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Issue 2004 #3

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Daniel - a Biblical Role Model

Daniel was taken to Babylon along with the other Jews who were captured and taken into exile by the Babylonians under the reign of Nebuchadnezzar. At this time Daniel was in his middle or later teens.

He must have had some good training in his home because he knew what was right and what was wrong. He knew how to barter with the servant who brought them rich food without aggravating him and God blessed him for showing respect to those ruling over him. It showed he had self-control.

God gave Daniel the ability to interpret dreams and visions. When Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and forgot what he had dreamed, he wanted to kill all the wise men in his kingdom because they couldn't interpret it for him. When Daniel heard of this he asked for some time, and then asked his three friends to pray with him, for God to help him interpret this dream. God did this for him and the lives of the other wise men were also saved.

Daniel was a man of integrity. When king Darius wanted to set him above all his presidents and princes they tried to find something they could accuse him of but could find nothing.


He was a man of great courage which was evident when an edict was declared that everyone was to worship an idol which was erected for this specific purpose.

Daniel continued to pray to his God as he had done before, even though this meant he could lose his life. God was his protector and sent his angels to shut the mouths of the lions when he was thrown into the lions den Daniel was a man who was humble before his God. In Daniel 10:17 he asks God, how can a servant of the Lord speak to the Lord. He is speaking of himself as a servant. Even though God raised him up as the top man next to the king, Daniel always knew who was above him and honoured him as such. May God help us to be humble and courageous.

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