Because many of those meats provided for the king's table, were forbidden by the Jewish law2. Hence he was unwilling to cast himself into the snares of the devil, while he voluntarily abstained from the royal diet. No matter what dilemmas surround him, he is always the judicious, the well-balanced, the equipoised man. Neither was he like early fruit, that are soon rotten - Hermogenes was old in his childhood, and a child in his old age - but although he lived one hundred and ten years, as Isidor (c) reckoneth, some say one hundred and thirty, yet he was best at last, and may very well pass for a martyr, though he came again safe out of the lions’ den, like as John the evangelist also did out of the cauldron of scalding oil, wherein he was cast by the command of Domitian, in contempt of Christianity. There is no surer approach to the citadel of man’s moral nature than by the gateway of vanity and with the instruments of flattery, especially of the agents be the rich and great. But we see, above all other truths, how God exalts his servants. THERE ARE RIGHT METHODS OF RESISTING TEMPTATION. The crisis of destiny was reached and passed by the prodigal son when he said, “I will arise and go to my father.” If there is anything on earth that requires heroic purpose it is to humiliate oneself by the acknowledgment of wrong-doing. Balaam prophesied of the children of Israel that they should dwell as a people alone, and should not be reckoned among the nations. If the pure in heart see God, surely the pure in body are fitted to be the organs of the Spirit, are free to obey his voice, and more quick to hear what he says. What foolish abstinence was such a sobriety! To bow the knee and humbly cry “Peccavi” is the hardest thing that ever mortal undertook, and it requires the courage of a Daniel to do it. IV. 3. Fidelity to principle, or, what is the same thing, fidelity to the laws of God, may bring even temporal rewards. (1.) The thing we call conscience whispered, “You cannot, you must not!” and the hero within answered “I will not!” Can you find a grander, exhibition of moral courage in all history? King James Version (KJV). [Note: Ironside, p21.]. What value could they have set on the esteem or admiration of those who did not fear the Lord! John the Baptist had locusts and wild honey for his food when he prepared the way of the Lord; and, while Jesus came eating and drinking, we must remember that his ineffable purity left him free to use what we easily abuse. “Thou shalt serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart,” the Lord repeats to His children. III. If we parents wish to be absolutely sure of the course our sons will take, when the time comes to send them forth into the world to fight life’s battle for themselves, let us be sure that they go out from us rooted and grounded in the truth, and established in the faith of God and his Christ. There would in all probability have been no scruples whatever on the part of the four young men against eating meat, except for the great likelihood of any meats which the king would have provided for them having been sacrificed to idols, or, at any rate, not kosher. And the soul stands above evil as the hero stands looking down upon the serpent, knowing that even the heel can crush the serpent’s head. It was sacred; there was in it a Divine meaning. And then again, there is honour from good men. God hath given us all things richly to enjoy, and amusement has its place and use. Daniel Chapter 8. Daniel and his three companions, who are mentioned in this and the third chapter, were on this principle taken back to Babylon. Props needed for Drama:5 copies of “Donut Drama” (at end of lesson), trash can, clean trash can liner, half-eaten donu… Happy and holy liberty of grace, glorious privilege with which the Spirit of adoption enriches the believer, through communion with his Saviour! It is interesting to note that Daniel received favor from the authorities whom he petitioned to allow a diet which did not violate their consciences. John the Baptist and Jesus were young men when they began their ministry, Jesus himself being a mere child of twelve years when he first undertook his Father’s business. Remember the case of Moses. It begins by dragging into the decision of moral questions something beside moral considerations. (Daniel 11:32.) But we see the mighty hand of God in guiding the king to place him among the chosen youths, in permitting him to live unlike the rest, in giving him favour with his master and skill in his studies, in causing him to be selected for wisdom and exalted to the chief place in the gates. He who believes the doctrines of grace is the man who can suffer. The intellect is a nerve toward the kingdom of truth. Daniel saw his people lie under God’s displeasure by their captivity, and therefore could not but be sensible how unsuitable a courtly life would be in him to the afflicted state of God’s people, Hebrews 11:24-26. That is the greatest thing in the world--a heart that purposes always to serve God. Conscience and God are the same in Paris or Constantinople, as in your New England or Scottish homes. All the forces of that vast nation waited to fulfil his bidding, whose word was law. But this ancestral element is fixed and unchanging. We can add to these multitudes of cases more from the annals of the Christian church, and we have memorials around us to this day, all proving that through piety is the pathway to honour. “So did not I because of the fear of God,” is a motto which will require from many of you here abstinence from many things which it might be much easier to accept. This were an insult past forgiveness. There was the temptation of isolation. My brother, if your life is to be a true harmony and no longer false, if it is to be conformed not to the law of