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Living In Babylon: Taking A Stand

Daniel 1:8-21

September 12th, 2021

 

  1. Aliens And Strangers
    1. We Are Called Out Of Even Though We Live In
    2. Exile/stranger/alien –
  2. Living In Babylon
    1. Displaced Out Of The Promised Land
    2. Articles Of God’s Temple Were Taken And Placed In The Temple Treasury Of The Gods Of Babylon.
    3. Immersed Into Babylon Culture

 

  1. Appointed a daily ration of food and drink.
  • Daniel’s Focus
    1. Even In The Midst Of The Deportation
      • He had a healthy fear of the Lord.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10, NASB95)

  • He trusted in the Sovereignty of God. God is in control, even if it doesn’t seem like He is.

The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand … (Daniel 1:2, NASB95)

  1. He Lived In The Moment
  2. Made Up His Mind
  1. Daniel’s Fearlessness
    1. He Would Not Defile Himself – to pollute, to stain, to make impure
      • Why take a stand on food issues?

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. (1 Corinthians 3:16–17, NASB95)

  • Our blood is sacred. What goes into our bodies ends up in our bloodstream.

“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. “Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. (Genesis 9:4–6, NASB95)

How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Hebrews 10:29, NASB95)

  • Moral impurity

“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. “You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God … (Ex. 20:3–5, NASB95)

To partake also symbolized a formal demonstration of allegiance to the Babylonian King. To share a meal was to commit oneself to friendship. The breaking of bread…

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? (James 4:4–5, NASB95)

What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than He, are we? (1 Cor. 10:19–22, NASB95)

  1. Take A Stand! Stand for something or fall for everything.

 

  1. Daniel Sought Permission Not To Defile Himself.
    • The Concerns Of The Official:
    • Rather Than Open Defiance, Daniel And His Friends Arranged An Alternative As A Test.

 

  1. God’s Blessing

 

  1. Daniel’s Faithfulness

Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him. Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.” (Daniel 6:3–5, NASB95)

 

 

  1. What About Us?
    1. We Have To Accept And Embrace That We Are Exiles And Strangers In This World.
    2. We Have To Recommit To Pursuing God While Fostering A Healthy Fear Of The Lord.
    3. By God’s Grace We Are To Make The Best Of It.
    4. Like Daniel, We Have To Wrestle With The Question Of Conformity To The Surrounding Culture.
    5. Like Daniel, We Need To Live Focused In The Moment.
    6. Like Daniel, We Need To Live Fearlessly In Following God.
    7. Like Daniel, We Need To Live Faithfully To The End.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:6–8)