THE BOOK OF DANIEL
Daniel and his three friends chose not to eat the king’s food. They did not bow down to the king’s image, even under penalty of death. Daniel continued to pray even though he knew he might be noticed and sentenced to death. These men are inspiring examples for us of how to live godly lives in a sinful world. When we face trials, we can expect God to also be with us through them. May God grant us similar courage to remain faithful under pressure. Our faith is sure because our future is secure in Christ. We must have courage and put our faith in God, who controls everything.
God was faithful in Daniel’s life. He delivered him from execution, from a den of lions, and from enemies who hated him. God cares for his people and deals patiently with them. We can trust God to be with us through any trial. Because he has been faithful to us, we should remain faithful to him.
Purpose: To give a historical account of the faithful Jews who lived in captivity and to show how God is in control of heaven and earth, directing the forces of nature, the destiny of nations, and the care of his people.
ORIGINAL AUDIENCE: The other captives in Babylon
DATE WRITTEN: Approximately 536 B.C., recording events that occurred from about 605– 536 B.C.
SETTING: Daniel had been taken captive and deported to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar in 605 B.C. There he served in the government for about 70 years during the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, Darius, and Cyrus.
KEY VERSE: “He [God] reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light” (2: 22).
KEY PEOPLE: “He [God] reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness, though he is surrounded by light” (2: 22).
KEY PLACES: Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, the blazing furnace, Belshazzar’s feast, the den of lions
SPECIAL FEATURES: Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, the blazing furnace, Belshazzar’s feast, the den of lions
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