TITL: DANIEL  SURVIVING BABYLON
TEXT: DANIEL 1:1-21
Some background info...
12 chapters, 2 sections… ch 1-6 Historic, how to live in a wicked/hostile culture, ch 7-12 Prophetic, Christs coming Kingdom
God promised Israel if they obeyed they would be blessed, but if they rejected God they would be judged and oppressed by other nations… Israel was divided…. 722 BC Assyrian Army conquered the Northern Kingdom… 605 BC Babylonian captivity
Author – Jesus confirmed Daniel as the author (Mat 24:15)… other mentions in Scripture = Ezek 14:14, 20; 28:3; Heb 11:32-33
Relevance – Daniel loved the very same God you love, He studied the same Bible (as far as the OT goes) that you do, lived under the same precepts that you do, and he lived in a hostile and wicked culture and he wanted to please God but faced the pressure we feel
Theme – NOT “be like Daniel, he was a good guy”, the theme is the sovereign protection of God for those who are loyal in standing for Him
- HOW DO WE SURVIVE IN “BABYLON”?
1. GODS SOVEREIGNTY IS IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE.
2. GODS PEOPLE REFUSE TO COMPROMISE THEIR FAITH.
- MAKE UP YOUR MIND
- ACT IN FAITH
- MAKE YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
3. GODS BLESSING COMES TO THOSE WHO ARE LOYAL…. WAIT FOR IT!