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.
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
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
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.
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
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