daniel 1 verse 8


They have not--if they have decided in the manner just described--they have not ruled out side issues and collateral considerations, and met the one only point, viz., Is it right? Even the noble purpose not to be defiled by the king’s meat found its place in the boy’s heart through grace from on high, and it was kept alive there by the same power. For it was a kind of life that appealed to sensibilities of youth. The conscience is a solemn thing; it is the power with which we appreciate the right in its Divine imperialism. Daniel did not fear the physical consequences of his action as the prince of the eunuchs did. To partake of such food would be to a Hebrew the sanctioning of idolatry. 4. You may be tried by strange and terrible combinations of evil influence, formed and applied by the great adversary of souls, rushing in upon you mysteriously, impetuously, and suddenly, with an agency almost overwhelming, that must utterly amaze and confound you. Let us, therefore, be improving our minds in the knowledge of Christ, and in getting them enriched with Divine grace. By their superior intellectual ability.--At the end of the three years which had been assigned for their special education, they were brought before the king, and he found them “ten times better in all matters of wisdom and understanding than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.” There is hardly a doubt that, if the facts were known.and could be tabulated, it would appear that the intellectual life of Christian people is far in advance of those men of the world who reject God and his counsels, both as to the spiritual life and the general state of the body, promoted by a temperate use of the good things of life. Another point that we shall have to prove, is that the old faith promotes holiness of life. If you do not know, I am going to tell you, and it will be by facts. Daniel 1:8. Let the truth be frankly and fearlessly told, and let all men know that while it is easy enough to be a mere professor of religion, yet to be a real Christian, to follow hard after the Captain of Salvation in the fight for the truth and the right, against the world, the flesh, and the devil, requires as sternly heroic a purpose as that which girded Paul and Daniel when they had to confront the lions. Therefore he requested.] Yet this was Daniel’s danger. They also studied whatever of science there was to be learned, as Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself. They have none to depend upon but themselves and their God. He wished so to live in Chaldea, as to consider himself an exile and a captive, sprung from the sacred family of Abraham. The sin involved in eating the food from the royal table arose from two things—first, the Jewish law forbade the use of certain animals for food which might be in common use in Babylon, and, secondly, it was a custom in heathen countries to offer of that which was eaten to their gods. He prayed alone (Daniel 9:3). The greatest loss that I can think of in this city, is not the less of money which men spend on that which is not bread, not the loss of labour spent on that which satisfieth not; it is not the loss of life, even, that might be saved if only men and women would act aright--the greatest loss in this city is the loss of mental and spiritual force which is allowed to degenerate into mere drivel, by yielding to the temptations which sap all the mental, intellectual and moral stamina out of the character of our youth. 5. Hence also we gather, that as each of us is endued more fruitfully with the grace of the Spirit, so should we feel bound to instruct others. It was not only that the superstitions of Babylon were interwoven with the secular instruction they received, though in that there was danger enough. Physically, man must draw his succour from an environment called the granary and the storehouse and the fountain. 4 skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had # ch. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. You may be tried by your own indwelling passions, which, although subjugated by the grace which is in you, have not yet done striving for the mystery: vanity, self-conceit, cupidity, anger, envy, deceit, levity, animal passion and lust. Daniel Rainbow Missions, Inc., Rainbow Missions, Inc.; revision of the American Standard Version of 1901, Ed. We may well draw useful lessons in temperance, uprightness, courtesy, purity, and studiousness from the boyhood of Daniel. Boys and girls, suppose your mothers knew you as well as you know yourselves, would they weep for joy, or shame? 4. (2) It helped his companions. Pulse and water are helps, not hindrances, to intellectual clearness and progress in knowledge. John the Baptist and Jesus were young men when they began their ministry, Jesus himself being a mere child of twelve years when he first undertook his Father’s business. Evil days did not break his purpose; they only strengthened it. The prince of the eunuchs, although he was high in favour and authority, knew how to tremble before the wrath of his monarch, and expresses a just estimation of it when he answers Daniel, “Ye make me endanger my head to the king.”. HELPS TOWARDS THIS CONSISTENCY. Each person who seeks God's grace and mercy, must have a heart to love Him and to please Him by seeking His Son Jesus - the way the truth and the life. The chief reasons why Daniel would not eat meat from the royal table were probably these three: -. We sometimes doubt its efficacy; but we see here that under God’s blessing a child may exhibit steadfast and notable piety. The same reason was why Joseph had to flee ' ' for is dear spiritual life, because he knew that it was sin and he can 't stand before it. SOME LESSONS. It being proposed to him to be brought up in the manner before described, he revolved it in his mind; he well weighed it, and considered it with himself, and came to a resolution about it. (P. S. . They were noticed and flattered. 