Theme: Rise and fall of Kingdoms
Introduction: The Prophet Daniel identifies himself several times as the author of this book. The book of Daniel was written about 537 B.C. The book of Daniel appears to be made up of two separate parts. The first six chapters tell about Daniel, and the second six chapters contain the prophecies that relate through Daniel. There are several well-known stories found in the book of Daniel which include the three young men delivered from the fiery furnace in chapter three. The second story is about the mystery handwriting on the wall and that is found in chapter five. The next story is about Daniel in the lion’s den which is in chapter six. The last story is the prophecy of Daniel’s seventy weeks in chapter nine of this great book of Daniel. Now Daniel does not mention the Church Age, but does allude to the “one week” or (seven years) that was yet to come and also called elsewhere the “Tribulation” in (Daniel 9:27). This was also called the “time of Jacob’s trouble” in (Jeremiah 30:7); that ending with the second coming of Jesus Christ and “the end of the age” in (Matthew 13:40).
I) First Deportation to Babylon:
Daniel: Chapter 1:
1) Read: (Daniel 1:1); in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. KJV
1) Explanation: (Daniel 1:1); In verse one; In the third year of the reign of Jehoialkim), seems to be a contradiction in that Jeremiah records this siege of Jerusalem as occurring in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim in (Jeremiah 24:1). However, in this there is no discrepancy, for Daniel points to the settings out of the Babylonian Monarch toward Jerusalem, while Jeremiah relates his arrival the following year.
1) Comments: (Daniel 1:1); in verse one); Here in this verse, we are told that the Babylonian warrior king Nebuchadnezzar had just won the “Battle of Carchemish”, against the Assyrians prior to his assault on Jerusalem. The prophet Daniel refers to him as “King” because his father Nabopolassar, died on August 15, 605 B.C. while Nebuchadnezzar was in Jerusalem, leaving the son as heir to the throne.
2) Read: (Daniel 1:2); 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. KJV
2) Explanation: (Daniel 1:2); in verse two; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand,” refers to the Lord being totally the Disposer of events. “With part of the vessels of the House of God,” tells us of the plunder of a part of the Temple. Exactly which Vessels were plundered is not stated. Nebuchadnezzar’s placing of these Vessels in the “house of his god” proclaims the fact that the heathen Monarch erroneously thought his god Nebo was greater than Jehovah of Israel.
2) Comments: (Daniel 1:2); in verse two); it was after the Babylonians conquered Judah and Jerusalem, that they confiscated some of the temple vessels in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy to King Hezekiah many years earlier in (Isaiah 39:1-6). Now God had already revealed this judgment on Judah through Hulde the prophetess in (II Chronicles 34:22-28); and many others. In the book of (Micah 4:10); in the book of (Jeremiah 25:11); in the book of (Habakkuk 1:5-11); All these predicted were made about the Babylonian captivity in advance.
II) (Daniel and His Friends Chosen for The King’s Service)
3) Read: (Daniel 1:3); and the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; KJV
3) Explanation: (Daniel 1:3); in verse three; the boys chosen belonged to the royal family and, therefore, to nobility; they were most probably in their teens. Daniel and the three Hebrew children were included. The word “eunuchs” has as its primary meaning “court officer.” In some cases, these individuals were castrated. However, this does not seem to be the case with Daniel and his companions, for they were “without blemish”.
3) Comments: (Daniel 1:3); in verse three; the King spoke to Ashpenas the master of his eunuchs and said to him that the boys that were chosen belonged to the royal family and they were in their teens. Now the word eunuchs signifies officers about or in the palace, whether literally they were eunuchs or not.
4) Read: (Daniel 1:4); Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skillful 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. KJV
4) Explanation: (Daniel 1:4); in verse four; “The tongue of the Chaldeans,” probably referred to the learning of the Aramaic language and the cuneiform style of writing employed by ancient Babylon.
4) Comments: (Daniel 1:4); in verse four; Here the common language of Babylonia was Aramaic, and while the language of scholarship included the ancient and complicated Babylonian language. The academic program would have included mathematics, astronomy, history, science, and magic. But these young men demonstrated not only aptitude, but they also were discipline. This kind character trait, was also combined with integrity, which served them well in their new culture.
