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Daniel 1:3-14, 2:46, 3:23-30, 6:23

I read Daniel for the third time yesterday after watching the movie, “The Book of Daniel.”  This movie mostly adheres to Scripture with some minor differences:

Scripture:  A court official was too afraid to grant Daniel’s food and drink request, but a guard agreed.
Movie:  Daniel only talked to the court official.

Scripture:  After Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s statue dream, Nebuchadnezzar “fell prostrate before Daniel…”
Movie:  After hearing the interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar walked toward his throne and sat down.

Scripture:  Royal advisers and others looked for evidence of fire on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and Nebuchadnezzar didn’t mention the word, “fire.”
Movie:  Nebuchadnezzar examined them and said the word, “fire.”

Scripture:  Daniel had to be lifted up out of the lion’s den.
Movie:  King Darius said to Daniel, “Come forth” and Daniel simply walked out.

Daniel and his friends were steadfast in their loyalty to God.  They probably had God-fearing mothers.  If their mothers still lived and found out about their applied love for God, they would have been pleased.



Daniel 8:15-17, Luke 1:8-25, Luke 1:26-38

When I was reading Daniel, I was fascinated that the angel Gabriel talked to him.  I knew Gabriel talked with Mary in the New Testament, and became curious to know who else Gabriel talked to in the Bible.  I found out Gabriel talked with Zechariah, John the Baptist’s dad.  In each encounter, Daniel, Zechariah, and Mary, were all afraid of Gabriel.  Daniel was “terrified,”, Zechariah was “gripped with fear,” and Mary was “greatly troubled.”

In Zechariah’s encounter, he was initially fearful but must have mostly overcome his fear since he was able to ask Gabriel a question.  The problem is that his question, “How can I be sure of this?” annoyed Gabriel.  Gabriel then took away Zechariah’s ability to speak until his son was born.

“Who’s Who in the Bible” says, “The angel Gabriel makes three dramatic appearances in the Bible: to Daniel, to interpret visions of the future for the distraught prophet in Babylon; to Zechariah, the aged priest on duty in the temple, to announce that his wife would give birth to John the Baptist; and to the young virgin Mary, to announce that she would carry the Christ child.  All three appearances are linked to the coming Messiah.  Gabriel is also traditionally considered the angel who will trumpet Christ’s return…”.

If Gabriel’s the one that trumpets Jesus’ return, I suppose there will be a lot of fearful people.  I just hope I don’t say or do anything to annoy him…



Genesis 37:23-24, Genesis 41:15-41, Daniel 6, Daniel 2:24-49

Our kids, Emily and Ethan, heard about Joseph (of the Old Testament) today.  And, not long ago, I finished reading the book of Daniel.  I noticed the two men had interesting similarities.  First, Joseph was thrown into a pit and Daniel was thrown into a den of lions.  Second, Joseph interpreted Pharoah’s dream and Daniel interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream.  Finally, Joseph was put in charge of Egypt and Daniel was put in charge of Babylon.

Since Daniel and Joseph had so much in common, if they had been in the same time period,  in the same setting, I think they could have been friends.  But maybe they’ve already bonded in Heaven…

Daniel 10:12

How active is your prayer life?  Daniel had an awesome prayer life.  In Daniel 10:12, a man in Daniel’s vision said, “…your words were heard, and I have come in response to them…”, which, according to The Reformation Study Bible, means, “The vision and revelation that Daniel received came as a direct response to his prayers.”

Today, my family went to a theater and watched, “War Room.”  It’s a really good movie about the power of prayer.  Don’t underestimate the power of God.  He answers prayers.  He answered Daniel’s prayers and he can answer yours too.



2 Timothy 2:3, Daniel 6:1-28

You probably know the song, “Onward Christian Soldiers.”  Do you feel like you could be considered a Christian soldier?  In 2 Timothy, we’re asked to withstand hardship as a soldier of Jesus.

I think Daniel could have been considered a Christian soldier.  He knew about the king’s decree, but he prayed three times a day to God anyway.  He knew he could be found while praying, resulting in being tossed to the lions.  It wasn’t going to be just one lion that a person might have a chance with.  So, when they found him praying to God, he was thrown to the lions in a den.  Then, as if that wasn’t scary enough, they moved a stone over the entrance, probably making it pitch dark in the den.  Daniel could have heard lion sounds in the dark.

Daniel in the lion’s den is an often-told happy-ending story for Christians, but have we really thought about what he went through?  Imagine going to the zoo.  You decide to look at the lions.  All of a sudden, a group of crazy people decide to throw you in with them.  As lazy as lions often look in zoos, if a person is suddenly in front of them, they would probably spring into action.

Yes, Daniel scores high in Christian bravery.  We’re supposed to as well.  Let’s try to be serious soldiers.



Daniel 1:6-7, 2:17, Daniel 3, 6

Do you love the book of Daniel?  I do.  In chapter three you read about God saving Daniel’s friends, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah (Abednego) from the fire.  And in chapter six, God saved Daniel from the lions.  It’s a fast-paced book.

What troubles are you facing today?  For Daniel, it was lions.  And for Daniel’s friends, it was fire.  God saved them all.  He is the same God today as He was then.  Whatever trouble you face, ask God for help.  He can save you too.


Daniel 1:5-19, 2:1-19, Daniel 5-6

Recently, I finished reading the book of Daniel.  It ended too soon and I came away thinking how daring Daniel was.

One example of “Daring Daniel” was after King Nebuchadnezzar let it be known that certain men would be given a certain amount of food and wine each day.  Daniel told the chief official he didn’t want the royal food and wine but just vegetables and water.  The chief official agreed and all turned out well.

Another example was after King Nebuchadnezzar demanded that his magicians, etc. tell him what he dreamed and its meaning.  When they could not, he ordered the execution of all of the “wise men.”  Then, Daniel talked to the commander of the king’s guard and asked the king for time, which he got.

When King Belshazzar saw the writing on the wall, he ended up telling Daniel that if he could read and interpret it, he would be rewarded.  Daniel responded that he could keep his gifts and give rewards to someone else, but that he would do it.  Daniel delivered and he was rewarded.

Daniel was also an administrator under King Darius.  King Darius was persuaded by advisers, other administrators, etc. to throw anyone who prayed to anyone but King Darius to the lions.  Daniel knew about the decree and prayed anyway.  He was thrown to the lions but God saved him.

Daniel was daring in serving God.  Let’s try to be like that.