1. Read Jeremiah 26:1-6. From this reading, why did God allow Nebuchadnezzar to destroy Jerusalem and the temple and take his chosen people captive?
Because the Israelites didn't listen to the prophet Jeremiah (and therefore God) to repent from their evil way of life.
2. Read 2 Chronicles 36:4-8 and 2 Kings 23:34-37, 24:1-7. What do we learn from these texts about King Jehoiakim?
“Now the rest of the acts of Jehoiakim, and the abominations that he did, and what was found against him, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah. And Jehoiachin his son reigned in his place.”
(2 Chronicles 36:8, ESV)
1. What are the eight characteristics that King Nebuchadnezzar used to describe the Israelites to Ashpenaz?
2. Of course God is the main character in the Book of Daniel. Who are the other eight characters named in Daniel Chapter one?
Three Babylonians are named:
Five Israelites are named:
There are also three unnamed characters:
1. Does the book of Daniel make a case for a vegetarian diet being a godly idea?
No, not really. The issue isn’t the type of food, the issue for Daniel is he believed the food would have defiled him had he ate it - and it very well may have included vegetables.
2. Why might one think that the guard provided the requested diet either with or without Ashpenz’s knowledge?
On the one hand Ashpenaz said he feared for his life if he was to provide the requested change in diet (vs 10). On the other hand, Daniel appears to have negotiated a diet change with the guard assigned to bring his food (vs 11). Verse 14 says he (the guard) agreed to test them with the new diet. Then, after the test provided positive results, the guard continued to provide them their requested diet (vs 16).
It seems that God was working in the background and was pleased to facilitate the provision of the non-defiling food.
1. How is Daniel seen as the leader of the four Israelites mentioned in Daniel Chapter 1?
Verse 8 indicates it was Daniel who determined he would not defile himself. So he asked permission to change his diet. Also, it was Daniel who negotiated with the guard in verse 11.
2. How (and why) do you think Daniel received the ability to interpret visions and dreams?
Verse 17 indicates (or implies) that God gave Daniel the ability to interpret visions and dreams. We aren’t told why but we can surmise when we get to the later chapters that it was to bring glory to God.
1. Who are the seven people God in teracts with in Daniel Chapter 1?
2. What should or can we do today like Daniel did to ensure that we won’t defile ourselves with the world we live in?