Presentation on theme: "Studies in the Book of Daniel: Chapter 1: “What’s on the Menu?”"— Presentation transcript:
1 Studies in the Book of Daniel: Chapter 1: “What’s on the Menu?” Forest Hills Bible Chapel8 January 2006
2 The Prophet of Social Justice AmosReturnfromExileBabylonian CaptivityKings of JudahJerusalem & Temple DestroyedJoel?ZephaniahThe Prophet of Social JusticeDanielJeremiahHabakkukObadiah?Ezekiel
3 Daniel 1:1-2In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and he brought the vessels into the treasury of his god.
4 The Prophet of Social Justice AmosReturnfromExileBabylonian CaptivityKings of JudahJerusalem & Temple DestroyedJoel?ZephaniahThe Prophet of Social JusticeDanielJeremiahHabakkukObadiah?Ezekiel
8 Because of its brevity and literary nature, the book of Daniel can be described as: “A Handbook for Life in Captivity.”Daniel 1-6: “Court Tales”Daniel 7-12: “Daniel’s Visions”
9 Some Principles from Daniel 1 The Babylonian Exile of the people of Judah was inevitable, and it was necessary for Daniel and his three friends to accept that – Daniel 1:1-2; cf. also Jeremiah 25:1-14; 29:1-9.Daniel and his friends could participate in Babylonian culture – provided they did not violate the law of God – Daniel 1:3-8.
10 Some Principles from Daniel 1 God was not averse to providing “protection” within the culture for Daniel and his three friends – Daniel 1:9-14.God was faithful to Daniel and his three friends for their obedience – Daniel 1:15-21.
11 ApplicationsThis period from the history of Judah (Daniel; Ezra-Nehemiah; Esther) best mirrors the situation of the church today.Our loyalties are first and foremost to the kingdom of God; second, our loyalties are to the nation in which God has placed us.Simply put, we are Americans (or Romanians, or Mexicans, etc.) second; we are first and foremost citizens of God’s kingdom.We must never uncritically equate any political or cultural entity with the kingdom of God.