- What were the motives that lay behind the resolve of Daniel and his three friends to avoid defilement? Cf. Lev. 3:17; 20:24-26. How did they set about achieving their aim? What Christian qualities did they display in their approach to authority? With what gifts did God reward them?
- What light does the story throw on what it mean to be ‘in the world’ (John 17:11) but ‘not of the world’ (john 17:16)? Notice how firmness of conviction in youth laid the foundation for later steadfastness.
Note. Verse 1. The year is probably 605 BC, and the reference is to a Babylonian foray immediately after their victory at Carchemish.