Help us continue to create Bible study resources by supporting Study and Obey for as little as $1..fusion-button.button-2{width:auto}Support. Will you resolve to remain holy to God in all things? Are you listening? It affected the lives of others! Please use these sermons as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without my expressed, written permission! You should be showing him the positive side. There is also a warning in Proverbs about blindly eating food a king sets before you (23:1-3). 8:28). It covers not merely the matter of wine and beer and brandy, but also pastry and pound-cake and confections. Jeremiah wrote a warning message from the Lord to Jehoiakim. See all outlines Jump-start your sermon prep with thematic outlines covering everything from Genesis to Revelation. The education system was brainwashing people to believe in lies instead of the truth from God. Intro: In the early part of this century, an American ship was wrecked off the Sicily Isles near the coast of England. Application: The Gospel gives us poise and confidence during suffering that can be attractive to non-Christians. We must turn our eyes on the greater Daniel and gaze upon Him (Heb. And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus. There is great pressure to conform and be like everyone else. The life he led indeed reflected his name. Remove them from their own authorities and positive influences. So generally it was a very successful strategy. Moral Heroism . Let’s look at how he handled the situation. Daniel 1:6-7: Names Changed for Reasons of Religion: F. W. Farrar. Make up your mind that no matter how much pressure is put on you, you will never cross that line. It doesn’t seem like they have much of a chance to resist the inevitable, does it? Davies : Daniel 1:3-21: Moral Heroism: H.T. Greg Breazeale is pastor of Metro East Baptist Church, Wichita, Kansas. To violate a conviction would be a sin. Was this an easy decision for Daniel? 29:5-14). See also Jeremiah 25:12. “I quit” should be the last choice, not the first. At the same time, I believe she could benefit from this example of Daniel. But amazingly, doing what seemed like political suicide from man’s perspective actually brought about power and political position. It is based on the Word of God. Even the sufferings that His people experience are simply tools in His loving hand to bring about good. But these qualities do not equal pride. Daniel 1:5-21. But this transformation could not be achieved overnight. He is the one who rules the kingdom of men (Dan. He is lonely. There is also a warning in Proverbs about blindly eating food a king sets before you (23:1-3). Lewis wrote, "He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.". What a powerful statement this is. You are the church, and Lifeway is here to serve you with biblical resources for everything life brings your way. At the same time, I believe she could benefit from this example of Daniel. He proposed a solution that would be acceptable on all sides. Was this an easy decision for Daniel? He had three good friends around him who supported him. This is the situation Daniel and his friends faced. Daniel 1:1-21 CONQUERING COMPROMISE. Their downfall was equally fast. Daniel had a choice. Daniel was willing to give His life. We never stop fighting against sin and temptation, at least in this life. Only God could have done it" (NIVAC). However, that way out may not be the first way that you try. A follower of Jesus makes a good employee. It seems like resistance is futile, but it is not. But there is a positive side too. Daniel lived in a place that had no respect for God. If your boss only sees the negative side, you will not last long in your job. We too are constantly tempted and pressured to give in and be the same as everyone else. That doesn’t mean every time we will get what we want. Daniel resolved. He did refuse to eat the food. Supernatural or natural explanation? The diet, the death sentence and If he and his friends ate the king's food, it would show that Babylon was the source of their strength and stamina. Being bold and truthful and full of integrity often times brings more results long term. We studied the book of Ezra before and that is the story of the return to Jerusalem. She did not try hard to talk with the bosses and pursue a solution that would be acceptable to both sides. The negative is that the Christian employee will not blindly obey everything, even sinful things he his asked to do. He did not object to the schooling he would refuse. Instead she immediately quit. I admire her for her willingness to stand up for what she believes in. On the one side, you have the might and strength of the most powerful empire in the world. We should note that none of them resisted this plan. It is information propaganda, brainwashing. Believers who will make up their minds and resolve in their hearts that they will not do the same sinful thing as those around them. Find Daniel 1 Sermon Illustrations, browse preaching ideas and sermon stories on Daniel 1 I admire her for her willingness to stand up for what she believes in. We see the might and strategies of the Babylonian ruler on one side. We can learn from this that we actually don’t have to do things the world’s way. The spiritual justification – God must have brought me here for a reason. Temptations and sin are on every side. Knowing both languages and cultures they would be perfect bridges between the Babylonian conquerors and the Jewish subjects. Though the geographical location of God's people changed, by being exiled to Babylon, their calling to remain pure and holy did not. Free shipping on books, Bibles, gifts, VBS, and church supplies of $50 or more. But Daniel resolved not to defile himself (x2). She did not try hard to talk with the bosses and pursue a solution that would be acceptable to both sides. And when he is faced with a temptation, he draws a line in his mind, and resolves himself that he will not cross it. The Christian accountant should not be willing to change the numbers. This policy would not have only been applied to these young Jews, but to all captives they hoped to press