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Daniel: A Strong Man Is Faithful

DAY 1 OF 5

Faithful In Unfaithful Times

Will you be faithful in unfaithful times?

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. — Daniel 1:1-2

As we begin, I want to highlight a few characters in this text because we need to know them to understand Daniel’s story of faithfulness.

First, we have Jehoiakim. He is the 18th king of Judah. He was not appointed by God but by the Egyptian Pharoah, who, in some ways, controlled Judah at the time. Jehoiakim was 25 when he became ruler and ruled for 11 years. He is described by other biblical authors as a horrible king. Here is why. He had sex with his mother, daughter-in-law, and stepmother. He murdered men, raped their wives, and stole their property. He performed an epispasm (restored foreskin) to conceal the fact that he was a Jew. In addition, he tattooed his body, which was prohibited by his religious law. But most notably, he took a biblical scroll, removed God's name, and burned it. So, we might say Jehoiakim was not such a good guy.

Second, we have Nebuchadnezzar. Historically, this Nebuchadnezzar II, also known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great. He ruled Babylon for 43 years. During his time, they became a world superpower. He kept taking land and erecting buildings during a time when Egypt and Israel were in decline. And the capital city of Babylon was massive and glorious. And that's where the Book of Daniel begins. Israel and Jerusalem are in disarray, and God's people are taken captive.

Third, there is Daniel. He is unmentioned here, but this book is about him. Daniel is a teenager when he is taken and becomes a refugee in the city of Babylon. What is great about this book is that Daniel tells us the entire story of Israel’s captivity, and he is faithful from beginning to end—all 70 years of his life.

Right from the start, we see a contrast between three men: one unfaithful king, one enemy king, and one man who worships the only King. And from Daniel, more than any Old Testament character, we can all learn how to be faithful men in unfaithful times under unfaithful and unbelieving kings. Could a story like this be more applicable, given our times? I think not! Even more, Daniel will suffer under the reign of not just one king but five enemy kings over his entire lifetime and come out on the other side a faithful, God-fearing man.

I think every believing man living today should aspire to do the same: resolve your wayward desires, fix your gaze on God, and then make the covenant to be a faithful man in unfaithful times. That’s what Daniel did and so should you.

God, I pray that all your men will aspire to be faithful to you for the remainder of their days. By your truth, nudge them when they get off the path, show them how to get back on, and help them to stay on the path so they will be named with great men like Daniel, who was faithful from beginning to end. In Jesus’s name, amen.


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Daniel: A Strong Man Is Faithful

Embark on a 5-day journey through Daniel to uncover faith's strength in today's world. Reflect on Daniel's commitment, finding inspiration to navigate life with courage and unwavering faith. Join us in embracing the call...


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