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After Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, besieged Jerusalem, he chose noble men from Israel’s royal household who were handsome and showed an aptitude for learning, to be trained in the ways of the Babylonians.
Daniel, whose name means “God is my judge,” and his three countrymen from Judea were chosen and given new names.
Daniel and his compatriots proved to be the wisest of all the trainees, and, at the end of their training, they entered the service of King Nebuchadnezzar. .
In their education, the four men from Judah became knowledgeable in all Babylonian matters, and Daniel was given by God the ability to understand dreams and visions of all kinds ().
Special Prayer Request
It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
The satraps were the chief representatives of the king, and they most likely had charge of the various provinces of the kingdom. Other officials in Babylon were the prefects (military commanders), governors (civil administrators), advisers (counselors to those in governmental authority), treasurers (administrators of the funds of the kingdom), judges (administrators of the law), and magistrates (those who passed judgment in keeping with the law).
Daniel was a high official over the satraps.
Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials
Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials
“because” an excellent spirit was in him…
Excellent: exceptional, outstanding, extraordinary
exceptional, outstanding, extraordinary
Spirit: mind, heart, spirit, i.e., a non-material part of a person, with the focus on the faculty of reasoning
mind, heart, spirit, i.e., a non-material part of a person, with the focus on the faculty of reasoning
Many times the Old Testament talks about God hand was upon someone
But… An excellent spirit was in him…
Special Prayer Request - Father please allow me to have an excellent spirit… Exceptional - Outstanding - Extraordinary
Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.
Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint…
People will always find a reason… Not to like you
People will find a reason to find fault in you…
Not to like you
It’s not always that people don’t like you / they just don’t like whats in you…
They don’t like your exceptional and outstanding abilities
“but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault.”
“Because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.”
I have a “Life Goal” I want to be Faithful and Faultless
Wait… This doesn’t he was perfect - But when it came to his work ethics.. he was flawless.
He was on time - Paper work outstanding - The way he communicated flawless - Desk was neat - Dressed like he was success
Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.
Stick To The Plan
When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
Daniel understood the document and the repercussion
Even though Daniel was in captivity, he was still in a high place of power..
He never forgot… Who was his God..
Don’t Act Bran New!
Daniel said I pray three times a day and I’m sticking to the plan…
It was prayer that has kept me..
Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.”
Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.” Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him.
Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.” Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
When you stick to the plan…
God can still shut the lions’ mouth!!!
God Specialize - Lyrics
Have you any rivers That seem uncrossable? And have you any mountain That you cannot tunnel through?
God specializes In things thought impossible And He will do what no other No other power but holy power can do
I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”