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PostSubject: Issue #91 Thu, 10 Aug 2006   March 12th 2007, 00:05

Stand For The Truth

Dear Youth,

Daniel and his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, were in Babylon. Jerusalem had been overthrown, just as Jeremiah the prophet had prophesied, and now these four Hebrew boys found themselves as captives in the city of Babylon. Temptation was all around them and idolatry and heathenism surrounded them.

The king, Nebuchadnezzar, had chosen them to learn the ways of the nation and become educated in the schools of Babylon so that they could one day became the king's advisors. Their first temptation was not long in coming, for when they sat down to eat at the king's table they realised that they could not eat the food set before them. To eat the food and drink the wine would be detrimental to their health and it would also be violating the principles taught to them by their Hebrew parents.

What should they do? It would be easy to just go along with the crowd and eat the food. Furthermore, to refuse to eat the king's food that he had so kindly set before them could mean the loss of their life! It was a serious decision but "Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank" (Daniel 1:8 ). Though the entire nation might think that he was crazy he chose to do what was right, and his friends stood with him.

Patriarchs and Prophets page 364 says that "Daniel did not hesitate. The approval of God was dearer to him than the favour of the most powerful earthly potentate-dearer than life itself. He determined to stand firm in his integrity, let the result be what it might". Daniel chose to risk his life in order to do the right thing. He decided that whatever the cost he was going to stand firm in his decision to follow God all the way.

So Daniel and his three friends went to the prince of the eunuchs who was in charge of all the captives there and requested that they not be required to eat the king's food. But the prince would not allow it, he was too afraid that the king would have his head if he let them eat something else. So they went to Melzar the man who had been put in charge of them and said to him "Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants" (Daniel 1:12,13).

"At the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the kin's meat" (Daniel 1:15). Daniel and his friends would not have to eat the king's food; from now on they could have the fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts and water that they had requested.

Daniel and his three friends worked hard to learn all that they could during their years of study but they also prayed to God. When they were in this foreign country they did not forget Jesus, they still trusted in Him. All their work payed off because at the end of their years of study they were to appear before Nebuchadnezzar. After asking them questions to see how much knowledge they had obtained, the king found them to be "ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm" (Daniel 1:20). The promise in 1 Samuel 2:30 was fulfilled: "Them that honour me I will honour".

Imagine that! Being ten times wiser than the king's best-educated men in his whole realm. Would you like to be ten times wiser? Well you can be. "The same mighty truths that were revealed through these men, God desires to reveal through the youth and children today. The life of Daniel and his fellows is a demonstration of what He will do for those who yield themselves to Him and with the whole heart seek to accomplish His purpose" (Prophets and Kings p. 490).

We can stand firm for what we believe no matter the surroundings, whether we are at home, school, church, or even a captive in some foreign land, we must stand firm in the truth, and Jesus will help us. "The spirit that possessed Daniel, the youth of today may have; they may draw from the same source of strength, possess the same power of self-control, and reveal the same grace in their lives, even under circumstances as unfavourable…. Through strong resolution and vigilant watchfulness they may withstand every temptation that assails the soul. But only by him who determines to do right because it is right will the victory be gained" (Prophets and Kings p. 490).

--Talisa Jackson

PLEASE NOTE: All Bible verses are taken from the King James Version, unless stated otherwise.
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