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Bible Pathway - Sept. 15, 2011


Read Daniel 1


Daniel's faith. Daniel is a prime example of teaching godly principles to every level of life. Beginning as a teenage captive (Dan. 1:1-6), he determines not to defile himself (1:8-16). Declares wisdom is from God (2:19-28).

During the reign of wicked Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzar finally conquered all of Palestine (II Kin. 24:1-7). Daniel and other selected Israelite captives were assigned new names which would identify them as citizens of Babylon. The king's intent was that these select men be taught to think and live like Babylonians. He gave unto Daniel (meaning "God is Judge") the name of Belteshazzar (meaning "Prince of Baal") (Dan. 1:7). As Daniel heard his new name called each day, it was intended to remind him that the comfort, esteem, and high position he enjoyed in his new society were all the result of his being the “Prince of Baal.”

The selected Israelite captives were also given a three-year course of training to educate them in the language and customs of their new country (1:3-5). It seems that Nebuchadnezzar's purpose for this specialized training was to use these young leaders to influence the other captives to become loyal to their new country and their new god. One of the provisions of these "privileged" men was to eat the same kind of food the king ate.

Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself (Dan. 1:8-16). There was no question in Daniel's mind as to who was King over his life. Daniel could refuse to eat the king's meat since there was something more important to him than feasting on all the delicacies that the king could put before him. Daniel was not concerned about losing recognition by refusing to eat the king's food. He based his steadfast purpose on the Word of God. To partake of the king's food would not be acceptable, for it was prepared in violation of the Levitical laws of God. Regardless of how tasty, it would not be acceptable, for his life was controlled by One far greater than King Nebuchadnezzar.

Throughout Daniel's 69 years in heathen courts, he remained true to God, who is also able in all temptations to keep you (us) from falling, and to present you (us) faultless (Jude 1:24).

The key to Daniel's victory is available to all who will submit to the King of kings. He welcomes the believer to receive His life more abundant. But to appropriate abundant life, one must die to self-interest (John 12:24). The Apostle Paul said: I die daily (I Cor. 15:31).

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (I Cor. 10:13).

Thought for Today:

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him (James 1:12).

Christ Revealed:

As The Stone that smote the image (Dan. 2:35). The Stone is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:11; Eph. 2:20; I Pet. 2:4-8).

Word Studies:

1:4 Children in whom was no blemish young men who were strong and healthy; 2:1 his sleep brake from him he was unable to sleep; 2:31 great image . . . was terrible dreadful, awesome, frightening; 3:19 the form of his visage his facial expression; 3:21 hosen other garments.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for International Broadcasts sponsored by Mrs. Roland Wicks • Staff: Pam Murton • Government Officials: Rep. Joe Barton (TX) and Rep. Mark Kirk (IL) • Country: Venezuela (23 million) on the northern coast of South America • Major languages: Spanish and Indian dialects • Religious freedom • 94% Roman Catholic; 1% Protestant; 1% Indian pagan religions • Prayer Suggestion: Confess any sins in your life so that your prayers can be heard (Ps. 66:18-19).

Optional Reading:

Revelation 20

Memory Verse for the Week:

John 1:11

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