Daniel 1

  1. 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?
  2. 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.

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