Why do you suppose they thought the king’s food and drink were unacceptable? First, the king’s food and drink were most likely offered to the gods of Babylon before it was served to the king. So, in the Babylonian way of thinking, to eat the food was to worship the god it had been offered to. But what’s the big deal?
Daniel chapter one shows us the PHASES of training each of us needs to complete in order to faithfully stand before our King. Before we begin looking at the phases of training, I want to point out an interesting literary feature of this chapter. It uses something called a chiasm, with the first 14 verses presenting . . .
One day we will take our place on the “reviewing stand,” much like the athletes in the Olympics. Only this time, it will be about eternal rewards, not an earthly medal. We’ll stand before our King and give an account of how we have stewarded the gifts, abilities, and resources He’s given us. If we’ve used those gifts selfishly, those works will . . .
As I’ve gotten older and I think back to those stories, especially from the book of Daniel, I’m afraid we too often use these stories to reach questionable conclusions. Like; if you’re faithful to God, He will protect you from the lions (whether literal of figurative). But that conclusion violates the greater teaching of Scripture. Read the end of Hebrews 11 and see the list of people who were faithful to God but lost their physical lives. So, what’s really the point of these stories?