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David provided a place at his table for Mephibosheth, the son of his friend Jonathan 2 Samuel 9. This was no cafeteria food like we ate in our college days. The Hebrew captives were given the opportunity to eat gourmet food at every meal. In addition to the schooling Nebuchadnezzar provided for the Hebrew captives, he provided each of them with a new name. Much has been made of both the Hebrew and Babylonian meanings of their names, 23 which will be discussed later.

From our text, we find three of these associations with Babylon posed no problem for Daniel and his friends. What distinguished this one area from the other three? Let us briefly consider each of these four areas and seek to learn why Daniel and his friends distinguished the one area from the other three. No doubt the Hebrew names of Daniel and his friends may have been offensive to the king and other Babylonians. While all their Hebrew names point to the God of Israel, their Babylonian names appear to refer to the heathen gods of Babylon.

Why, then, would the giving of a Babylonian name not be considered defiling? We know that the names we are called are not a matter of our choice, or even our preference. The king not to mention anyone else could call Daniel whatever he wanted. Joseph did not reject this name, nor is there even so much as a hint that God considered the name defiling to Joseph. This was the case with the Lord Jesus Luke Also God changed the names of some individuals.

Think about this in the context of the Book of Daniel. To name someone or something, or to change ones name, is to claim authority over the one named. Adam, who was placed in authority over all the creatures in the garden, including his wife, gave each of them names Genesis , When the commander who was placed over Daniel and the other Hebrews changed their names, he was expressing his authority and thus that of Babylon over them.

As later events in the Book of Daniel will reveal, the king himself will fall before Daniel and acknowledge the power of his God. The renaming of the four Hebrews is therefore shown to be inconsequential, because these men belonged to God and were under His authority and control. We know that the Babylonians were heathens. They did not worship the God of Israel; they worshipped pagan gods.

It is unlikely that the Hebrews would attend a Babylonian school for three years without hearing some things contrary to the scriptures and to the faith of these young men. Was attending a pagan school not a defilement for Daniel? According to our text, neither he nor his friends thought so. Let me suggest several possibilities.

In the first place, the purpose of the Babylonian education was not to brainwash the Hebrew captives, 24 in my opinion, but to teach them to speak, read and write Aramaic, the language of the land. As polytheists, the Babylonians were not threatened by differing religions or other gods. Second, education, even a secular education, is not intrinsically evil. Education is not to brainwash but communicate ideas. The student is not compelled to agree, or to believe what he is taught.

Third, these young men were not highly impressionable children who would unquestioningly accept anything they had been taught. These were well-taught men grounded in the Old Testament scriptures. Daniel is certainly familiar with the prophecy of Jeremiah at least, and probably much more see Daniel They had the Old Testament scriptures as the standard by which to judge all they were being taught, and they evidenced the courage to stand on their own.

Had these four Hebrew youths been required to attend a Babylonian preschool, it might have been a different matter. In his early years, without training in the scriptures, a very young child would tend to believe what his teachers told him. Daniel and his friends were attending a school that was much more like college than kindergarten. The clearest guidance comes from a precedent set in the Old Testament scriptures. The Law of Moses provided Daniel and his friends with the example of two Hebrew youths, both of whom were raised in a foreign land and well-educated in the ways of those who did not believe in the God of Israel—Joseph and Moses.

Moses received a more formal education, about which Stephen reminded his Jewish brethren:. I believe Daniel, gaining from the example of these two godly men, did not consider attending a Babylonian school defiling but rather an act of obedience to the God of Israel. In New Testament times, the Herodians or tax collectors were the object of great disdain by their Jewish peers. Why did Daniel have no difficulty with becoming a part of the government which defeated his own nation and destroyed the temple?

Two reasons are immediately evident. First, the Jews had sinned, the judgment of Judah had been prophesied, and the defeat of Jehoiakim by Nebuchadnezzar was at the hand of God The sovereign God who raises up kings and puts them down see Daniel is the one who gave Judah into the hands of the Babylonians. Take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease.

False prophets had been assuring the people of Judah that divine judgment would not come on Jerusalem and its temple. Jeremiah told his fellow Jews that their stay would be 70 years, so they should settle down in Babylon. Neither Jeremiah nor the Jews of Judah were to pray for the people of Judah because the time for their judgment had come Jeremiah They were, however, to pray for the well-being of the Babylonians. They were also instructed to work for the welfare of that place Jeremiah In seeking the good of Babylon, they were seeking their own welfare. It also benefited the Jews.

Daniel was not defiling himself by his involvement with Nebuchadnezzar or his government. We are not told exactly why Daniel considered this food defiling only that he did consider it defiling, with no doubt in his mind. If a Babylonian job, a Babylonian name, and a Babylonian education were not defiling, a Babylonian beefsteak was. In either instance, or perhaps in both, Daniel saw defilement as a danger to be actively avoided.