5) Read: (Daniel 1:5); and the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. KJV
5) Explanation: (Daniel 1:5); in verse five; the three year” period had to do with their education and their physical well-being. The type of “wine” used here had to do with the gods worshipped by Nebuchadnezzar. In fact, it was wine which had been offered to idols. The thinking of the Babylonians was that the drinking of this particular “wine” would enhance the intelligence of Daniel and the others.
5) Comments: (Daniel 1:5); in verse five; there was a daily provision of food and wine which the King ordered the leftover food at their tables to be delivered to their courtiers. This was done for three years for their nourishing of their bodies. The Babylonians only had the best intentions in providing the royal food and drink to the trainees. But they had little knowledge of the kind of dietary provisions of the Mosaic Law. And the Babylonians culture was unware of the possible conflicts with the thinking and values of these Babylonians faith. Also this was deemed a sufficient time to acquire the Chaldees language, and the sciences peculiar to that people.
6) Read: (Daniel 1:6); now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: KJV
6) Explanation: (Daniel 1:6); In verse six; now there was no doubt, there were many, possibly hundreds who were set apart, groomed to serve as wise men of the Babylonian Empire. Daniel and the Hebrew children were only “among these.”
6) Comments: (Daniel 1:6); in verse six; now these captive people were taken to Babylon. Daniel and the three Hebrew children were among these that were taken captive. The phrase among these here that there were many, possibly hundreds who were set apart, to be groomed to serve as wise men of the Babylonian Empire. These young boys faced a long and difficult march to a new land. This march was about 500 miles long and was under harsh conditions and their faith in their God was certainly tested. Please read the book of Hebrews chapter 11, because this book of the bible is known as the Faith Chapter. Always remember that “faith” is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
III) Their Names Were Changed:
7) Read: (Daniel 1:7); unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. KJV
7) Explanation: (Daniel 1:7); in verse seven; (By giving these men new names, Nebuchadnezzar was trying to blot out the name and memory of “Jehovah”, the God of the Hebrews. Daniel’s new name included a reference to a pagan god, Bel, and it meant “Bel protects his life.” Also in verse seven, the three friends of Daniel were given the names of Shadrach, Meshch, and Abednego.
7) Comments: (Daniel 1:7); in verse seven; Also King Nebuchadnezzar changed the names of Daniel and his three friends because he wanted to make them Babylonian for in their own eyes and in the eyes of the Babylonian people. The King though their new names would help them assimilate into their new culture. The name of Daniel means “God is my judge” in Hebrew. But the King gave Daniel the name which was Belteshazzar, meaning Bel, which means protect his life! (Bel, also was called Marduk, and this name was the chief Babylonian God.) (Also the name Hananiah, means “(the Lord shows grace);” and his new name, was (Shadrach, probably means “under the command of Aku, which was the (moon-god).” The King named Mishael, and his name probably means, “Who is like God?” Now the name Azariah means “the Lord helps,” and his new name is “Abednego, which means, “servant of Nego, Nebo, or Nabu, the god of learning and writing). This was how the King attempted to change the religious loyalty of these young men from Judah’s God to the Babylonia’s gods.
IV) What Was Daniel’s Purpose?
8) Read: (Daniel 1:8); 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. KJV
8) Explanation: (Daniel 1:8); in verse eight; “But Daniel purposed in his heart,” means that he was resolutely determined, whatever the price was that he would have to be paid. In other words, he stood ready to give up his life before he would disobey the Lord, if that’s what was demanded of him. Here the word “defile” in verse eight means to make someone or something morally impure or unclean. The Hebrew word also refers to something stained, soiled, or just polluted.
8) Comments: (Daniel 1:8); in verse eight; here the word resolve is a strong word that means to be devoted to principle and to be committed to a course of action. When Daniel resolved not to defile himself, which means that he was being true to a lifelong determination to do what was right and not to give in to the pressures around him.
We too are often assaulted by pressures to compromise our standards and live more like the world around us. But merely wanting or preferring God’s will and way is not enough to stand against the onslaught of temptation. Like Daniel, We must resolve to obey God.
9) Read: (Daniel 1:9); Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. KJV
9) Explanation: (Daniel 1:9); in verse nine; we see that men can rule, but only God over rules everything. We know that God will act intervention as often and He will come just when we take a stand for Him. Remember our lord and Savior will stand with you and He will come just to protect you in ways you may not be able to see. Now I believe that Daniel understood about the Babylonian culture, he did not endorse their cultural activities that would violated his convictions. Here Daniel drew a line on one issue in particular and would not compromise. Yes, the defining moment had arrived and Daniel’s conviction would not allow him to indulge in the royal menu of their food and drink.
