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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.



Proverbs 12:26

In our candy container in the kitchen, we had a Fruit Stripe gum package, Milky Way candy bars, etc.  One day, I reached for a Milky Way.  When I opened it and tasted it, it didn’t taste like a Milky Way.  It tasted more like a fruit-flavored taffy.  It didn’t taste good.  The Fruit Stripe gum package had been in the same corner of the candy container as the Milky Way, and so it took on the fruity flavor.

The Fruit Stripe gum was too close to the Milky Way candy bar and ruined it.  Similarly, if people don’t choose their friends wisely, they can change for the worse.  Let’s pick friends carefully.