Daniel 2: 1 – 9
Babylon is an unfair system! It gives from the realm of possibility but expects impossibilities in return. Babylon nurtures so that he could kill and siphon every virtue out of his subjects. This is the exact opposite of what GOD desires for His people.
The world is an entitled system as it lures people in so as to get from them what they cannot offer even after all the ‘investments’ it must have made on them. It is not doing this because they can but because he wants to justify their destruction by his hands. And rightfully, he would be justified unless GOD’s mercy through the death of CHRIST prevailed.
The reason behind the devil’s nurturing is for the purpose of serving him but the ultimate reason is so that he could be justified in their destruction so he dulled their senses and fill them with all shades of lies till they could not longer be able to believe in the salvation through the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Every magician, wise men and soothsayers could not solve the problem that the king of Egypt put before them because the same king has dulled their senses to connect with the realm of GOD where answers are in abundance. The irony behind all these is that GOD used this impossible scenario to establish his own people because he rules in the affairs of all men. So no matter what the devil does through men, GOD is not bothered because it would further intensify His Glory and the devil never stops . . .
Daniel 1: 15 – 21
It is contradictory to realize that what Babylon offered so that it could make Daniel and his friends worthy to stand before kings was not the things that qualified them. The hard truth is that Babylon is no one’s friend – it caters for itself and nothing more! The choicest wine and food was to make the eaters and drunkards dull in spirit and loose focus of what is true and acceptable.
The choicest wine and food was not to make them understood the language and ways of Babylon, it was not meant to make them accept the ways of Babylon as the only way. Because Daniel chose the ways of the LORD, he knew the Way of the LORD by acceptance and understood the ways of Babylon enough to reject it and protect himself from belongs swayed by it in the possible future.
GOD granted them understanding even though they did not accept the culture of Babylon. They received understanding and power needed to navigate their way through the tide instead of allowing it to take them to the destination GOD detests.
In reality, the wave of the world started from GOD just as the devil was with GOD before the beginning of the world. The devil started this wave when he tricked Adam through Eve and since then, the wave is moving farther and farther away from GOD till it ultimately ends in death. To move smoothly (never without opposition) through this wave back to GOD, our strength must be sourced from the word of GOD that is our unchanging Law!
Daniel 1: 9 – 14
Even though personal decisions have been made based on our convictions in the Law of GOD, we must put everyone around us at rest, especially those who the custodians of Babylon have assigned to us. They must report to the and the report must be a good one to save them from cruelty and unnecessary complications even though we cannot afford to flow with the tide of the world.
This is the time to prove GOD before these people not for the purpose of leaving us alone but for the purpose of making them believe that our trust is not in a dead GOD. This is where works is important after our profession of faith in GOD and His Laws.
Our proposition must never be out of a competitive heart but from a heart that does not want to be marred and changed by the world. This proposition must come from a heart that wants to be fit always in order to be able to serve in GOD’s court and in the epicentre of GOD’s agenda but operating from the courts of men.
The proposition is futile if it does not prove the basis of our decision. So as we decide by faith, our proposition must be by the same faith and it must be kept even till the end. The result of this proposition must relieve us of any complications (not persecution) otherwise, we must either succumb to or weather through the storm of complications and persecutions from the onset. Sadly, this is what is happening to most believers in this wilderness called world.
We must take note that Daniel and his friends did not lay emphasis on the food they decided not to eat and even if they did, it was merely vegetables and water. This goes beyond to say it all about Babylon and Jerusalem (Zion) and not the food.
Daniel 1: 3 – 8
Just like JESUS, Daniel would not let the hunger for food and exotics take him away from GOD. Daniel was captured from Jerusalem and taken to Babylon just as we are born into this world but GOD desires that we triumph over this world of sin by righteousness. And this was what Daniel kept in his heart from his time in Babylon till his dying days.
Babylon is not without its wisdom and cleverness but the Spirit of GOD in us is the embodiment of GOD’s Wisdom that is True and Pure. Babylonian system knew of a fact that what changes a man quickly is food and language. Food, being what opens him up to accept what the food bringer is about to offer next; and the language and literature tends to change the person beyond educating the mind only. It goes beyond curing ignorance to changing the behaviour and way of life of the person.
The most effective of attacks or assaults are the ones the victims accept or succumb to willingly. Just like CHRIST, Daniel’s delight was not in the choice and exotic food and wine of Babylon but in the Word of GOD. Even though he missed the noble and royal food of Judah/Jerusalem, the Word of GOD was his most cherished delicacy and means of communicating to/with the world.
So his decision was to avoid cultural change and stick with the Kingdom culture by making The KING’s Law is delight after all, he was a custodian of the same Law just as we all are as believers in this end time.
It was no coincidence that JESUS was led into the wilderness for forty days and nights just like the Israelites wander in the same for forty years. And evidently as we all can see keenly, the world we are in is a good example of the wilderness the Israelites and JESUS witnessed. We are in a world where relativity is the order of the day; no more distinct pattern of how things should be according to design and the landmarks set by the Word of GOD are being blurred our by ideologies of men.
As men who claim to be given to GOD by means of Baptism into His Word and Person, we must go through what JESUS went through and unlike the Israelites, our responses (words and actions) must be exactly as exemplified by CHRIST. Exploits in GOD are only meant for consecrated lives and even before CHRIST came in the flesh, there were people who lived in the reality of His similitude.
Daniel was an example of a consecrated life that journeyed through the wilderness but was untainted or unmarred by its elements. The wilderness of Babylon could not keep him away from the LORD rather it took him closer to GOD as Babylon sought to take him in and far away from GOD. Daniel and his friends walked and worked with GOD (and Nebuchadnezzar) faithfully. Their choices and exploits from the Book of Daniel 1-3 would be our focus as we analyse the life and exploits of Daniel, a Zionist in Babylon.