sin and death but to the law of God, you must have such purpose in your heart as Daniel’s, and let it rule you. They pass through Syria, the old hereditary enemy of Israel, but whose power is now broken as it had broken before the power of Israel. And sin begins to-day exactly as it began then. Additional instances of the honour which is attached to true piety have been preserved to us in the sacred records. In the first of these scenes we see the holy character of the prophet presumed, and in the second we observe it bearing its ripe fruit. These Hebrew young men, of now sixteen or twenty, mere found ten times better than their best. Thus Daniel, a young Hebrew of probably about seventeen years, had been treated--carried from captured Jerusalem to triumphant Babylon (Daniel 1:3-7); and there was appointed Daniel and his captive companions a daily provision of the king’s meat and of the wine which he drank. But education is not everything. The resolution personal to himself became the resolution of others. “The double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Another interesting trait of character presented to us here is that while Daniel had formed this settled purpose in his heart, he adopted the most prudent measures to accomplish the object he had in view. Men are beginning to realise the wide opportunity for serving God afforded by a political calling. It is a mistake to conclude, as it has been hastily concluded, that genuine and decided piety is the parent of privation and disgrace in the world. (verse 15.) And such action, conformable with purpose, makes purpose purpose, and rescues it from being but a poor and sickly sentiment. "The command of the king, that the young men should be fed with the food and wine from the king"s table, was to Daniel and his friends a test of their fidelity to the Lord and to His law, like that to which Joseph was subjected in Egypt, corresponding to the circumstances in which he was placed, of his fidelity to God (Gen. xxxix7 f.). had far rather hear of thoughtless old age, when a man has done his work but what excuse can be found for a thoughtless youth? Return to the Main Player. Do not any of you be afraid of the consequences of being faithful to God. And he who trusts Christ his Saviour, and lives close to God’s heart, has a chamber of peace in the very thick of life’s storm. I. In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto … He “purposed in his heart”--not with the stubbornness of self-will, but with the resolution of deep conviction. Because meats which the Divine legislation declared unclean were to be found even upon a king’s table, they were not beyond the jurisdiction of a Divine law for a Hebrew. In exchange for a little painting and repair work on the man's hunting lodge, he could spend the rest of … ; and the subsequent life of Daniel was according to the hand of this purpose he then laid upon his life’s helm. 'dare to be a daniel' should be told again and again to the youths in today's generation. He was a captive, and was therefore under the authority of his captor. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your [] food and drink. Daniel 1:8 - La Biblia de las Americas. Evil can stand in the street, under the soul’s windows. A harsher treatment might have driven their thoughts homeward, and made them cling with secret tenacity to their ancestral faith. (Psalms 119:32.) And I grant you at once that it is not easy to keep straight and do the right thing and bear the right testimony always in the right way. In this early and brief fragment of his life, he settled the future of his professional career as a prophet of the living God. Any one of these five reasons had been of force enough to prevail with Daniel, and the other three to forbear. I. For Daniel to feel that to do this was right and that to do that was wrong was for him to feel that the Divine voice was speaking to him in terms of command or of prohibition. But the captives’ lot was made soft and pleasant to them; they experienced nothing save kindness at the court of Nebuchadnezzar. It stretched out over an area of two hundred square reties, and the whole territory was enclosed within vast walls, one hundred feet higher than Bunker Hill Monument, and along their summit ran a vast terrace which admitted of the turning of chariots with four horses, and which may, therefore, well have been more than eighty feet broad.” As one approached the city from a distance, these walls extended along the horizon like lines of towering hills. It is necessary to take notice, how from his childhood he was, governed by the Spirit of God, that the confidence and influence of his teaching might be the greater; hence he speaks peculiarly of himself, not for the sake of boasting, but to obtain confidence in his teaching, and to show himself to have been for a long period formed and polished by God for the prophetic office. No, it was not inconsiderately that Daniel advanced to the combat, and it was no longer in his own strength. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. We have a similar illustration in the story of Joseph. Sign In. We know of no way that Nebuchadnezzar's wine would not have been kosher. the only way we can advance in the truth is by maintaining a good conscience [cf. No doubt much of this was due to the idea of the State. Moses and Joshua were comparatively young men for the age in which they lived; David and Solomon were young men when they were called to assume the greatest responsibilities. Yield everything that may be yielded; give up mere personal whims and oddities; but as for the things of God, stand as firm as a rock about them. .q According to Daniel 1:8, Whom did Daniel ask about not eating his portion of the king's food? But the most pleasing aspect of the personality of Daniel was his humility. Prayer. Dan 2:48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise [men] of Babylon. Nor with the wine which he drank - As being contrary to his principles, and perilous to his morals and happiness. But we can imagine the mental struggle that he found himself facing. 