Daniel, a Prophet of God whose name means ‘God is my judge’. This Old Testament book is really quite an enjoyable read. The book is only 12 chapters long and contains several well know stories as ‘Daniel in the lion’s den’ and his three friends who were thrown into the furnace of fire that was so hot that some of the men who took them to the furnace died because of the heat. Three friends who would not bow to a fake God were to be burnt alive because of it. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three men thrown into the fire because of their beliefs. Three men thrown in yet the King witnessed four men walking around within the fire. The King calls them out, three men come out of the fire with out a burn or even singed clothing. I believe that evening the slaves and the soldiers who witnessed this event had a story to tell to their wives and children, not exactly the normal day at the fire pit/office.
If you would this would be a wonderful book to read to your children during a family hour at home or during a set time you and your family set aside for the Lord each evening. I believe that the story of Daniel in the lion’s den is one of the first if not the first Bible story I remember hearing as a small child. It has been my experience that the stories within this book have always been well received by most everyone young or old who were hearing it for the first time. If you do not know these stories personally, please take the time to explore them with your family, I honestly believe that almost all of you will enjoy it. I am on purpose leaving the lions den story vague hoping that you will take the time to explore it for yourself.
Daniels life and his ministry covered a time that the people of Israel were in bondage in the nation of Babylon where they were taken and lived for seventy years. Daniel was deported with the other Israelite’s who had not been killed during the battle, he was 16 years old at the time. Daniel was hand-picked along with his three fore mentioned friends for government service. They were educated in Babylon’s best schools for three years and given new names, Daniel was given the name Belteshazzar after a Babylonian God and the name meant ‘Bel protect his life.’
Daniel was blessed by the Spirit of God with great wisdom and interpretive skills which through time brought him into a position of prominence with the King, especially with Kings Nebuchadnezzar and King Darius. Daniel was mentioned three times by the sixth century BC Prophet Ezekiel as a man who was ‘greatly loved’ and as a man who was an ‘example of righteousness.’ Jesus Himself also attributed a quote to Daniel the Prophet in Matthew 24:15.
The Book of Daniel is also widely known as a book of Prophesies and in the eleventh chapter alone there are over 100 prophecies of historical events that have come true. The Book of Daniel just like the Book of Isaiah give the world a very detailed and quite through view of world events through the end of this world as we all know it. In his book Daniel wrote the first chapter in his native tongue of Hebrew. Chapters two through seven were written in the Aramaic language in which he chartered the future course of the future Gentile world powers. The last five chapters (8-12) Daniel reverted back to Hebrew to show the Jewish nation of Israel under Gentile domination. The events written show the sovereign control that God has over the affairs of world history. These writings would be a lot of comfort to both the current captives of Babylon as well as many years later to the Church that Jesus would set up here upon the Earth. The truth is laid out that there will be kingdoms like the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, English and Germans but that they will all come to ruin. Yet the fact remains that God will establish His Kingdom where Israel and God’s redeemed will stand forever. Please consider Chapter 2 verse 44, “And in he days of these Kings shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom which shall never be destroyed: And the Kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these Kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
The Book of Daniel is a beautifully written piece of art that you and your whole family can enjoy together. Daniel is one of only a very few Biblical people where nothing negative is written about them anywhere in the Scriptures. Daniel was truly one of God’s most loved and trusted servants. Daniel set himself aside from the world around him that was full of sin and violence. He chose to be a man of God through his actions of love faith and obedience to the teachings of his Creator. Daniel chose to be a pillar of faith and Godly works even though he lived in a world where he and his people were captives and slaves. Friends, O how I wish that these traits could be said about the human race today. I wish these were traits of all of our families, the Churches we attend, about our own selves! I hope you have enjoyed this little piece about one of God’s most faithful servants. I pray that the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (Israel) will ride with you in all of your journeys. Friends, until we meet again, Shalom.