Ezekiel, a contemporary of Daniel, spoke of the defilement which the Jews would experience in Babylon due to eating unclean foods:. Behold, I have never been defiled; for from my youth until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by beasts, nor has any unclean meat ever entered my mouth. No doubt Daniel understood that eating unclean food was a part of the divine judgment of Judah. Nevertheless, he purposed in his heart that, if at all possible, he would not defile himself by eating such food. Then you would make me forfeit my head to the king.

Daniel must strive to please God and men. But in chapter 1, there is no civil disobedience.


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Daniel finds a way to be obedient to God without being disobedient to civil authority. How Daniel accomplishes this is a fascinating story!

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Let us trace the events of these verses with the concept of submission in view and learn about the nature and manifestation of biblical submission. Daniel purposed to obey God by keeping himself free from defilement. The text tells us that God intervened causing Ashpenaz to look upon Daniel with favor and compassion verse 9. How easy it would have been for this Babylonian official to demand obedience without explanation. Instead Ashpenaz openly disclosed why permission could not be granted. Ashpenaz greatly feared the king.

From what we read in the following chapters, his fear was well-founded. Nebuchadnezzar was a harsh man whose wrath was to be avoided at all costs. The information the commander gave Daniel was of great value. Daniel understood that his actions would affect his superiors as well as himself. He needed to act in a way to please God and to protect and prosper his superiors.

No one really cared what Daniel ate as long as he prospered, physically and mentally. The goal was peak performance, physically and mentally. Daniel proposed that he and his friends be allowed to eat vegetables for ten days and then their condition compared with the rest. The proposal was accepted. It would seem God divinely intervened not only making the condition of Daniel and his friends markedly superior, but in a very short period of time.

After all, if Daniel and his friends were so obviously superior to the rest, the king would give some of the credit to those in charge of them. Verses are the kind of ending we all enjoy. Chapter 1 ends well, but we know from other texts of scripture that faithfulness to God does not always result in immediate blessing. Here is one of those instances when faithfulness is immediately rewarded. Let us savor the sweet success of Daniel and his three friends as they find favor with God and with men. The personal involvement of Nebuchadnezzar suggests that the tasks he had for those selected included very high level positions in his administration.

They do inform us of this fact: Daniel and his friends were clearly and decidedly superior to all the rest. Seeking to preserve their purity not only brought Daniel and his friends the commendation of God; it also resulted in the commendation of a heathen potentate, who at this moment in time had no regard for the God of Israel.

Here favor with God led to favor with men. The first chapter of Daniel is not just a story told to make us feel good or assure us that whenever we are faithful to God, we will be commended by men. It has many important lessons. As we conclude the study of this chapter, let me summarize some of the lessons we can learn and apply in our lives. The southern kingdom of Judah was instructed to submit to defeat and captivity at the hand of the Babylonians because God had given them over as a judgment for sin see Jeremiah 29, Daniel Six centuries later when Israel was subjected to Roman rule, the same spirit of rebellion would be evident.

This stiff-necked spirit is evident even in those who believed in our Lord:. The same rebellious spirit which resulted in several waves of attack and captivity by Babylon resulted in a devastating attack by Rome in 70 A. Just as Babylon, six centuries before, destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, Rome under the leadership of Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the temple once again. In contrast to this autonomous, self-willed spirit of rebellion against God who gave Jehoiakim and Judah over to Nebuchadnezzar and against Nebuchadnezzar was the submissive spirit of Daniel and his three friends, who faithfully served the kings of Babylon for the years in captivity.

Daniel and his friends were everything Israel should have been but was not. There will be times when we must choose between pleasing God or pleasing men. In such times we must choose to serve God and not men. Though sometimes tempted to forget and even forsake this goal, let us strive to please God and men, the ideal placed before us not only here, but elsewhere:. Now the boy Samuel was growing in stature and in favor both with the Lord and with men 1 Samuel And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him Luke And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men Luke Nebuchadnezzar, Ashpenaz, and the overseer were all true heathens, so far as described in Daniel 1.

They did not care about his personal convictions. Indeed, it probably seemed stupid. Who would turn down a steak dinner? These heathens did notice Daniel and his friends, not because of their faithfulness to God, but because of their submissive spirit, strong bodies, and scholarly minds. They were interested in the bottom line—performance. Nebuchadnezzar first took note of Daniel and his friends because they best met the qualifications he sought. He chose them in spite of their religious scruples more than because of them.

It is little wonder that many Christians have a poor testimony with their employers and co-workers today. Barack Obama. Just remember, when someone has an accent, it means that he knows one more language than you do. Sidney Sheldon. Who knows himself a braggart, let him fear this, for it will come to pass that every braggart shall be found an ass. William Shakespeare. Ray Dalio American billionaire investor and philanthropist. Whenever the world throws rose petals at you, which thrill and seduce the ego, beware.

