July 29th

Daniel 1-3

  • 1:1-2 – This is to set the scene that this story will happen while the Israelites are in exile.
  • 1:8-16 – Like in many other stories in Scripture, it is important to trust in God for provision and not to rely on others in any way. Eating the king’s food and drinking his wine would have been a way of relying on and trusting in the Babylonians.
  • 2:8-9 – The king asks the wise men to tell him what his dream means, but he refuses to tell them the dream.
  • 2:20-23 – Daniel’s prayer is one of humility and seeking God’s wisdom and provision.
  • 2:24-30 – Daniel is careful not to take credit for the incredible act he will perform. He gives glory to God for this ability.
  • 2:31-45 – Babylon had been a great power that had conquered Israel and other lands. God reveals that they will soon crumble despite their current might.
  • 2:46-49 – Daniel and his friends worked for the king but still remained faithful to God.
  • 3:13-18 – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are given another chance by the king. This is probably not an act of grace, but a desperate attempt to get everyone to do what he says. Even amidst the threat of certain death, they give a powerful response in verses 17&18.
  • 3:24-25 – Many believe this fourth person with the three friends to be Jesus or an angel of protection.
  • 3:24-30 – Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego’s incredible faith ends up turning even those who would openly and intensely defy God.

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