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Nebuchadnezzar Gives Props to Daniel

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

In chapter 4, Daniel interprets one of the king’s dreams accurately.

Even though the consequences were brutally negative, they were true.

Reasonable people appreciate truth, even if it’s difficult.

Speaking difficult truth is a large part of what makes Daniel an inspirational character.

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An Impossible Demand

November 25, 2008 Leave a comment

In chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar demanded that his advisers tell him the details of his dream and then interpret it.

How would I react if someone asked me to tell me their dream and interpret it? How would you, dear Reader? Probably the same way that the advisers responded:

Your Majesty, you are demanding the impossible! No king, not even the most famous and powerful, has ever ordered his advisors, magicians, or wise men to do such a thing (2:10, CEV).

Then, under penalty of death, Daniel asked the king for time and prayed to God for insight.

When God gave him the answer the king required, Daniel saved his own life and the lives of all the other advisers. Just like in the previous chapter, Daniel responded to unimaginable pressure with calm and reason.

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Daniel and Friends Put to the Test

November 24, 2008 Leave a comment

In Daniel 1, we meet Daniel and his three friends, captured and recruited for the new political power in town.

It is amazing that Daniel is so wise and tactful without compromising his faith.

When faith collides with the workplace, appeal to data and evidence-based results.

If my faith gets in the way of my work then I’m misapplying my religious beliefs, I’m in the wrong line of work, or I’m employed by the wrong people.

When my faith improves my results, I need to allow it to be put to the test objectively.

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Daniel: Character Study

November 23, 2008 Leave a comment

“Daniel” appears 70 times in the NIV. Sixty-three of the 70 are in the book of Daniel. Only one, Matthew 24:15, is in the New Testament.

In the Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary Vol. 1 OT introduction to the book of Daniel, the authors write, “The principal theological emphasis in Daniel is the absolute sovereignty of the Lord, the God of Israel….A second theological emphasis is the power of persistent prayer.”

Daniel’s life is a case study in the power of God and the power of prayer.

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