Focus Verse: Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means. (17)
Daniel didn’t care about the king’s gifts. He did his job and he did his job well because he was doing it as to the Lord, and not unto men. After being taken away from his family and uprooted from his homeland, Daniel could have become angry and bitter at being in exile. After all, it wasn’t like he had sinned and caused judgement to fall on Jerusalem and Judah. He was suffering for the disobedience of people who had lived long before he had been born. Instead of choosing to be faithful to God, Daniel could have turned away from God in a foreign land. God would never have been able to use him to be a witness and a testimony if Daniel had done so.
We do not have to be in a popular Western church or among familiar Christians to be used of God. In a distant land or among unbelieving people, we can be a light wherever God puts us.
Focus Verse: At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. (4)
What a testimony! The only way Daniel’s enemies could bring a negative charge against him was by getting him to disobey the law of his God. This should be the character and testimony of every Christian. Of course, we aren’t talking about perfection; even Daniel wasn’t perfect. But there ought to be something different about the things we do, the way we do things, and how we carry ourselves both in private and in public. We are a set apart people. We ought to keep ourselves unspotted from the world.
Darius became the second king who Daniel influenced to acknowledge God as the living God Who endures forever.
Focus Verse: Until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom. (22)
The little, eleventh horn, that destroys three of the ten horns, is seen by the majority of Bible scholars to be the Antichrist who will come to power in the last days. This Antichrist will speak blasphemy against God, command all people to give their worship to him, wage war against those who believe in Jesus, and actually defeat them. But than Christ Himself will appear. He will vindicate those who have been persecuted and martyred for His name. He will do away with the throne of the Antichrist. All power, glory, and dominion will be given to His people. We will serve Him and reign with Him forever.
Focus Verse: This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. (8)
Why were we saved? Certainly not to continue in our foolish and disobedient ways by living in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. We were saved in order to do good. We are to be obedient and peaceable. We are to be considerate and kind towards all people. We were not only saved to be blessed, but to be a blessing. Our salvation should not only profit us, but others. There should be something different about the way we are now and the way we were back then.