9) Comments: (Daniel 1:9); in verse nine; we should remember that God moved with an unseen hand to change the heart of this Babylonian prince of the eunuchs. The strong moral conviction of these four young men made an impact on Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs. Remember God promises to be with his people in times of trial and temptation in (Psalms 106:46); (Isaiah 43:2-5); and (I Corinthians 10:13). Here Daniel’s stand was based on two factors. This was the first reason, most of the food eaten in a Babylonian palace was considered ritually unclean according to the Law of Moses. Please read (Leviticus 11:1-47); Also the Babylonians enjoyed meat and other foods that God instructed the Israelites to avoid. And when the meat was on the menu was acceptable, the Babylonians saw no need to drain the blood from the meat as prescribed in (Leviticus 17:13-14). The second reason behind Daniel’s conviction was that the meat and the wine were first offered for a sacrificed to Babylonians deities before being sent to the King’s palace. Daniel knew by accepting a royal diet meant accepting the idols associated with it. But Daniel refused because he wanted to remain faithful to his God. Also Daniel would not dilute his belief with a behavior that would defied God’s standard.
10) Read: (Daniel 1:10); 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. KJV
10) Explanation: (Daniel 1:10); in verse ten; what Daniel was demanding was a very serious thing. Daniel requested that they would not partake of the “meat” and “wine” and this was an insult to the King. However the Lord would give Daniel wisdom as to the disposition of this problem.
10) Comments; (Daniel 1:10); in verse ten; Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, knew that anything short of complete obedience meant execution for the officials who served King Nebuchadnezzar. Even in such a small matter as this. But Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, still feared for his life.
11) Read: (Daniel 1:11); Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, KJV
11) Explanation: (Daniel 1:11); in verse eleven; Melzar was the steward, or butler, who was in charge of the king’s meat and wine. He answered to the prince of the eunuchs.
11) Comments: (Daniel 1:11); in verse eleven; then Daniel said to Melzar who was an officer under Ashpenaz, whose office it was to attend to the food, clothing,
and it was his job to oversee these royal captives too. But others though Melsar was the master of the inn or hotel, the name of an office.
V) Daniel ask for a ten day test on what they should eat:
12) Read: (Daniel 1:12); Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. KJV
12) Explanation: (Daniel 1:12); in verse twelve; (Daniel proposed a test of “ten days” during which they would be given only vegetables to eat and water to drink. This didn’t mean that Daniel and the others were vegetarians, but rather that the meat provided by the Babylonians was unlawful to eat because of being unclean, or else it was not properly prepared! Here Daniel asked for a diet of pulse to eat, and water to drink. The Hebrew word translated pulse was not limited only to vegetables, but it included fruits, grains, and bread made from grains. And the guard was willing to accommodate Daniel’s request that the chief official would not endorse. Maybe the guard received permission from the chief official. But we can only speculate about the guard, but we can be certain about our God. Our God can do anything so I would say that God problem stirred the guard‘s heart and he granted this request.
12) Comments: (Daniel 1:12); in verse twelve; here the Babylonians were trying to change the thinking of these Jews by giving them a Babylonian education and their loyalty by changing their names and also their lifestyle by changing their diet. Now without compromising, Daniel found a way to live by God’s standards in a culture that did not honor their God. It was Daniel’s wise choosing to negotiate rather than to rebel against the King’s rules on what to eat and drink as the Babylonians did.
13) Read: (Daniel 1:13); then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. KJV
13) Explanation: (Daniel 1:13); in verse thirteen; Now the four young men with the names; Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They were determined in their hearts that they would not eat food from the King’s table. Because the King’s food; had already been offered to the “Babylonian God Marduk”.
13) Comments: (Daniel 1:13); in verse thirteen; Daniel, to satisfy him that there would be no danger of any bad consequence, desires the matter might be put to a trial. He applies himself further to the under-officer, Melzar, or the steward: “Prove us for ten days; during that time let us have nothing but pulse to eat, nothing but herbs and fruits, or parched peas or lentils, and nothing but water to drink, and see how we can live upon that, and proceed accordingly, verse 13. People will not believe the benefit of abstemiousness and a spare diet, nor how much it contributes to the health of the body, unless they try it.
