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By The Rivers of Babylon Dan. 1:1-21
Present heroism cannot be explained apart from past faithfulness
I. Man Propses, God Disposes vs1-2
A. Two succinct statements about the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon.
1. describes the event in terms of secular history
2. biblical theology
B. The Viewpoint of History
1. city’s fall occurred over a three-stage period spanning the years 605, 597, and 587 b.c.
a. Siege 1 in 605 b.c.: “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it”(v. 1).
C. The Viewpoint of Theology.
1. The Lord Gave... The Lord Himself was involved in the defeat of His own people and the overthrow of His own city. Is. 39:6–7
II. Brainwashing vs3-7
A. Isolation:
B. Indoctrination: the ungodly think differently from the Godly.
C. Compromise: go after a man's heart with comfort.
D. Confusion: changing their names; a new identity. (story of my name being changed)
The way we think—about God, ourselves, others, the world—determines the way we live.
III. A Purpose Firm vs8-16
A. Daniel's Decisiveness vs8
B. Daniel's Modesty vs12 please test
C. Daniel's Expectation i knew God would do something
Charles H. Spurgeon, the great Victorian preacher in London, illustrates this rather well. On one occasion a young preacher was lamenting to him about how few people seemed to be converted under his preaching. “What?” said Spurgeon, “You don’t expect people to be converted every time you preach, do you?” Taken aback that he might have appeared presumptuous to the great Spurgeon, the young preacher replied, “No, of course not.” To which Spurgeon responded, “Perhaps, then, that is the very reason you have seen so few converted.”
IV. God Honors Faithfulness vs17-21
A. Isaiah 43:1–3
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