Daniel | Day One
By: Chelsea Vaughn
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As you study this book, ask the Holy Spirit to speak truth and revelation to you. There is incredible depth that we can’t reach on our own.
However, as we discover together what this book is about, we’ll see that Daniel was a man who laid his life down to be used by God. He was a representation of faith, risky obedience, and spiritual revelation. In this book, we’ll get to see and study how God used him miraculously to show the people of this time His relentless pursuit.
Read Daniel 1:1-16.
“But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank.” [Verse 8]
The first thing we notice about Daniel is his fierce obedience to the authority of God. He fearlessly leads his friends in boycotting the luxurious food and drink given by the king. The word doesn’t give any indication that they doubted their choice to trust God’s ability to nourish them supernaturally. We will soon discover that God had miraculous plans to use Daniel, and this first move of faith was only the beginning of his witness.
The very next verse reads:
“God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the eunuchs, and the chief of the eunuchs…” v. 9
Daniel did not winsomely earn the favor and compassion of these guards. Their stoic nature couldn’t be swayed by man. The eunuchs were set in place by the king of Judah, and their responsibility was no joke. Plus, the result of disobedience for either party was immediate death. It is no question that is was only by the will of God that Daniel was granted courage and favor.
How do you define obedience?
When is disobedience permissible?
Who is our ultimate authority?
What does that tell us about obedience on Earth?
How do we evaluate what is considered righteous and just?
What qualities were sought after in the men gathered for the king's court?
Why did the king want these men in his court to be well fed and trained?
Read 1 Peter 2:16. What does it mean to “live as people who are free”?
What can you learn from Daniel and his friends? How can you apply it to your own life?
These initial verses leave us with questions and curiosity. We’ve yet to learn what will happen now that they’ve been proven healthier and stronger than the other men. We’re still uncertain what kind of service they’ll be assigned to, or even if their faith will remain as strong as it appears. However, these verses also beautifully demonstrate what kind of story we have just entered. We are about to discover what it looks like to be obedient to God with honor and grace, even in a hostile environment.