14) Read: (Daniel 1:14); so he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. KJV
14) Explanation: (Daniel 1:14); in verse fourteen; evidently, the Lord told Daniel to do this. The Lord also helped Daniel, because otherwise ten days would not be enough time to show much either way.
14) Comments: (Daniel 1:14); in verse fourteen; trial was accordingly made. Daniel and his fellows lived for ten days upon pulse and water, hard fare for young men of genteel extraction and education, and which one would rather expect they should have indented against than petitioned for;
but at the end of the ten days they were compared with the other children, and were found fairer and fatter in flesh, of a more healthful look and better complexion, than all those who did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
15) Read: (Daniel 1:15); and at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. KJV
15) Explanation: (Daniel 1:15); in verse fifteen; (Here the four young men had a diet of beans and water, but that didn’t make the difference, but the food was simply the vehicle of “Faithfulness” that God used to prove that “He was God”, and there was no other.
15) Comments: (Daniel 1:15); in verse fifteen; this was in part a natural effect of their temperance, but it must be ascribed to the special blessing of God, which will make a little to go a great way, a dinner of herbs better than a stalled ox. By this it appears that man lives not by bread alone; pulse and water shall be the most nourishing food if God speak the word. See what it is to keep ourselves pure from the pollutions of sin; it is the way to have that comfort and satisfaction which will be health to the navel and marrow to the bones, while the pleasures of sin are rottenness to the bones.
16) Read: (Daniel 1:16); Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. KJV
16) Explanation: (Daniel 1:16); in verse sixteen; It is evident here that our Lord God took a hand in the proceedings. Also we are told that Melzar took away this kind of food and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
16) Comments: (Daniel 1:16); in verse sixteen; then his master countenanced him. The steward did not force them to eat against their consciences, but, as they desired, gave them pulse and water (verse 16), the pleasures of which they enjoyed, and we have reason to think were not envied the enjoyment. Here is a great example of temperance and contentment with mean things; and (as Epicurus said) “he that lives according to nature will never be poor, but he that lives according to opinion will never be rich.’ This wonderful abstemiousness of these young men in the days of their youth contributed to the fitting of them. For their eminent services. Hereby they kept their minds clear and unclouded, and fit for contemplation. And saved for the best employments a great deal both of time and thought; and thus they prevented those diseases which indispose men for the business of age that owe their rise to the in temperance’s of youth and for their eminent sufferings. Those that had thus inured themselves to hardship, and lived a life of self-denial and mortification, could the more easily venture upon the fiery furnace and the den of lions, rather than sin against God.
VI) God’s Blessing’s; Their Superiority to Others:
17) Read: (Daniel 1:17); as for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. KJV
17) Explanation: (Daniel 1:17); in verse seventeen; God gave,” this refers to the proclamation by the Holy Spirit that the three years of their training in all the sciences and arts of Babylonian learning did them no good whatever. It was the Lord God who gave them what they needed. Here in verse seventeen God (Jehovah), gave Daniel and his friends the knowledge and skills that they needed. Also the Babylonian culture placed a priority on the interpretation of dreams and visions. This was required to serve as a representative in the royal palace and Daniel was exposed to skills of professional seers and trained in the ancient art of analyzing dreams.
17) Comments: (Daniel 1:17); in verse seventeen; here Daniel and his friends learned all they could about their new culture so they could do their work with excellence. But while they learned, they maintained steadfast allegiance to God, and God gave Daniel and the three young boy’s skills and wisdom. Now their culture need not to be God’s enemy. If it does not violate God’s Commands, it can aid in accomplishing His purpose. We who follow God are free to be competent leaders in our culture, but we are required to pledge our allegiance to God first. It was here that our God (Jehovah), enabled Daniel to gain the expertise and provided him with discernment between the truth and what was falsehood.
18) Read: (Daniel 1:18); Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. KJV
18) Explanation: (Daniel 1:18); in verse eighteen; when these young men stood before King Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of the world, little did the Monarch realize just how prominently these four young men were and especially Daniel in what remains in the rest of their lives. Here at the end of the days which indicates the completion of their three-year training period that was designed by King Nebuchadnezzar. This was a crucial test both for the Hebrews and their trainers. And if the four young Hebrews failed to meet the King’s expectations, the four young Hebrews could have been severely punished, or maybe even executed.
