THE DANIEL DILEMMA
THE DANIEL DILEMMA - Part 1
(Daniel 1:4 - 6) 4 “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon.” 5 The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah.
Effects of Culture
- Change your identity. [The devil will put a script to your life which God has never planned.]
(Daniel 1:7) The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names:
Daniel was called Belteshazzar. [Daniel "God is my Judge"/Beteshazzar "Lady, protect the King"]
Pagan Culture - Gender confusion.
Hananiah was called Shadrach.[Yahweh has been gracious"/Shadrach "I am fearful of God"] Spiritual confusion.
Mishael was called Meshach. [Misheal "Who is what God is?"/Meshach "I am despise, contemptible and humiliated.]
Azariah was called Abednego.[ Azariah "Yahweh has helped"/Abednego "Servant of Neb"]
God has the right label for you. When culture shifts, we must know who we are.
- Compromise our standards.
Daniel 1:8"But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods."
He asked for permission. You can say I am bad but not as bad as that. When culture shifts, we must reaffirm our beliefs.
- Creates confrontations.
Daniel 1: 11 - 12 Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12 “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said.
When culture shifts, we must respond in the right way.
The balance of the scale.
- You are wrong and I am right.
- God loves everybody just let them be.
- Balance of TRUTH and LOVE. John 1:14"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth".
Truth and Grace.
- Truth is God standards. (John 17:17)Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
- Grace is God's favour. (Ephesians 2:8 - 9) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
Without truth, we will be corrupt. Without grace, we all condemned. We cannot out way the scales. Without truth, we become worldly. Without grace we become judgemental. So truth without grace is mean. But grace without truth is meaningless. But truth and grace is medicine. Grace invites us to be free. While truth set us free.
End: John 8:1 - 11
THE DANIEL DILEMMA - Part 2
John 17:15-16) My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
The Babylon Mentality
(Genesis 11:4) Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves.”
(Genesis 11:9) That is why it was called Babel—because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world.
(Revelation 17:5) The name written on her forehead was a mystery: BABYLON THE GREAT.
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
(Isaiah 47:8-10) “Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.’ Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’”
“I am, and there is none besides me.”
God doesn’t love me.
God isn’t for me.
God wants too much from me.
(Daniel 4:34-37) At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
- I will exalt God.
(Psalm 145:1) I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name forever and ever.
- I will acknowledge God.
(1 Corinthians 4:7 LB) What are you so puffed up about? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if all you have is from God, why act as though you have accomplished something on your own?
- I will humble myself.
(James 4:10) Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.