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Daniel 1:1-2

Daniel 1:1-2

New King James Version (NKJV)

1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure house of his god.


My Thoughts:

Why study the book of Daniel? Daniel teaches us that it is possible to live in a world ran by Babylon and still be faithful to God. This truth is a point that needs to be taken to heart by all believers. We know there is hope, Daniel is a reminder that even though the people of Israel went through tough times God was always with them.

I truly believe that if we want to know the future we need to understand the past. God’s plan of salvation is wrapped up in the book of Daniel and Revelation. We will first need to get a basic understanding of Daniel so we have a starting point to understanding the book of Revelation.

Understanding the players:

We see in the first two verses of Daniel that God had allowed Jehoiakim’s rein to end. Jehoiakim was placed on the throne but the Egyptian king, and his name was even changed from Eliakim. We also see in (2 Kings 23:29-34) that Jehoiakim had to pay a heavy tax to Egypt. As the king of Israel he was to be the spiritual leader of his people but sadly enough he was not.

We know from the Babylonian records that Nebuchadnezzar was not the king of Babylon as of yet so even though Daniel calls him King this did not happen for at least a month or so following the capture of Jehoiakim.

Now as for the articles of the house of God that Nebuchadnezzar carried he would have used them to in the temple of his god, Marduk, I am sure he would have taken the finest of the articles and left a small amount to be use by the Jews left behind.

The land of Shinar which verse 2 talks about was most likely a name used for Babylon. However in (Gen. 14:1, 9) it seems that this name is used for an area in northern Mesopotamia. But in (Gen. 11:2; Isa. 11:11) this area is definitely Babylon.


Ellen White Statements:

So why add Ellen White Statements in to the study? While as Seventh-day Adventist we do not hold her writings on the same level as the scriptures, and I do believe she can give us much insight on this topic.   Her writing also makes it clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching must be tested.

“Read the book of Daniel. Call up, point by point, the history of the kingdoms there represented. Behold statesmen, councils, powerful armies, and see how God wrought to abase the pride of men, and lay human glory in the dust. God alone is represented as great. In the vision of the prophet He is seen casting down one mighty ruler, and setting up another. He is revealed as the monarch of the universe, about to set up His everlasting kingdom—the Ancient of days, the living God, the Source of all wisdom, the Ruler of the present, the Revealer of the future. Read, and understand how poor, how frail, how short-lived, how erring, how guilty is man in lifting up his soul unto vanity….”

“The light that Daniel received direct from God was given especially for these last days. The visions he saw by the banks of the Ulai and the Hiddekel, the great rivers of Shinar, are now in process of fulfillment, and all the events foretold will soon have come to pass.” {4BC 1166}


Last thoughts:      

Because of their rebellion to God and His commandments “the LORD scattered His people. Just imagine what it must have been like during this time, your king has just been taken by Babylon and God’s prophets are telling you that you will be taken in to captivity for 70 years and your world has just been thrown in to chaos.

 

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

6 comments on “Daniel 1:1-2

  1. Rosi
    October 30, 2011

    The book of Daniel is so deep. It is so important as you said, especially in understanding Revalation. Daniel is also a book of history. There is so much to read, so much to learn, and so much to hold dear. Nine of the twelve chapters in Daniel revolve around dreams and God given visions. These dreams and visions have much to tell us.

    • bobh6
      October 31, 2011

      I am looking forward to the study

  2. Amalia Mullen
    October 30, 2011

    Not only does Daniel show us how to live faithfully in an ungodly world, but also shows God uses every experience to draw others to Him. Nothing is out of God’s control; all things work out for good and help better reveal Himself to us, as well as others.

    • bobh6
      November 1, 2011

      I agree and I also think Daniel teaches us that the way we live our lives, helps others see God. We can spend our time preaching to people but when we show them it makes a much bigger impression. There is a poem I like not sure who wrote it but it goes like this;
      I’d rather see a sermon
      than hear one any day;
      I’d rather one should walk with me
      than merely tell the way.
      The eye’s a better pupil
      and more willing than the ear,
      Fine counsel is confusing,
      but example’s always clear;
      And the best of all preachers
      are the men who live their creeds,
      For to see good put in action
      is what everybody needs.
      I soon can learn to do it
      if you’ll let me see it done;
      I can watch your hands in action,
      but your tongue too fast may run.
      And the lecture you deliver
      may be very wise and true,
      But I’d rather get my lessons
      by observing what you do;
      For I might misunderstand you
      and the high advice you give,
      But there’s no misunderstanding
      how you act and how you live.

  3. Joseph Kapkiyai
    November 1, 2011

    Book of Daniel also give us the glimpse of hope and encouragement after tough times.

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