Thursday, July 4, 2024

July 4, 2024

After much contemplation, I decided to cover the Book of Daniel. Please feel free to post your insights from your past studies as I cover a chapter a day for the next twelve days or more, depending on the depth of each chapter. 

Daniel 1

When the Israelites were taken captive to Babylon, Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Azarias were princes from the family of Zedekiah, in the line of Judah. Daniel lived from being taken into captivity for seventy years to the first year of Cyrus and saw Israel’s release. The king treated the boys well because they were pliable in learning and quite wise, outshining the children of the Chaldeans. It makes me sick that they were castrated. They were fed the king’s food; however, they didn’t want to eat the meat because they didn’t want to defile themselves with unclean animals and food offered to other gods. They asked the keeper of the eunuchs if they could be given herbs, fruits, and beans as their diet. He worried they would look sickly but agreed to a ten-day trial. At the end of the ten days, they looked healthier and fatter than the other captive eunuchs. Side note: Vegetables do not make you skinny, and that’s why we love them so much! I can attest that abstaining from or fasting from certain foods will make you wiser and draw you closer to God. If you ask God for wisdom, He might make you change your diet. Try cutting out sugar or fast a few meals daily and watch your wisdom increase and your waistline decrease. 

And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat. Daniel 1:15

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