along with the explanation. God was giving Nebuchadnezzar a future vision of coming kingdoms leading up to the reign of Christ on earth, verses 31-45.
Daniel 3 - Nebuchadnezzar chose to have an image made that symbolized his power. He ordered everyone in his kingdom to bow down and worship this image. Daniel is not mentioned, but his friends, now known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, would not bow down, verse 12. When they were ordered directly by the king to comply with his order they boldly said "NO!" to the king. He immediately ordered them thrown into a fiery furnace, verse 20. Almost immediately they were walking in the furnace with Someone else, verse 25! Undoubtedly that was the Lord Jesus, though Nebuchadnezzar called Him "a son of the gods." When they came out "without the smell of fire" on them, verse 27, Nebuchadnezzar recognized their God to be greater than all others, verse 29.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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