Scripture Read: Daniel 1 - 2
Title: The Influence of Daniel
(H) Highlight verse: "Daniel answered the king and said, 'No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: To you O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be.'" Daniel 2:27 - 29
(E) Explain: Daniel was a young Israelite who was taken into captivity during the reign of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar had taken over Jerusalem and Judah. He then commanded his Eunuch’s to bring him some young people from Israel who were of royalty and nobility. These youths were to be without blemish, good looking, skilled, teachable, competent, smart and well educated. Daniel was among these young people. When Nebuchadnezzar came to Babylon Daniel quickly became known to him because of his wisdom and his gift for interpreting dreams (note there are some similarities to Joseph’s story as well). He had a couple of good friends named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who Daniel helped become rise in the ranks of the King’s court.
(A) Application: Here are a few observations about Daniel from todays passage that we can use and apply in our lives today.
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