Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 1

Outline and Background

Crisis Point - Daniel 1:1

Captive Situation - Daniel 1:2

Crucial Test - Daniel 1:3-7

Critical Choice - Daniel 1:8-13

Commendable Decision & Consequent Blessing - Daniel 1:14-20

Coincident Prophecy - Daniel 1:21

Application and Typical Prophecies

Application and Typical Prophecies

Daniel and his godly friends foreshadow the nation of Israel to which they belonged. The events in their lives become Israel’s history and hope during the “times of the Gentiles.” God’s people would survive the captivity; they will continue through the times of the Gentiles until the Messiah’s reign, which is foreshadowed by Cyrus. At the beginning of Cyrus’ reign in 538 B.C., he issued a decree that the Israelites could return to the Promised Land and rebuild the Temple (Ezra 6:3-5). This coincident prophecy is extremely important in light of God’s revelation of the “times of the Gentiles” in chapter two. The dream in that chapter provides hope to Israel until the time of the end.

Throughout the Scriptures, God tests His people. Every Christian should anticipate trials, temptations and testing at various times in life. There will be difficult times of distress and suffering. These hardships are like the wind that blows against the young tree and the drought that sends its roots deep to seek moisture. The hardships cause the tree to grow sturdy and strong. Likewise, hardships produce the Christian’s personality, faith and hope.

And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us (Romans 5:2-5).

The foursome had no hope of returning home, at least not for seventy years. They had every reason for embracing the customs of Babylon. Yet, they believed in Yahweh and acted accordingly, not knowing that the end would be prosperity. Hebrews 11:6 would be illustrated in the life of Daniel beginning with this crucial test.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Three men in the OT foreshadow Christ in His anointed offices. Yahweh placed in the palaces of kings at crucial points in the life of His people Israel: Joseph (savior), Moses (king), and Daniel (prophet). Each was endowed with wisdom from above because they rejected the pleasures of this world. Moses rejected Egypt’s riches; Joseph rejected Potiphar’s wife; and Daniel rejected the king’s food and wine. Solomon stands in sharp contrast to these three men. At a young age, God endowed Solomon with wisdom, but the king failed to apply it to his life. As he grew older, he sought the pleasures of this world instead of God and His righteousness.
Let us be numbered with Joseph, Moses and Daniel since Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God and we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:16).

Daniel and his friends were some of the best Jerusalem had to offer; they were “the good figs,” that would be the hope of the future for Israel according to the LORD in Jeremiah 24.

Daniel stands tall among the heroes of faith in the Bible. His whole life was pure, obedient, and blessed. Daniel shows us what it means to live courageously. His example challenges us to stand true to our Lord and His teachings regardless of the cost. It is easy to fit in with the culture, but the road to blessing is rarely easy. There is a definite connection between the eighth and twenty-first verses of the first chapter: “Daniel resolved” and “Daniel remained.”

Psychology would have us conform to the present world system, but the Bible admonishes the Christian not to be conformed to this world.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the
pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1-2).

The great lesson of this chapter is “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10). If we fear the LORD, it is possible to succeed in high school, college, or business and remain a truly separated Christian
according to the standard taught in God’s Word—Dare to be a Daniel.

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