2. And that word “purposed” is, in the original, significant. He might have said to himself, and not without some show of reason: “I am not responsible for the things which I do under the command of the king, whose prisoner I am.” We have heard young men, who justified themselves for wrong-doing because they were only carrying out the orders of their employers. It will stand by and strengthen him in many an hour of trial. You cannot plant religion on the top of moral mud any more than you can put up a fifteen-story apartment house on the top of the Jersey meadows. In the search for exhilaration and in the abounding delight of vigorous life many promising, careers are ruined by the loss of self-control. They did this by deporting the inhabitants of the conquered country to their original kingdom, and by importing into the conquered country great masses of their own already loyal subjects. Is not the thought of what He has done here below for your soul, and of all that He will yet do in eternity, enough to bind your whole heart and all your desires in obedience to Him? A faith which is solidly rooted in God 's word a faith like that of Daniel when he refuse the delicacies from the royal kitchen, I quit admit that he was sure that his health was obviously at stake. Others I need not think about; I can get away from them; but I have to be with him all the time. "Ephraim ... shall eat unclean things in Assyria"). Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat. What, indeed, did these servants of the Most High seek? Daniel 1:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Daniel 1:8, NIV: "But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way." This is; the full meaning; of the passage. Imagine the devil giving you a ticket to defile your estate. It is a blessed thing when the influence of a youth among his comrades is thrown on the side of virtue. The case is to be diagnosed in this way; it is virtue, but so sparingly accumulated and loosely fibred as hardly to be more than aflame before it is consumed--a sort of sky-rocket affair that makes momentary diversion, and that only renders subsequent darkness but the more palpable and ponderable. He could outstrip many, perhaps all, competitors. ". Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all other things will be added unto you. A pretty kind of Daniel those people would have made! Daniel showed his faith when he said to Melzar, “Feed me and my three companions on this common fare; give us nothing else.” I think that a Christian man should be willing to be tried; he should be pleased to let his religion be put to the test. To promote this separation from the idolaters who surrounded them was one special object of the ceremonial law. THERE ARE RIGHT METHODS OF RESISTING TEMPTATION. Daniel 1:8 But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's food or wine. Daniel’s greatest care is, ne contra legem Dei et conscientiam impuretur, he may not polute his conscience nor violate law of God, the lest he should be defiled in the least. And it is here, at the very commencement, that the religion of Daniel, of a soul sealed by the Holy Spirit, differs essentially from that of those fearful and double-minded disciples who, believing only part of the testimony of God, dare scarcely hope for salvation, and place the certainty of it only after a long course of labours and of sacrifices. I need scarcely say that the light of the New Testament dispensation had not then shone, and Daniel had not seen at that early period any relaxation of the Jewish ceremonial law. And we can well understand that they could not long remain in this altered condition of things before something would arise which would put their principles to the proof. God forbid that they should appear against us in judgment! It is not narrowness; it is not faddism; it is not over scrupulousness; but it is fidelity to the highest duty, it is fidelity to God, when you set down your foot about a small matter, as it may seem to others, and say, No, I dare not do it, little as it is and pleasant as it might be, because thereby I should be mixed up in a practical denial of God. And with them, in the minds of the world, are associated such names as William Tell, of Switzerland, and George Washington, of America. What firmness, fidelity, and piety! Daniel was therefore jealous of his influence as of his own soul’s peace. (Proverbs 23:26.) “What will the king say when he sees your faces so much more woe-begone than those about you?” “Well,” said Daniel, “let us put the matter to the test. Daniel’s faithfulness to his conscience, his allegiance to his God, his courteous but firm refusal to do what was sinful, was turned to his advantage, even in this world. I. Daniel’s temptation.—He and his companions were chosen, among others, to be trained for the special service of the king. This word does not mean simply "peas, or legumes," but "It would refer to all plants that bear seeds."[24]. Being responsible for this group of young people I was forced to make a quick decision. Daniel and his friends, even when placed by Providence in the very midst of idolaters, forgot not where their safety lay. All of the wonderful things which happened in the Book of Daniel were the result of the blessing of God upon these faithful young men who would not permit themselves to be led into violation of the Holy Scriptures. If we would but taste and see that God is good, if we would but accept His love freely offered in Jesus, and let Him make us altogether His own, ah! It is possible to live victorious over all life’s troubles. Iniquity and insolence may seem to prosper for a time, and the lions’ den open for Daniel’s feet; but at last the hungry lions make a meal of the good man’s foes. It is a long reach toward God merely to feel the sanctity of the claim which the right makes upon us, so that when alternative courses open themselves before us, however we may feel ourselves enticed toward that which is evil, we experience a counter-drawing that is too mystic to be explained, and that bears down upon us with too authoritative a compulsion to be lightly ignored. All the forces of that vast nation waited to fulfil his bidding, whose word was law. In leaving home we leave home influences, but if we have a conscience that has been trained in the fear of God, we shall always take that with us. Then the sceptre of power dropped from his hand, and in old age he dwelt apart in a desert and tended sheep. He was in very peculiar circumstances--a captive, and of the king a special protege. Study this verse and Bible Commentary to discover the truth about food and faith. Others have been equally diligent to affirm that the refusal of the wine did not indicate a denial that wine was an acceptable part of the diet for Jews generally. ), His conduct through life was all in beautiful accordance with his first recorded action. It leads to acquaintance with self and all other beings; it augments hatred of sin, it exercises patience, it strengthens faith, it quickens action, it encourages prayer, it promotes dependence and reliance upon God. Such were the sentiments and such was the joy of Daniel and his brethren. It would appear that God Himself intervened to give Daniel the necessary preference to make the granting of his wish possible. Tead.). But Daniel purposed in his heart. All of God’s early lawmakers and rulers were able and good men,--Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Daniel,--men of breadth of view, integrity, and faith. He was so likeable, so loveable. 