Scripture Study Reference: Daniel 1:1-21, 2:46-49, 3:1-30 (Suggested Reading: Daniel 1-12)
An Abbreviated Character Study: Daniel and his friends during captivity
Low Place: Daniel 1:3-7; 3:8-23 (emphasis on these verses)
– Some of the children of Israel were taken into captivity.
– The young captives were exposed to the foreign teachings and literature of the Chaldeans.
– The young men were expected to partake of the king’s delicacies and wine.
– The young captives were inundated with three years worth of training.
– The young men were set on a course for servitude to a Babylonian king.
– The young men were stripped of their Hebrew names and given names selected for them by their captors.
– Plotting and scheming were directed toward the young Jewish captives.
– The young men faced a king’s rage and fury, and as a result, they were sentenced to be thrown into a burning, fiery furnace.
– The young captives were bound and cast into the midst of the furnace.
Study Tip: Notice the significance of each act, occurrence, and circumstance after such time that Daniel and his friends were taken captive. Try to see the God-connect. Reflect on why the event was, is, or might be so noteworthy.
– Daniel and his friends had been reared in such a way that they knew of the Most High God. (Spiritual Fitness Challenge: Research the teachings and instructions that were provided to young Jewish males in ancient times. Additionally, go back and revisit Deuteronomy 6, highlighting each resonating point that pertains to instruction and teaching.)
– Daniel and his friends were gifted in all wisdom, they possessed knowledge, and they were quick to understand. (Spiritual Enrichment Exercise: Deeply reflect upon and consider why it might be important for students of the Word to know that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were gifted in ALL wisdom, possessed knowledge and were quick to understand?)
– Daniel and his friends were armed with information about their captives and the history of those people.
– Daniel and his friends were specifically selected to go into service before the king.
– Daniel and his young friends indicated their dietary preferences/practices and were allowed not to defile themselves.
– Goodwill and favor were shown to Daniel and his friends by the chief eunuch.
– God gave Daniel and his friends knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; He also gave Daniel the understanding in all visions and dreams.
– King Nebuchadnezzar fell before Daniel and acknowledged God as the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets.
– The king promoted Daniel and his friends to positions of importance within his realm.
– Daniel’s friends were brought before the king and his court and granted an opportunity to testify about God and their beliefs.
– Daniel’s friends were divinely saved (by God) from a fiery death. (Spiritual Enrichment Exercise: Read Daniel 3:29. Pray to God about your takeaway.)
Praise Opportunity (the place where grateful homage could have been rendered to God): Go through the verses as well as the listed significant acts and, in your own words, write down each moment that a praise belongs.
Praise Proof (tested and approved): Personalize this message. Relate what you have discovered to your life. (Example: If God has allowed you to face a “foreign” or ungodly enemy and yet prosper, where might your praise go up? If the LORD has granted you knowledge and understanding in an area that was so far removed from what you knew but that benefited Him and made Him known to others, where might your praise go up? If God has given you an opportunity to proclaim His greatness and His Kingdom works, where might your praise go up?)
What is the overall lesson that you learned from this study?