in to service. Sermon series: Covenant Faithfulness . Feel free to copy, print, or share them. Idolatry Exposed and Judged - 1 & 2 Kings, Judah: A Warned, Judged, and Promised People. Think about what kind of justifications/excuses a person may come up with for eating this food. Taken from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, this sermon seeks to persuade listeners not to waste a single moment more waiting to follow Christ. If they won’t listen to reason, we still do what is right even if that is offensive. But today you have a choice. The way out may not be easy. We see the might and strategies of the Babylonian ruler on one side. We hope your understanding of God’s Word is deeper from them. However, not eating the food meant their source came from elsewhere. Application: What would you do if you were in Daniel’s situation? Are you letting God use you during such times? Discussion Question: Why do you think they looked healthier after only ten days? In Daniel 1 we see an account of the first conquest of Jerusalem. God blessed Daniel and his three friends even more! Find answers to some of the more asked questions. Feel free to copy, print, or share them. Give them good food and tempt them with the riches and power that could be theirs. Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. Not everything is always what it seems. It’s only food. Just as he will not cheat the customer, he will not cheat the company either. Later in this book we will see that Daniel was a very good official for the king and helped the kingdom. Sermons by Topic View. First of all, the world notices when God's people are holy and different. The employee who loves Jesus most may not be a slave of his work and work as much overtime as others. The wedding is now only two weeks away and all the preparations have been made. And they were also to develop the lifestyle and habits. Clear all Search illustrations. We should try to stand firmly on the word of God without offending others. When was the last time you faced peer pressure? We always have a choice. It then blessed the rest of the young men under the care of the steward 2. No pressure can cause you to cross the line. You always have a choice!!!! Both of these things were external and neither was technically forbidden in the Mosaic law. Share: Though the geographical location of God's people changed, by being exiled to Babylon, their calling to remain pure and holy did not. He is far from home. Daniel 1:6-7: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. – Show map. The prophets were ignored, or worse, thrown into prison and cut in two. Wisdom – He proposed a test. Shadrach – From The Lord is gracious to Command of Aku, Meshach – From who is like the Lord to who is what Aku is, Abed-nego – From the Lord is my helper to servant of nebo. Take the young, who are easy to influence. And they are very good socially. Robjohns : Daniel 1:5-21 : Names: Anon. Text: Daniel 1:8 . Watch our overview video on the book of Daniel, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Can you propose a test to compare your solution with another solution? And we’re all in it for the same reason—to fuel the church’s mission of making disciples. Due to his brother's betrayal, he found himself in the foreign and idolatrous nation of Egypt. This occurred in 605 B.C. In fact, even when their names were changed to align with the gods of Babylon, the Hebrew youths never opposed the decision. We are going to see that Daniel also faced powerful forces trying to influence him. The name Daniel means “God is my judge”. The below sermon on Daniel 1 teaches us to resolve not to compromise. Daniel 1 Introduction In 1953 When the Queen was crowned, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland handed a Bible to the new Monarch With these words “This book is the most valuable thing that this world affords. But we must not stop there. This plan was ingenious. We can forget the needs of those around us, even when they are greater than our own. He made up his mind to do what was right without compromise and without offering excuses. It is based on tradition or customs or culture. A disciple should be willing to give up anything for Jesus. While they would speak Judean and understand its culture, the hope was that they would be loyal to Babylon and faithfully serve its king. We should say what his friends would later say in chapter 3, God can save us and we believe He will. These free inductive notes are intended as supplement to your own study, not a replacement. This plan was well thought and well executed and normally must have worked to perfection. There is great pressure to conform and be like everyone else. Perhaps in the past you gave in. But even if he doesn’t, we still won’t do this sin against him. However, Judah did not listen. Keywords. 12:1-3). 39:28). To End All Wars is the true story of a group of Allied prisoners in a Japanese labor camp during World War II. Find Daniel 1:1 Sermon Illustrations, browse preaching ideas and sermon stories on Daniel 1:1 3-Week Series for the New Year Sermon Central Even Daniel wasn’t alone. Later in chapter 3 all of the other officials in the kingdom do bow down and worship the idol Nebuchadnezzar sets up. Dare You to Be a Daniel (1 of 10) by Brad Whitt. He did not object to the schooling he would refuse. No one can make you sin. When all of your colleagues cheat on their taxes, resolve that you will not. Sometimes persecution or trouble will still come. Preaching Today provides pastors and preachers sermon prep help with sermon illustrations, sermons, sermon ideas, and preaching articles. To ensure you receive the best experience on Lifeway.com, we use cookies to process information about your visit. Perhaps in the past you gave in. God’s Word clearly forbid him from eating this food and therefore he resolved not to. Exodus 23:2 says, “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.” So he didn’t. The key to this passage is found in the very first verse: “But Daniel resolved …” The King James Version says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart.” Another translation says he “made up his