Anne Lamott. You look like an insufferable egotist. Ayn Rand. Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. Mark Twain Click to tweet. Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change. Frank Lloyd Wright. Shane Parrish. I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.

Carl Jung. A lot of people think that to be a motherfucker is to be a person who is the dominant figure. But I actually think that true motherfuckerhood … really has to do with being humble. Cheryl Strayed. Even when it speaks, humility listens. True humility is when you can surprise yourself more than others; the rest is either shyness or good marketing. Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Something beautiful can happen to people when their world falls apart: humility, nobility and wisdom emerge just when our knees hit the floor. Marianne Williamson. Those who are believed to be most abject and humble are usually the most ambitious and envious.

Baruch Spinoza. There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous. Blaise Pascal. All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. Confidence is important but ego is something false. Humility is the way to build confidence. Frank Shamrock. Realize that you are simultaneously everything and nothing — and decide what you want to be.

Ray Dalio Life principle 1. Humility is the most difficult of all virtues to achieve; nothing dies harder than the desire to think well of oneself. The truth is a trap: you cannot get it without it getting you; you cannot get the truth by capturing it, only by its capturing you. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.

You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Steve Jobs. Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying. Arthur C. The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world. Paul Farmer. Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Kahlil Gibran. Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves. I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Jiddu Krishnamurti. It is the desire for success that prevents humility; and without humility how can there be understanding? Reminding ourselves each day that we will die, helps us treat our time as a gift.

Ryan Holiday Click to tweet. The soft overcomes the hard. The slow overcomes the fast. You are simply you. Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. John Wooden. To be old and wise, you must first have to be young and stupid. Unknown Submitted by the Wisdom Quotes Community.

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I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.

John C. Audacity gets you to shoot for big goals and humility gives you the open-mindedness to take in the best thinking available to you to get you to those goals. Ray Dalio. What if, for starters, instead of constantly trying to prove how much smarter we are than others, we look for the intelligence in what others do. Neil Strauss. Ryan Holiday. The faculty to think objectively is reason; the emotional attitude behind reason is that of humility. Erich Fromm. Dan Harris. My opponent is my teacher. My ego is my enemy.

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Spoil not an act of kindness by speaking of it. No one may pride himself at being more than an individual, and no one despondently think that he is not an individual. Be careful, ever so careful, in trumpeting your own achievements, and always talk less about yourself than about other people. Modesty is generally preferable.

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Robert Greene. We have to allow ourselves to realize that we are complete fools; otherwise, we have nowhere to begin. I think not. Humility is a sign of inner strength and wisdom. Haemin Sunim. Pride is concerned with who is right while humility is concerned with what is right. Ezra Taft Benson. The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk. Marcus Tullius Cicero Click to tweet. If you stay humble, you stay open. If you stay open, you keep learning. If you keep learning, it means you are growing.

Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character. William Arthur Ward. My desire for knowledge is intermittent, but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant.

Henry David Thoreau. Say thank you to everyone you meet today. Rhonda Byrne. Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. Andrew Murray. In essence, you are neither inferior nor superior to anyone. True self-esteem and true humility arise out of that realization. In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are one and the same. Eckhart Tolle. Self-praise is for losers.

Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble. John Madden. The humblest is the greatest. Robin Sharma. Humbleness is a sign of bigness — never weakness. Humility leads to strength and not to weakness. It is the highest form of self-respect to admit mistakes and to make amends for them. John J. Humility and simplicity help us better than anything else to acquire the right frame of mind to grow towards perfection. Abbe de Tourville.

Selflessness is humility. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free. Jeff Wilson. There is something in humility which, strangely enough, exalts the heart, and something in pride which debases it. The first product of self-knowledge is humility. Criss Jami. The challenges we face in life can often be our greatest gifts with the right perspective. Tony Robbins.

Losing is a learning experience. It teaches you humility. It teaches you to work harder. Yogi Berra. Robert T. With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity. Keshavan Nair. Look closely at your life: you have received and continue to receive so much each and every day.

There is really so much to give thanks for! Happiness is the shortcut to anything you want in your life. If you can just manage to feel and be happy now, the rest will come. Travel is fatal to prejudice , bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Mark Twain. To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness. Ursula K. Le Guin. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you, no humility, no compassion. Humility of heart is the first step to salvation. Zac Poonen Click to tweet. Until you have suffered much in your heart, you cannot learn humility. Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica. Any kind of encounter with adversity or limitation, at any age, can serve as the crucible for forging the attitude of fearlessness. The more I see of the world and the more people I meet, the less certain I become about who I am and what sense there is to life.

Keenu Reeves. A humble man is not afraid of failure. In fact, he is not afraid of anything, even himself. Humility and patience are the surest proofs of the increase of love.

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John Wesley Click to tweet. Joyce Meyer. Humility is throwing oneself away in complete concentration on something or someone else. Whoever loves becomes humble. Those who love have , so to speak , pawned a part of their narcissism. Sigmund Freud.


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