- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Daniel 1
The book of Daniel is one of major prophets in the Old Testament, divided, by its literary form, into two parts. The first is a collection of six stories about Daniel and his three friends, the second is four apocalyptic visions, which this book is called apocalypse in the Old Testament.
The book of Daniel is written with a recollection of history between the third year of king Jehoiahim, 606BC, invasion of Babylonian king Nubechadrezzar, 597 BC, who carried away temple treasure and captives to Babylon, and king Darius of Medes, and Persian king Cyrus.
Overarching prophetic theme of the book is how faithful Jews, loyally practicing their religion are enabled by divine aid to triumph over their enemies. The message of this book today is that God rules the world, teaching how the godly people live in ungodly world.
The chapter one introduces background, people, and their story. Among exiles are three youth, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, who were selected to be trained as Babylonian royal house boys, with changed Babylonian names. Chief official gave them royal food and educated by royal code. But Daniel and his friends refused the food, instead, ate vegetable and drank water in order not to be defiled.
The message is that God leads them all people, Babylonian official, and four Jewish youth.
God is in control for everything.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?