18) Comments: (Daniel 1:18); in verse eighteen; the balance would be the King’s losses, if their physical heal and all their intellectual training had been a failure. They had, for the iniquity of their fathers, been deprived of the honors and pleasures that would have attended their noble extraction; but, to make them amends for that, God, in giving them learning, gave them better honors and pleasures than those they had been deprived of. And recompense for their integrity. They kept to their religion, even in the minutest instances of it, and would not so much as defile themselves with the king’s meat or wine, but became, in effect, Nazarenes; and now God rewarded them for it with eminency in learning; for God gives to a man that is good in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and joy with them, (Ecclesiastes 2:26). To Daniel he gave a double portion; he had understanding in visions and dreams; he knew how to interpret dreams, as Joseph, not by rules of art, such as are pretended to be given by the one irocritics, but by a divine sagacity and wisdom which God gave him. Nay, he was endued with a prophetic spirit, by which he was enabled to converse with God, and to receive the notices of divine things in dreams and visions, (Numbers 12:6). According to this gift given to Daniel, we find him, in this book, all along employed about dreams and visions, interpreting or entertaining them; for, as everyone has received the gift, so shall he have an opportunity, and so should he have a heart, to minister the same, their great acceptance with the king. After three years spent in their education (they being of some maturity, it is likely, when they came, perhaps about twenty years old) they were presented to the king with the rest that were of their standing.
19) Read: (Daniel 1:19); and the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. KJV
19) Explanation: (Daniel 1:19); in verse nineteen; the old King would soon find out just “how special these four children were, but they were far superior to all others. The King Nebuchadnezzar was impressed as he interviewed them. But among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Now our God did not merely give the Judeans satisfactory abilities. But our God, (Jehovah), gave them exceptional standing and they all four stood before the King Nebuchadnezzar presence and they entered into the King’s service.
19) Comments: (Daniel 1:19); in verse nineteen; the old King would soon find out just “how special these four children were. And he could do it, being a man of parts and learning himself, else he would not have come to be so great. And he would do it, for it is the wisdom of princes. In the choice of the persons they employ, to see with their own eyes, to exercise their own judgment, and not trust too much to the representation of others. The king examined them not so much in the languages, in the rules of oratory or poetry, as in all matters of wisdom and understanding, the rules of prudence and true politics. The King enquired into their judgment about the due conduct of human life and public affairs. But he ask were they wits? But, were they wise? And he not only found them to excel the young candidates for preferment that were of their own standing. But found that they had more understanding than the ancients, than all their teachers, (Psalms. 119:99-100). So far was the king from being partial to his own countrymen, to seniors, to those of his own religion and of an established reputation, that he freely owned that, upon trial. But he found those poor young captive Jews ten times wiser and better than all the magicians that were in all his realm.
20) Read: (Daniel 1:20); And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. KJV
20) Explanation: (Daniel 1:20); in verse twenty; this was just astounding, considering that these four were still only boys, but probably still in their teen years or maybe in their early twenties at the most. Also the King found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
20) Comments: (Daniel 1:20); in verse twenty; how did Daniel and the captives survive in a foreign culture? They learned about their culture and achieved excellence in their work. Also they served the people and they prayed for God’s help, and maintained their integrity. We should remember that Daniel and his three friends, had wisdom and understanding which was given to them by God. Now the King was far more pleased with them than with his magicians and enchanters. Also when we serve others, we must not pretend to have God’s wisdom, but our wisdom must be genuine when we are rightly related to our God.
21) Read: (Daniel 1:21); And Daniel continued even unto the first year of King Cyrus. KJV
21) Explanation: (Daniel 1:21); in verse twenty-one; Now the word “continued” here means that Daniel continued in his office until the first year of King Cyrus. He actually lived two or three years longer. But he witnessed the commencement and the ending of the seventy-year captivity.
21) Comments: (Daniel 1:21); in verse twenty-one; is a glimpse into the future that looks ahead seventy years into the reign of the Persian King, Cyrus the Great, who conquered Babylon in in the year 539 B. C. Now Daniel was approximately 15 years old when he was taken captive and lived through the entire seventy-year captivity. Most bible scholars believe that Daniel would have been about 85 years old when the Persians captured the city in (Daniel chapters 5 and 6).