mind.” Everything else flows from this. If you can change their minds to accept you, then you don’t have to fight them anymore. And consider telling a brother and sister so that they can encourage you. In today’s sermon, I want to place befor… So we see in verse 18-20 that they have an audience with the king. Here are some potential excuses he could have offered: Bitterness toward God – God abandoned me to this foreign country. And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. One compromise would have led to another and would have led to another and Daniel would have been just one more of the flattering, manipulation wise men we will see around the king’s court later in this book. Training for Imperial Office and Work: J.D. Sir Isaac Newton the famous mathematician spent many hours studying this fascinating book. By Brian Pepper. But somehow, they suddenly popped almost out of nowhere to take over much of the known world. We hope your understanding of God’s Word is deeper from them. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. They had great potential. What was his goal? View. Daniel, though in a foreign and strange land, never lost sight of the one true God. The Christian salesman should not be willing to exaggerate how good the product is. When the world wants us to wrong too often we simply just give up and do it or flaunt it in their face. So now I have no choice.” There is an old English saying, “When you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Can anyone recite 1 Corinthians 10:13? He did not even object to his name change. See Isaiah 39:6-7. So notice where Daniel draws his line in the sand. This tells us two things. We too live in a society like this. We too live in a society like this. Your family. – Show timeline. Your community. For decades prophets had been warning Judah that God was going to punish her for her gross sins and rebellion against the Lord. What use would the king have for captives who wouldn’t obey? But today you have a choice. We learn that they were physically and mentally the cream of the crop. It is clear that the goal was to wipe out their religious identity and convert them to worship of Babylonian gods. This makes sense because we know Daniel lived at least 75 or so years after this. Over 50,000 words of in depth discovery questions, teaching points, and applications cover each chapter in 23 lessons. He could have said, “God, I tried. What seemed likely to kill their careers, jumpstarted them. Even while in exile, God expected the people of Israel to be His set-apart nation (Jer. He was forsaken to bring us in, and abandoned so God might welcome us. Think about what kind of justifications/excuses a person may come up with for eating this food. Tremper Longman III argues that Daniel refrained from the king's food to show the real source of his strength. He was commanded to eat this food. Will you run to Him? There were temptations all around him. By Rev Charles Seet. If I don’t fit in, I will never have the position or the chance. Life is a series of choices. In Leviticus 11:4-20 there is a list of foods which were unlawful for Jews to eat. Some of the best and brightest noble youth were taken. Thematic outlines. There was great pressure to conform to society and be like everyone else. Today my message for you is simple. He died there at the age of 85. He understood that no amount of material possessions and blessings (like the king's delicacies) could sustain and secure him. Jeremiah 36:29. In order to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s behavior correctly, we need to understand the link between the physical image that Nebuchadnezzar built and the image he saw in his dream in Daniel 2:1-49. You've got your Bibles tonight. Application: This is how we must understand our suffering. He knew how the world works. I am sure he knew that the potential consequence of disobedience is death. He burned it. Why would he refuse? Sure, this will not “work” every time. You will receive our practical and in-depth Bible study of Hebrews in .epub and .pdf versions delivered to your inbox. It seems like resistance is futile, but it is not. We want to help you study the Bible, obey the Bible, and teach the Bible to others. We will see from Daniel how to face these pressures and live as a light in a dark place. Here are some potential excuses he could have offered: What would you do if you were in Daniel’s situation? I'm so glad you're here for the beginning of our new message series, Thrive. It may cost you a relationship. Belteshazzar –From God is my judge to Bel, protect the king. Free Sermon Illustrations for Preaching : In Sermon Illustrations: "Daniel" showing 1-20 of 363 Filter Results Daniel was probably 16 years old when he was taken captive to Babylonia. He did refuse to eat the food. He was bold and assertive. When one war ends, another rises to take its place. 8). If I don’t eat it, they will kill me. It is geared towards results. Preached at / Published Life BPC 10:45am service, 2012-09-02. And when he is faced with a temptation, he draws a line in his mind, and resolves himself that he will not cross it. The below sermon on Daniel 1 teaches us to resolve not to compromise. Sermon Illustrations provides sermon illustrations, sermons, eulogies, funeral helps, and counseling aids for ministers. Daniel 1 | Search Results | Sermon and Worship Resources This Week In Leviticus 11:4-20 there is a list of foods which were unlawful for Jews to eat. God can and wants to use us for His glory and the good of those around us in our suffering. From a worldly perspective (your bosses’ perspective), a Christian employee has both some negative and positive sides. Even in the face of overwhelming pressure, he stood on the truth and wouldn’t budge. These free inductive notes are intended as supplement to your own study, not a replacement. Why do you think they looked healthier after only ten days? Please see below for details. The worldly around us tries to squeeze us into its mold just as it did with Daniel. And the king was very impressed by their wisdom and understanding.. 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