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Daniel: A Man of Integrity

Key Verses:

Daniel 6:3-4 (NIV) 3Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.

Fast Facts:

1.       His name means “God is my judge” or  “Judge of God.”

2.       He was taken to Babylon as a captive at an early age (probably around 16 yrs.) and trained along with others to enter into service to the king (Dan. 1:3-6).

3.       He was renamed Belteshazzar, which means “Bel, protect his life,” invoking the Babylonian god (Marduk) for protection (Dan. 4:8).

4.       He was descended from royalty (Dan. 1:3).

5.       He was both handsome and smart (Dan. 1:4).

6.       He was trained in the literature and language of the Babylonians( Dan. 1:4).

7.       He refused to compromise on his religious convictions (Dan. 1:8, 6:6-11)

8.       He was thrown into a den of lions for refusing the kings order to pray to none other than the king (Dan. 6:16), but God delivered him from the mouth of the lions (Dan. 6:21-22.

9.       Daniel interpreted dreams and saw visions from God (Dan. 2:29-45, chpts. 7, 8)

10.   Daniel foretold the messianic kingdom and used the name for the Messiah that Jesus used for Himself, “Son of Man” (Dan 7:13-14).

11.   Confessed the sins of his nation and asked God to forgive for His great name’s sake (Dan. 9:1-19).

12.   Courageously pronounced God’s judgment against kings and nobles (4:19-37, 5:1-31).

13.   He lived through the reign of three kings; Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar, and Darius, and three nations; the Babylonians, Medes, and Persians.

Life Lessons:

1.       God will judge people and nations in history, regardless of rank or station.

2.       God rules over kings and kingdoms.

3.       God vindicates the righteous.

4.       Spiritual Integrity must never be compromised.

Application:

1.       Be certain that god judges sin.

2.       Obey God above all other rulers.

3.       Trust God to vindicate you in the face of your adversaries.

4.       Never compromise spiritual integrity for the sake of political or civic expediency.

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