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Serving the Lord wherever you are.
Mark Dell“Good morning, my name is Mark Dell, Senior Pastor here at Legacy Bible Church. I would like to welcome all of you here today. And I would also like to welcome those who are listening online too as we know people listen online if they can’t make it or if they haven’t made it yet. We look forward to meeting you soon.

INTRODUCTION (10 minutes)

Jab 1
Jab 2
Jab 3
Right Hook

EXPLANATION (10 minutes)

Taken into captivity at a young age/
Give background about prophecy and Israel (this was predicted)
Given New Name All are pointed to the gods of the Babylonians. (New identity) The best of the best
Taught a new language ( )
Even the food they ate.
Food and drink seem to be more important than the name changing.
Learned all about this culture
Immersed in it for 3 years.
The royal grant was to perpetuate the Babylonian system of cultural, political, social, and economic values. The education was intended to brainwash the youths and to make them useful Babylonian subjects.
VanGemeren, W. A. (1995). Daniel. In Evangelical Commentary on the Bible (Vol. 3, p. 592). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
Had to study their Gods. Didn’t seem to be a problem.
What they ate (veggies, not because it was healthier, it was a miracle.
God was with them/they excelled.
65 years in service
What they worshipped. (Fiery furnace)
Daniel’s life was not over when he was taken into exile. Taken into slavery.
The life that Daniel had was not the life he would have picked for himself. Would not have gone into forced slavery
Had to study their history their culture, especially when you are one of “God’s People”. That was something they were proud of.
But they found favor in the sight of the leadership of the Chaldeans. They moved on. They let the things go that they could let go. but they held onto the things that were really important. The food laws.
Even where YOU work, when all of those around you are doing this you can still follow the LORD. You can still be sold out to Him.
Even though they were in a place that was less than desirable they still pressed on. They didn’t let their circumstances ruin their lives.
His life would be used to advance the Kingdom of God even in a foreign land, even when the exile was punishment for disobedience.
There were no promises that Daniel would be blessed by God. His responsibility was his faithfulness. The End

APPLICATION (10 minutes)

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