Daniel Chapter 1
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2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.
4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.
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Matthew Henry's Daniel Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
Daniel was of noble birth, if not one of the royal family of Judah. He was carried captive to Babylon in the fourth year of Jehoiachin, B. C. 606, when a youth. He was there taught the learning of the Chaldeans, and held high offices, both under the Babylonian and Persian empires. He was persecuted for his religion, but was miraculously delivered; and lived to a great age, as he must have been about ninety-four years old at the time of the last of his visions. The book of Daniel is partly historical, relating various circumstances which befel himself and the Jews, at Babylon; but is chiefly prophetical, detailing visions and prophecies which foretell numerous important events relative to the four great empires of the world, the coming and death of the Messiah, the restoration of the Jews, and the conversion of the Gentiles. Though there are considerable difficulties in explaining the prophetical meaning of some passages in this book, we always find encouragement to faith and hope, examples worthy of imitation, and something to direct our thoughts to Christ Jesus upon the cross and on his glorious throne.The captivity of Daniel and his companions. (1-7) Their refusal to eat the king's meat. (8-16) Their improvement in wisdom. (17-21)1-7 Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, took Jerusalem, and carried whom and what he pleased away. From this first captivity, most think the seventy years are to be dated. It is the interest of princes to employ wise men; and it is their wisdom to find out and train up such. Nebuchadnezzar ordered that these chosen youths should be taught. All their Hebrew names had something of God in them; but to make them forget the God of their fathers, the Guide of their youth, the heathen gave them names that savoured of idolatry. It is painful to reflect how often public education tends to corrupt the principles and morals.
8-16 The interest we think we make for ourselves, we must acknowledge to be God's gift. Daniel was still firm to his religion. Whatever they called him, he still held fast the spirit of an Israelite. These youths scrupled concerning the meat, lest it should be sinful. When God's people are in Babylon they need take special care that they partake not of her sins. It is much to the praise of young people, not to covet or seek the delights of sense. Those who would excel in wisdom and piety, must learn betimes to keep the body under. Daniel avoided defiling himself with sin; and we should more fear that than any outward trouble. It is easier to keep temptation at a distance, than to resist it when near. And we cannot better improve our interest in any with whom we have found favour, than to use it to keep us from sin. People will not believe the benefit of avoiding excess, and of a spare diet, nor how much they contribute to the health of the body, unless they try. Conscientious temperance will always do more, even for the comfort of this life, than sinful indulgence.
17-21 Daniel and his fellows kept to their religion; and God rewarded them with eminence in learning. Pious young persons should endeavour to do better than their fellows in useful things; not for the praise of man, but for the honour of the gospel, and that they may be qualified for usefulness. And it is well for a country, and for the honour of a prince, when he is able to judge who are best fitted to serve him, and prefers them on that account. Let young men steadily attend to this chapter; and let all remember that God will honour those who honour him, but those who despise him shall be lightly esteemed.
Mduduzi's Daniel Chapter 1 comment on 11/27/2013, 7:39am...
Be decisive, stand your ground and who you are and what you want. Daniel and his friends never douted God. They knew a will of God. They were not tempted to do or eat whatever is not in their line of belief. I think we in Christ should stand firm and word of God as a lamp to our path
Weda Brenda's Daniel Chapter 1 comment on 11/22/2013, 2:41pm...
Daniel was such a strong character,he stood firm even amidist temptations.
Abrahampraise's Daniel Chapter 1 comment about verse 8 on 11/07/2013, 9:55am...
This book of daniel shd be a mst read to our politician to tel them dt even as a politician, u cn decide nt to defile urself jst d way daniel did as a politician in hs own time.....
Felipe R. Bustillo's Daniel Chapter 1 comment on 10/30/2013, 11:51pm...
In Daniel chapter 1 Daniel has a right stand in the word of God in his heart that anything can defile his faith and even his soul he will tend not to compromise with it. As christian we must have a good foundation from the word of God by studying your Bible.
Kathleen's Daniel Chapter 1 comment about verse 9 on 10/14/2013, 7:55pm...
he was tender and belove in the bosom of Jesus Christ the prince of the eunuchs. he never needed
a woman. He is, was, and will always be God Almighty. repent and prepare yourself to make yourself ready for his return, one day soon.
Abimbola fowodu's Daniel Chapter 1 comment on 10/10/2013, 12:04am...
Daniel and his friends knew God before they were brought to Babylon.They were taught the precept of the Word of God and they had the Word in their heart not their heads, no wonder when they got to the strange land, faraway from their homes and prying eyes of their parents and teachers they still held to their faith in God.They were not moved away because of the grandeur of the palace.Their God did not fail them.Parents should teach their children in the ways of the Lord, when they grow old they will not depart from it.
Valentina's Daniel Chapter 1 comment on 9/21/2013, 7:39pm...
Good thoughts Dave. I think a dcenet rule of thumb is to do a 4-6 week book series followed by a 4-6 week topical series. Of course, we can create a hybrid like Marriage and Family from an Ephesian Perspective. I probably would leave the Ephesian part off of the series title but maybe not. We have four kinds of listeners in the congregation, those who listen primarily with their heart, mind, soul, or strength (or for inspiration, information, reflection, or application respectively). While every sermon perhaps should aim to develop content that hits all of these listener preferences, it may be easier to focus an entire series on one of these every four months or to preach a four week series with a different primary target (ie, heart, mind, etc) each week.
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