27 Feb #NEXTPODCAST | EPISODE 10
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But Daniel made up his mind not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king.
He asked the chief official for permission to eat other things instead. Now God had given the chief official great respect for Daniel. But he was alarmed by Daniel’s suggestion. “My lord the king has ordered that you eat this food and wine,” he said. “If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded for neglecting my duties.”
Daniel talked it over with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief official to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. “Test us for ten days on a diet of vegetable and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s rich food. Then you can decide whether or not to let us continue eating our diet.” So the attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days.
At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by their king. So, after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the rich foods and wines.
I want us to consider the way that Daniel responds to the situation placed in front of him.
It is normal culturally to run away from conflict and situations that do not benefit us.
- Daniel understood that his inner man was his to watch over and control. Daniel made up his mind Root word is, ‘labe,’ the pictograph is a shepherds crook / staff. The word represents having full authority over the inner man.
- Daniel understood that his purity was his to watch over and control.
not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king.
This was more than just a “food” decision by Daniel.
This was a statement and a declaration of the intimacy that Daniel had with the Lord.
When we look at the situation it actually seems like a poor decision that he made.
He could have been executed for disobeying the orders of the King.
Daniel was so more focused on the opinion of the Lord than he was of the world.
3. Daniel understood that his protocol was his to watch over and control
He asked the chief
The word means, ‘to request’. It is a picture of humility and request.
Daniel did not demand this, which tells us that he walked in honor and protocol towards PAGAN authority.
Notice, he was in the right, yet still made a request.
Protocol deals with our behavior and actions towards leadership and authority.
The more secure I am in in His love, the more natural surrender and protocol will be for me.
If we put it all together, there are some things that stand out. Daniel was placed into a tough spot.
He made a choice:
-to control his behavior
-live obedient to Scripture
-walk in honor and protocol
-refuse to fight the process
He understood that God was watching over what he had not given Daniel to control.
Regardless of my circumstance, God is in control.
My choices can be made off of the sovereignty of God, not my circumstance.