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A line in the sand
Transcript of A line in the sand
The life of Daniel.
November 17, 2013
Alvin church of the Nazarrene
How do we maintain our faith when the culture is closing in on us?
EXO. 13:17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead
them on the road through the Philistine country, though that
was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might
change their minds and return to Egypt.”
Exodus 13:15 He led you through the great and terrible
wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty
ground where there was no water; He brought water for you
out of the rock of flint. 16 In the wilderness He fed you
manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble
you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.
The challenge was not getting Israel out of Egypt but getting
Egypt out of Israel.
“How did I get here?” And what must I do to get out?
It is time for you and me to draw a line in the sand!
Daniel 1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of
Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem
and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of
Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the
temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god
in Babylonia[a] and put in the treasure house of his god.
3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court
officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the
Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young
men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude
for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand,
and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach
them the language and literature of the Babylonians.[b] 5 The
king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the
king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and
after that they were to enter the king’s service.
6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah:
Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official
gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to
Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah,
The line of Resistance
1:8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal
food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission
not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the
official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the
official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has
assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking
worse than the other young men your age? The king would
then have my head because of you.”
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official
had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah,
12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing
but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare
our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal
food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you
see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and
better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your
thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure,
and lovely, and admirable. Think about things are excellent and
worthy of praise.” Phil. 4:8
The Line of Dependence
“When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone
out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact.”
20 Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are his.
21 He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises
up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him.
23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power,
you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have
made known to us the dream of the king.”
“No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to
the king the mystery he has asked about,
God in heaven who reveals mysteries.”
27 “Daniel replied,
28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives
generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to
you.” James 1:5
Not only did Daniel ask for wisdom but for tact.
When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers
and the authoriti“es, do not worry about how or what you are
to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy
Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to
say." Luke 12:11-12
The Line of Confidence
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King
Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before
you in this matter.
furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and
he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand.
does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not
serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Daniel 3:16-18 17 If we are thrown into the blazing
“Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published,
he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened
toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his
knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had
done before.” Daniel 6:10-11
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever
loses their life for me will save it.
someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their
very self? (Luke 9:24)
25 What good is it for
“Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of
every language in all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! I
issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must
fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God
and he endures forever;” Daniel 6:25-26
“Character is what you are in the dark.” D.L. Moody
“It is strange that while praying, we seldom ask
for a change of character, but always a change of