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Title: God

Gods Purposes
  • Daniel 1

  • The book of Daniel centers around the life of
    Daniel the prophet
  • This book is set in the land of Babylon after the
    captivity of the southern kingdom of Judah

  • This book spans the period of Babylonian and
    Persian rule
  • Daniel was most likely very young (14-19) when
    taken captive and is an old man at the end of the

  • From the book we learn that God is in control
    and that the righteous will overcome all things

  • I. Captivity of Judah-11-7

Jerusalem besieged - 11-2
  • 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim
    king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
    unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
  • 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

Israel and Judah had been disobedient to God -
Jer. 616
  • 16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways,
    and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the
    good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find
    rest for your souls. But they said, We will not
    walk therein.

Jer. 2319
  • 19 The cities of the south shall be shut up,
    and none shall open them Judah shall be carried
    away captive all of it, it shall be wholly
    carried away captive.

2 Kings 241
  • 1 In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
    came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three
    years then he turned and rebelled against him.

1 Ch. 615
  • 15 And Jehozadak went into captivity, when the
    LORD carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand
    of Nebuchadnezzar.

Captives taken 13-7
  • 2 Kings 2017-18
  • 17 Behold, the days come, that all that is in
    thine house,and that which thy fathers have laid
    up in store unto this day, shall be carried into
    Babylon nothing shall be left, saith the
    LORD.18 And of thy sons that shall issue from
    thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take
    away and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of
    the king of Babylon.

Captives taken 13-7
  • Children young men
  • No blemish physically perfect no handicap
  • Well favoured good looking
  • Skilful in all wisdom capable of learning

  • Cunning in knowledge knowers of knowledge
    many facts already committed to memory
  • Understanding science understanding the facts
    learned, able to supply knowledge to problem

  • Ability to stand in the kings palace being
    of royal decent, they would be accustomed to
    living in a palace
  • They were fed with the same food the king ate

  • Daniel
  • Hananiah
  • Mishael
  • Azariah

  • Daniel - Belteshazzar
  • Hananiah - Shadrach
  • Mishael - Meshach
  • Azariah Abed-nego

  • II. Daniel purposed in his heart God provided
    - 18-16

Daniel purposed - Dan. 18
  • 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.

  • Purposed to settle to resolve
  • The kings food may have contained unclean animals
    or could have been offered to false gods

God provided Dan. 19
  • 9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and
    tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

The 10 day test Dan. 110-16
  • Chain of command
  • King Aspenaz (prince of eunuchs) Melzar
  • Pulse vegetables grain (no meat)

  • it is evident that God had a part in bringing
    about such a rapid change in the young mens

  • III. God gave them knowledge 117-21

Dan. 117
  • 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

  • Daniel received a special miraculous ability to
    understand and interpret visions and dreams

Dan. 226-29
  • 26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose
    name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make
    known unto me the dream which I have seen, and
    the interpretation thereof?
  • 27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king,
    and said, The secret which the king hath demanded
    cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the
    magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king

  • 28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth
    secrets, and maketh known to the king
    Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.
    Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy
    bed, are these
  • 29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into
    thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass
    hereafter and he that revealeth secrets maketh
    known to thee what shall come to pass.

Ten times better Dan. 119-20
  • 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.
  • 20 And in all matters of wisdom and
    understanding, that the king inquired of them, he
    found them ten times better than all the
    magicians and astrologers that were in all his

  • Daniel lived to see the end of the 70 years of
  • He lived to hear the decree of Cyrus allowing the
    Jews to return to Jerusalem

  • IV. Great lessons for us

  • 1. REMEMBER God is in control of all things
  • 2. Let us purpose in our hearts to follow God in
    every situation of life
  • 3. Gods ways are not our ways

  • 4. We must trust in Gods providential care
  • 5. We, like these 4 young men, must do what we
    can do and we know God will help us

  • Divine providence fills chapter 1 of Daniel and
    it is evident throughout the book

  • Note that Gods providence does not shut out mans
    free choice
  • We, like Daniel, have a choice whether or not to
    obey God
  • Let us all wisely follow the example of Daniel
    and his companions

Rom. 616-17
  • 16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield
    yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are
    to whom ye obey whether of sin unto death, or of
    obedience unto righteousness?
  • 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the
    servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the
    heart that form of doctrine which was delivered

  • 16 Do you not know that when you present
    yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience,
    you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either
    of sin aresulting in death, or of obedience
    resulting in righteousness?
  • 17 But thanks be to God that though you were
    slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart
    to that form of teaching to which you were
    committed, (NASV)

  • References (1) Stephen E. Powell. The Book of
    Daniel, 13th Annual Southwest Lectures.
    Pulaksi,Tn. Sain Publications, 1994 (page
    57-67). (2) Kevin Cauley, Studies in Daniel
    Gods Purposes http//preachersfiles.com/studies-i
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