A) The purpose of (Daniel 1:21); is to give a chronological overview of Daniel’s ministry, which he served from the time of Nebuchadnezzar to the time of Cyrus.
B) Remember; if you are not saved our God has the power to save anyone that calls upon the name of Jesus Christ and repents of their sins. Now all that are lost need God’s power because we have a problem with sin. The Bible tells us that “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23).
C) Now you can find the way to Heaven in the book of (Romans 10:9). This scripture in the bible tells us that “If you confess with your mouth, that “Jesus is Lord,” and that you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
D) We all need to confess our sins and ask God for his forgiveness. When you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord, then this involves an agreeing with God about your sin and your need for Salvation. You must repent of your own personal sins, by doing this you are willing to turn away from the direction in life in which you are going.
E) Now to “believe in your heart” is to place your faith in Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, also you are trusting that Jesus died on the Cross to pay for your sins. But our God proves His own love for us in that while we were sill sinners, Jesus Christ died for all of us. (Romans 5:8).
F) Remember, if you would like to have Salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ, you sincerely pray a prayer like this one; “Please God, I confess to you my sins and I need for you to save me right now. Turn away from my sins and I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord of my life forever. Amen.”
G) Before we close chapter 1 of the book of Daniel, I would just like to say, I believe that all the scriptures are very important to all of God’s people and every Christian should know and keep them in his heart. I believe that our Lord Jesus said these scriptures in the book of (Matthew 22:37-39). Then one of Pharisees ask Jesus a question and he called Him Master. Which is the great commandment in the Law? Then Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” (Matthew 22:37); Now in verse 38, Jesus said, “This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:38); Here in verse 39, our Lord Jesus said, and the second is like it,
H) “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39); Also our Lord Jesus said, this in verse 40, “On these two commandment’s hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:40); Remember we that are believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and know Jesus as our own personal Savior. Also we should give Him praise and thank Him every day of our life. Why? Because Jesus shed His precious blood on that old rugged Cross so that we all could be free and have eternal life with Him in Heaven. But while we are waiting we must be telling everyone about God’s Salvation Plan. And that plan is called the “Gospel” or the “Good News,” this is the job of every born again believer that calls Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior.
I) Now in the book of Matthew, in chapter 28, these scriptures tells us that the disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them to go. (Matthew 28:16); and when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. (Matthew 28:17); and Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, All authority is given unto me in Heaven and in earth. (Matthew 28:18); In verse 19; Jesus said, go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, which is Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19); Also in verse 20, Jesus said, teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world, (age). Amen. (Matthew 28:20);
J) Now you have just finish reading the two scriptures in the book of (Matthew 28:19-20). Most people that are Christians go to church on Sunday morning and then go out to eat lunch or a late dinner. But I would like to ask everyone a few questions about whose job it is to tell the “Good News” or the “Gospel”? Most Christians believe that this is the job of the pastor because that why we pay him for. But then there are the other type of Christians that believe that this job belongs to the Deacon in the church. Well, guess what, I believe that telling the Gospel is my job and every born again believers that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. Yes that means all of us are commanded to go, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, which is Jesus, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19); Remember time is running out for all those that are not saved.
Also I believe that we are living in those last days right now and we as Christians have very little time left to tell our love ones and those who may not be saved about our Lord Jesus Salvation Plan. And that plan is called the “Gospel” or the “Good News,” this is the job of every born again believer that calls Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior.
K) Now this concludes our first Bible Study about chapter 1 of the Book of Daniel. Please be much in prayer for me as I try to teach the other books of this great book of Bible. Now remember that everything on this web-site is free. Please pass them on to other people if they have helped you.
L) Note: Now this concludes our Bible Study on the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. I believe that the most important point that Daniel is trying to tell us is, “never live your life with uncompromising convictions.” Then we should live with our God’s convictions in our heart in such a way that we as Christians are just like Daniel. Then when we pray we should ask God, (Jehovah), for the strength to remain faithful to His ways no matter what happens in this short lived life here on earth. I have decanted this “Christian Computer Ministry” to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Because our Lord Jesus Christ has forevermore paid the price for our Sins on that Old Rugged Cross. And I just don’t believe that we should sell our God’s Word because His Holy Word is precious and dear to my Heart.