Lessons to be Learned from the Book of Daniel

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Daniel was a prophet and also the author of the Old Testament book of Daniel. The time period in which this book took place was between 560 to 530 B.C. (Smith). Daniel was a servant to King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar told Daniel to only worship the god of Nebuchadnezzar’s choosing and that Daniel could only eat certain foods. Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refused to listen to the king. This choice resulted in all four of them being thrown into the burning flames of a furnace. They survived because of their faith in God and God saved them from death in the flames. Daniel also showed his faith in God when he faced the lions in the lion’s den. Daniel was told not to worship his God but he did anyways so he was thrown into the lion’s den. Daniel knew God was faithful and he had faith God would be there for him. Daniel also received visions from God about the coming Messiah and the end times. This is when Daniel’s prophecies began.
The major theme of Daniel is that God is sovereign and He is always triumphant (“Book of Daniel”). God shows that He is triumphant when he saves Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego from the burning furnace and when He saves Daniel from the lions. Daniel had faith in God and God was faithful to Daniel.
Daniel’s name means “God is my judge” (Blank). Daniel was born in Jerusalem during the reign of king Josiah. “Daniel appears to have been of royal blood and from the kingdom of Judah” (Freeman 272). Daniel was taken captive by the Babylonians when he was just a teenager.
The account of Daniel’s life really begins when he has to stand up for his beliefs. He refused to eat the food the king told him to eat because he knew it was ...

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...el had faith and God delivered him from his circumstance. This has taught me that He will help deliver me from my hard circumstances if I just have faith in Him. The next thing I learned was that I need to stand up for my faith. Daniel was not ashamed to pray to God even though he knew the consequences. I should not be afraid of what the consequences are because persecution comes with being a Christian. I need to stand up for God. The final thing I learned was to not be of the world. King Nebuchadnezzar wanted Daniel to worship an image of gold. Daniel refused because the only person or thing you should worship is God. I should not worship things of the world like King Nebuchadnezzar but rather worship God like Daniel did. Daniel is a good person to model regarding your trust and faith in God and also standing up for your Savior and not being of the world.

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