Lessons From Exile: Daniel's Diet

Lessons From Exile: Daniel’s Diet

Let’s consider for a moment a young man in captivity. 

Serve God in Defeat

Name changed from names signifying Yahweh and God to Babylonian god. They are being taught the language of their captors and indoctrinated in the ways of this new pagan court in which they are found.


Examples of People Who Served God in Defeat:


Joshua after the defeat at Ai

David in the cave being chased by Saul

Can you think of more?

Serve God in Isolation

God with you even in isolation

Daniel 1:17 - As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Daniel 1:20 - And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.

Daniel grew as Jesus did Luke 2:40 - And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

And even knowledge lk 2:46-47- After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

Wisdom living in accordance to God prov.1:1-7

Knowledge of God implies a relationship with him that leads to eternal life lk 1:77 - prayer of Zecharias


 2pt 1:3-4 - His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[c] his own glory and excellence,[d] 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.


What are some ways that you have grown in wisdom and knowledge as a Christian? What experiences have led to that?

Read Psalm 22 - pay attention to the contrast with how the Psalm begins and ends. Have you been able to turn moments of mourning and isolation in your life into hopeful praise? If not, what steps can you take to be prepared the next time you are faced with loneliness?

Can you think of some other Psalms that are comforting in times of exile/affliction?


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