We create idols because we really don’t know what to do with God in the first place. We don’t know how to “fit” him into our lifestyle. It’s sort of like receiving an awkward gift, you try to make it fit in, you try to figure out where to place it in your home, but no matter what you can’t make the thing work. It just doesn’t fit in, so you take it back and find a replacement, you replace the gift with something else that makes you happy.
She knew this would hurt her, so she used this vice to get even. What she didn’t know is that the pain she was causing Hannah is what catapulted her to receiving Gods blessings.
Picture a whirlwind of epic proportions causing a funnel cloud, practically the size of the earth blowing away the debris.
God gave king Neb the ability to completely dominate the entire earth, he had full rights to the earth to rule it however he wanted.
Daniel gives God a new name, he calls him “he that revealeth secrets”.
Here is the thing. Eating from the kings table represents embracing a pagan culture. It shows they are embracing a lifestyle that does not line up with a lifestyle of one chosen by God. God told them food is what will separate them from other cultures.
The priority to indoctrinate these men was to first change their names.
Isaac Newton once said, “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” That is what Daniel did here. When you are face to face with an executioner who is required to arrest you, you do not want to make him your enemy.
Babylon surrounded Jerusalem with armed forces with the goal to capture and to force them to surrender.
I want to ask you, are you disciplining other people so they understand the teachings of Jesus?