1. Let your hand, therefore, go forth and overturn, as Daniel’s did, the cup which sin presents. Education counts for something, and any young man is a fool who in such an age as ours neglects to avail himself of the splendid equipment which may so easily be his. the only way we can advance in the truth is by maintaining a good conscience [cf. Incorruptible in duty, blameless in life. The root, for example, is related to its environment in the soil. Misunderstanding, we have coined a proverb, “Among Romans do as Romans do.” If this proverb asks a youth to be divinely good if he is with the angels, it bids him become a demon if his companions happen to be devils. It was God’s grace. 3. He was in very peculiar circumstances--a captive, and of the king a special protege. as many a youth in a place of business has consented to act against his own conscience at the command of his employer. (2 pt).a The king's delicacies and his wine. God helped them. (8) Daniel purposed in his heart.—He was cautious from the first. The battlefield was a small one, but it was not little to him. The bad times in which he lived only brought out more clearly the purpose in his heart not to forget his God. Did Daniel lose any good thing by his firm adherence to principle? Now that is the way that a considerable number of current Christians are settling current questions. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor t and compassion u to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your c food and drink. Evil can display bribes, offer gifts, hold out a cup brimming with sorcery and sing the siren’s song. To be patient is sometimes the most eloquent symptom possible of ethical insipidity. This is; the full meaning; of the passage. And yet we were made to be a harmony too, only giving back sweeter music to the Creator. ), A magnificent man was Daniel. Let me say that stimulants are the snare and not the friends of the intellect. 1. I am foolish, fickle, cowardly; this is no example for me.” Honestly ask yourself, What is the good of preaching, of the life and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, what is the good of God Himself, unless somehow or other there can come into us a right will? Pearse.). You, may be tried by the hostility of others, on whom by kindred or by civil position you are dependent--parents, guardians, masters, who hate your religion, and who hate what they conceive to be the results of it; attempting, therefore, in the ungenerous malice of domestic and social persecution, to rend you from your faith and your hope. He who takes defiling food and drinks as a cure for his ailments, will have an increase of ailments for which to take the defiling portions. Believe me, it is the highest wisdom, the noblest policy. It is easy for Him to “illumine what in yon is dark.” It is an old saying, that to pray earnestly is to study well. Daniel was a young man, and he did think. This book of daniel shd be a mst read to our politician to tel them dt even as a politician, u cn decide nt to defile urself jst d way daniel did as a politician in hs own time..... WELL DANIEL DETERMINED NOT TO DEFILE HIMSELF BASE ON HOW HE SAW HIMSELF IN GOD SIGHT. Every man must study, as Daniel did, the relation of things indifferent in themselves to his own life. 3. The contrast to their former manner of life was most marked, and it is easy to see that in mingling in the worldliness they have arrived at a most critical point in their lives. Peace that passeth understanding, from that hour, kept his mind night and day, and he “felt like singing all the time.” It was easy for him then to work, for he had a rest remaining for him above; and even in the midst of his toils he was as happy as man can be on earth. But heathen religious were quite different from this, and the royal chamberlain, though willing to humour his favourite, made no pretence to understand him. What dishes were such herbs! However, it was customary for ancient writers to speak in the third person even when writing about themselves. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the youths that eat the king's dainties; and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.". Such a record as was made by this man is perhaps without a parallel in all the history of the human race. Cut that nerve of relation, and he dies for want of succour. It is merely saying that our only security lies in having so energetic a moral sense that right, when once we have decided where it lies, is felt by us to be tremendously right, and wrong felt by us to be devilishly wrong. He did not choose the pulse because he liked it; no doubt it would have been more agreeable to him to share in those royal luxuries which were his for the taking. Let him share their fare for awhile. Hesitant virtue, cowardly integrity, is iniquity’s auxiliary. Now most men would have yielded, as most men in similar circumstances do yield, to the influences thus brought to bear on these four youths; they would have been so enamoured of the king’s favour and the luxury of their new position that they would have been only too glad to have accepted it and thought themselves exceedingly well off. “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.” Because Daniel could not go all the way that those about him wanted him to he would go all the more gladly where he could. Evidently Daniel took the initiative with this decision, and his three friends followed his lead. 1. There are some persons who will suit themselves to all society and