2. Spiritually, he draws his life from an invisible environment, named God. He will be called, perhaps, presumptuous; it will be said that he is wanting in sobriety, prudence, and the humble trust which every sinner ought to have, and he will be told again and again that he exposes himself to serious falls. Such an example is here proposed to us in Daniel, who not only rejected the delicacies of the palace, by which he might be intoxicated and even poisoned; but he also advised and persuaded his companions to adopt the same course. They also had God’s blessing on their coarser fare, which was the main matter that made the difference.’ (3) He gave special wisdom. (2) Describe some of the major features or characteristics of Daniel 8. No one reading the Ethics of Aristotle, for instance, can fail to be struck with the thoroughness of the educational methods therein enjoined and set forth. My brother, you are not right till you can reduce the whole of your life to this one principle of the fear of God, till you are able to bring every action to this great touchstone. But now and again there would be found one of sterner stuff who would not be as mere wax in the conqueror’s hands. They were more than hostages. (8-16) Their improvement in wisdom. But I know that there are a great many people who attend who have not settled the question for themselves, and who go there borne upon the current of contemporary usage. 5. But assemble the foods, and the various forms of water that he drinks, the air that he breathes, throughout a single year, and how enormous the bulk that makes up his environment. Daniel wanted to please the Lord in every respect, not just in the most important moral aspects of his life (cf. We have seen, then, that Daniel’s purpose asserted itself over the crushing effects of misfortune and calamity, and over the subtle ensnaring power of evil surroundings. Them that honour God, He honours. In that way behaviour became to him a kind of worship, and was the continuous expression of a religious loyalty. This was the severest mode, and was only adopted after repeated rebellions. This narrative also shows THAT YOUNG MEN CAN SERVE THEIR GOD BY SERVING THE STATE. Remember the case of Moses. Or they could do what they knew would please their God though it might involve persecution and cost them advancement opportunities. The Little Horn and the Sanctuary Cleansed. Verse Finder Chapter. II. To a devout and faithful Yahwist both facts were important. Pentecost.). He is the father of the spirit as well as the maker of the body. See also, now, those sincere Christians, those disciples whom the Lord Jesus calls “His friends” (John 15:14), because they do everything which He commandsthem, because they touch no dishes of the world, because they are content with the “pulse” of wisdom and of holiness, and judge of their state. What dishes were such herbs! With the portion of the king’s meat — It was the custom of most nations, before their meals, to make an oblation of some part of what they ate and drank to their gods, as a thankful acknowledgment that every thing which they enjoyed was their gift; so that every entertainment had something in it of the nature of a sacrifice. that is the question. I grant that the grace of salvation is the gift of God, but no man ever yet was saved against his will or without his will being roused to supreme activity. Therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel’s humility is as beautiful as his faith and greatness. Let us observe, in the next place, that the trial of useful piety of which we now speak is pertained and arranged by God in wisdom and in kindness. He declares himself an apostle by the will of God. God help you, who are beginning life; for, if God begins with you, and you begin with God, your life will be one of happy usefulness, which will have a truly blessed end! What? WE SHOULD DARE TO BE SINGULAR WHEN GOD CALLS US TO BE SO. The health and brain-power of the Jews would teach the Gentiles a lesson if the Gentiles were not so heedless. Chancing upon evil companions, he will be confused by their profanity, he will blush at their salacity. You may not wish to obey Nature’s hearth laws, but you cannot defy them and escape. 1. Assuming, however, what is apparent from the whole narrative, that he had been educated in the doctrines of the true religion, and in the principles of temperance, it is not difficult to conceive what reasons “would” influence a virtuous youth in such circumstances, and we cannot be in much danger of error in suggesting the following: (1) It is not improbable that the food which was offered him had been, in some way, connected with idolatry, and that his participation in it would be construed as countenancing the worship of idols. "The command of the king, that the young men should be fed with the food and wine from the king"s table, was to Daniel and his friends a test of their fidelity to the Lord and to His law, like that to which Joseph was subjected in Egypt, corresponding to the circumstances in which he was placed, of his fidelity to God (Gen. xxxix7 f.)." .q According to Daniel 1:8, Whom did Daniel ask about not eating his portion of the king's food? v., p. 118; Preacher's Monthly, vol. And there was Nebuchadnezzar, proud conqueror of the nations. Portions of it were polluted with blood--forbidden to every Jew. But this is not the whole reason which weighed with Daniel. In view of these two facts they agreed to refuse the king’s food. Those who possess it possess it not as a privilege merely, but as a responsibility--not as a blessing merely, but as an obligation. Object to food that came from the king’s own table! What do you fear? There is honour from the world. 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