Thursday, October 6, 2011


Daniel 1:18-21

18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
 21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.

After three years of studying, teaching and being groomed for service in King Nebuchadnezzar's court, the young men that were stolen from their home finally came to the King and showed their stuff.  They were wise and showed understanding about everything they were asked and he thought them to be much better than the magicians and enchanters throughout his kingdom.    They did everything asked of them and impressed the king.  But, in doing so, they made enemies, the magicians.  Wouldn't it be upsetting to find out that these young men were essentially smarter and more impressive than your so-called magic?  What you dazzled on, is no longer amusing your king.  How would you feel?  First things first, you want to get the offenders out of the king's sight.  This is where the plot thickens.

Just know that these four young men are now known as Daniel, Shadrach, Meschah and Abednego.  Did you know that they were connected to Daniel? Lots of questions, not a lot of answers today.  But as we delve into the book of Daniel, lots will be answered.

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