Saturday, July 09, 2016

Homiletics - Daniel 1

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  Jerusalem, Babylon       Who?  Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzar, Ashpenaz, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah

3rd yr of Jehoiakim of Judah, Neb of Babylon besieged Jerusalem, LORD delivered Jehoiakim/some temple articles, carried off to Babylonia.
King ordered Ashpenaz bring Israelites from royal fam/nobility, young men w/o defect, handsome, aptitude for learning, informed, quick to understand, qualified to serve in palace; teach language/literature of Babylonians.
King assigned food/wine, to be trained 3 yrs, enter king’s svc; from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah; chief off gave new names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Mishach, Abednego.
D resolved not defile w/royal food/wine, asked chief off permission; God caused off to favor/sympathy D.
Off: “I afraid of king who assigned food/drink, he see you looking worse than other men/have my head because of you.”
D to guard chief off appointed: “Test servants 10 days, nothing but vegetables/water; compare appearance w/men who eat royal food, treat servants in accordance w/what you see”; he agreed, tested 10 days.
They looked healthier/better nourished, guard took choice food/gave vegetables.
To these 4 men, he gave knowledge/understanding of literature/learning; D could understand visions/dreams.
At end of time set by king to bring them, chief off presented them, king talked to them/found no equal, so they entered king’s svc.
In every matter king questioned, they 10x better than all magicians/enchanters.
D remained until 1st yr of King Darius.


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

3rd yr Jehoiakim, Neb besieged Jerus/LORD delivered Jehoiakim/temple articles; Ashpenaz bring Israelites- royal fam/nobility, men w/o defect, handsome, aptitude, informed, quick,  to serve in palace; teach language/literature; king assign food/wine, trained 3 yrs: Daniel (Belteshazzar), Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Mishach), Azariah (Abednego).  (The Lord delivered Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon who chose Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah to serve in the palace)
All occurrences are orchestrated by God’s will.
The Lord will use non-believers to enact His plan.
The Lord’s will may involve His people in the service of non-believers and foreign governments.
D resolved not defile w/food/wine, asked permission; God caused CO to favor D; CO: “afraid king who assigned food/drink see you looking worse than other men/have my head”; D: “Test servants 10 days- vegetables/water; compare appearance, treat in accordance w/what you see”; tested 10 days; looked healthier, took choice food/gave vegetables.  (Daniel resolved not to be defiled with the royal food and wine and looked healthier than the other men after a 10-day test with vegetables)
Sometimes we must resolve to obey God.
God’s people should respect the authority placed over them whether they are believers or not because God has ordained all authority.
The Lord causes men to favor His people.
To these 4, he gave knowledge/understanding of literature/learning; D understand visions/dreams; At end of time set by king, CO presented them, king talked/found no equal, they entered king’s svc; they 10x better than all magicians/enchanters; D remained until 1st yr of Darius.  (After training, Daniel and “friends” enter Nebuchadnezzar’s service)
There are some things that formal education can’t teach us.
God is sovereign over our time.


Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Daniel eats vegetables, gains knowledge and enters King Nebuchadnezzar’s service.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT know that God is sovereign over all things including whom we serve, what we eat, where we sleep and the duration for which we do these things whether we are believers or non-believers, and as His people, we may be called to resolve to be obedient to Him while still respecting the authority He placed over us.



What situations have you observed God using a non-believer to advance His plan for your life?
What authority figures has God placed in your life and how do you serve them?
How is your current activity like serving a foreign government?
Under what circumstances have you had to resolve to obey God and what were the results?
In what way have you experienced God’s intervention in a conflict of obedience between God and man as Daniel did when he resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine?
How have you experienced man’s favor for God’s blessing in your life?
What are some things you’ve learned directly from God rather than from formal education?
How might you explain to a new believer the idea that God is sovereign over our time?


I’ve been taught not to get clever with my Division sentences.  However, I would like to be able to

present them as an outline for my lecture.  The way I’ve been writing them is only usable to me.  I went

back and created shorter “Divisions”.  I’m still not happy with them, but this is about the Lord speaking

to me, not me speaking to others, necessarily.

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