Daniel was taken captive as a young man during the reign of Jehoiakim. He was most likely of noble birth himself. This chapter tells us that he served in Babylon until the first year of Cyrus. That means his ministry in spanned the whole 70 years of captivity!
Does God issue any commands?
- God did not speak but the commands of God that Daniel purposed to follow in this foreign country were the dietary laws given to Moses.
Does God make any promises?
- God did not speak in this chapter, but God gave great knowledge to Daniel and his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah which showed that God had a plan for them.
Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
- Daniel purposed that he would not be defiled by the things that the worldly king had to offer. Jesus also purposed that He would not be defiled by the things that the king of this world had to offer.
- Daniel was tested for 10 days with food that the world offered but he refused it. Jesus was also tested by Satan with food after a 40 day fast but He refused it. The law of God and love for it and Him set the standard for each of them.
- When Daniel stood before the king he was able to answer him wisely. When Jesus stood before the governmental and spiritual leaders of His time He was able to answer them wisely.
Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
- One day we will each stand before The King so we should study to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15)