all places; appear to be pious in one company and profane in another; attend the worship of God at home and neglect it when abroad, or just conform to the custom of the place where they may be. He must learn to stop an instant and steady himself before he fires. They did not ask for pulse when at an inn, or on their journey; but they began to desire it when the king wished to infect them with his delicacies, and to induce them if possible to prefer that condition to returning to their own friends. The test never can be applied to one who has what the Scriptures emphatically term “the root of the matter in him,” without the test being found adapted to produce, and actually producing upon character results of the most salutary and beneficial order. Daniel was satisfied to eat the plain food to which he bad been accustomed at home. Dr. Pusey remarks: “Simple words, but what a volume of tried faithfulness is unrolled by them!” Amid all the intrigues indigenous at all times in dynasties of Oriental despotism, amid all the envy towards a foreign captive in high office as a king’s councillor, amid all the trouble incidental to the insanity of the King and the murder of two of his successors, in that whole critical period for his people, Daniel continued. ... verse 1 verse 2 verse 3 verse 4 verse 5 verse 6 verse 7 verse 8 verse 9 verse 10 verse 11 verse 12 verse 13 verse 14 verse 15 verse 16 verse 17 verse 18 verse 19 verse 20 verse 21. But amidst these artful and cruel appliances, appealing alike to their vanity, to their sensuality, to their interests and to their fears, the piety of the heart stood firm; it steadfastly resisted, and it triumphantly overcame. Such an example is here proposed to us in Daniel, who not only rejected the delicacies of the palace, by which he might be intoxicated and even poisoned; but he also advised and persuaded his companions to adopt the same course. Daniel speaks no less forcibly to the young people of to-day, for they are in danger of spending too much thought and money on artificial wants. Over the gate of one of the colleges at Oxford is the motto, “The Lord is my Light.” Luther said, “To pray well is to study well.” The mind that is unclogged by rich food and wine is strong to grapple with hard problems. It leads to acquaintance with self and all other beings; it augments hatred of sin, it exercises patience, it strengthens faith, it quickens action, it encourages prayer, it promotes dependence and reliance upon God. It didn't matter that he was in a foreign place, Daniel made the choice to stand for the Lord God Almighty and keep the ways that pleased the Lord by not partaking of the idoloters' ways. This seems to be a kind of superstition, or at least Daniel may have been too morose in rejecting the king’s diet. If you do not know, I am going to tell you, and it will be by facts. It is too late to make a good resolution not to fall after you have fallen, The time to purpose in one’s heart not to defile oneself is before the defilement has been produced; when you are sitting at your own fireside in your own room, or on your knees, there and then is the time. His distinguished consideration for the Hebrew captive children, shows that he was a seeker of wisdom, of guidance, could any man show it him. HIS EARLY DECISION. Because it was often such as was forbidden by the law of God (Leviticus 11:1-47.; Deuteronomy 14:1-29.). These young men faced a situation common to every modern Christian youth. The blessing of wicked deities, lying vanities, was invoked upon the grain and the grape which the bounty of God had ripened; and to partake of food so contaminated was to the Jew like eating and drinking a lie and a curse. This practice, generally prevailing, might make Daniel and his friends look upon the provisions coming from the king’s table as no better than meats offered to idols, and therefore to be accounted unclean, or polluted: see the margin. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, That he would not defile himself with the portion of the king‘s meat -, Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself -, HERE ARE RIGHT METHODS OF RESISTING TEMPTATION, HERE ARE CERTAIN POINTS WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE PROVED BY EXPERIENCE, THE ASPECT IN WHICH DANIEL THINKS AND SPEAKS OF WRONG, OF WHAT TO HIM AND HIS CONSCIENCE WOULD BE SIN, OW WAS IT THAT DANIEL ACCOMPLISHED HIS SUCCESS, HE TEMPTATION TO WHICH THEY WERE SUBJECTED, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF, HE ROOT OF THE TRIUMPHANT LIFE IS HOLY PURPOSE, THAT A GENUINELY HOLY PURPOSE PROMPTS ALWAYS TO ACTION CONFORMABLE WITH ITSELF, THAT HE WAS RENOWNED FOR KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM ABOVE ALL THE WISE MEN OF BABYLON, AND A SINCERE WORSHIPPER OF THE ONE TRUE AND LIVING, THAT HE DARED TO DECLARE THE TRUTH TO THOSE PRINCES TO WHOM HE DELIVERED IT, HOWEVER MORTIFYING AND DISAGREEABLE TO THEM. It would seem from this, that he represented to the prince of the eunuchs the real danger which he apprehended, or the real cause why he wished to abstain - that he would regard the use of these viands as contrary to the habits which he had formed, as a violation of the principles of his religion; and as, in his circumstances, wrong as well as perilous. Humility, amiableness, diligence, integrity, purity, benevolence--these are to men, under God, elements which; employed in the common affairs of life, constitute them the architects of their own fortunes. They cannot find, at present, a place large enough for the discharge of their duties. Being responsible for this group of young people I was forced to make a quick decision. It is easier for some than for others not to go astray. Daniel saw that no way could risk be avoided. 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