Daniel the Prophet

Topics: Cyrus the Great, Book of Daniel, Hebrew Bible Pages: 2 (419 words) Published: August 15, 2011
“God is my judge”.

At a young age Daniel was carried off to Babylon where he became famous for interpreting dreams and rose to become one of the most important figures in the court.

He began service to the royal court and abstained from unclean food (Daniel 1:8-16). Three years later, Daniel was brought before the King to interpret the King's dream. The king was pleased and made Daniel "ruler over the whole province of Babylon" and "chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon" (Daniel 2:48). In Chapter 4, we learn that Daniel interpreted another of Nebuchadnezzar's dreams.

Daniel remained in governmental service through the reigns of the kings of Babylon and into the reign of Cyrus of Persia after the Persians became the dominant world power (Dan 1:21; 10:1). Daniel was also a person of deep piety. His book is characterized not only by prophecies of the distant future but also by a sense of wonder at the presence of God. From his youth Daniel was determined to live by God's law in a distant land (Dan 1). In moments of crisis, Daniel turned first to God in prayer before turning to the affairs of state (2:14-23). Daniel's fidelity to God exposed him to persecution by jealous rivals within the king's administration but the grace of God protected him (Dan 6).

Role in God’s Promise of the New Covenant

Daniel exhibited his fidelity to God throughout the challenges of his life, showing that we, too, need to show our fidelity to God even in times of hardships. The Book of Daniel is more than a treasure of prophetic literature. It also paints a beautiful picture of a man of God who lived out his commitment in very troubled times. We should never get so caught up in the meanings of horns and beasts that we forget the human dimension of the book-the intriguing person whose name means 'My God is Judge.'

8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” 9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the...
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