January 28, 2024

As we dive into Daniel 1 this week, we are introduced to our four young exiles – Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Arriving in Babylon, they are immediately thrown into the king’s three year program of indoctrination and enculturation. They’re renamed with Babylonian names and assigned their Babylonian curriculum and diet. How will they be a blessing without blending in? It begins right here in verse 8.

“Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.”

Daniel and his friends answered to a higher King and they resolve to trust Him. As powerful as Nebuchadnezzar was, their King was the “God of Heaven” (Daniel 2:19) and “the Most High” (as he will be called twelve times in this book). They would each face much greater pressures to conform ahead, but as we’ll see, the seeds of that faithfulness were planted here with this small and simple act of faith.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to make the same resolve, by faith.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:1–2).”

Rob Lister will be preaching this Sunday and Cole Jones will be leading our sung worship. Please pray for each as they prepare.

See you Sunday, Grace. Let’s come hungry!

 

SONG OF THE WEEK

The King of Love My Shepherd Is by the Worship Initiative (feat. Skye Peterson)
The King of love my Shepherd is
Whose goodness faileth never
I nothing lack if I am His
And He is mine forever