Friday, April 11, 2014

4. Daniel is among the First Exile - 605 BC

Daniel 1:1-6

In the 3rd year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. ... Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility,  youths without stand in the king's palace....Among these were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah.

Time: September 605 BC
Place: Jerusalem

In 605 BC,  Nebuchadnezzar deported the first group of Israelites to Babylon.

The Bible tells us that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the tribe of Judah were among the first exiles.  They came from royal and noble families and were given an oppportunity to be trained to serve in  King Nebuchadnezzar's palace.

These were mainly teenagers.

We can guess that they must have been in their growing teenage years.


Take your Timeline Graph out to put "Daniel" in the timeline.

  • While we do not know the exact age of Daniel, the Bible tells us that he is in his youth.  Let's take an educated guess and say Daniel is approximately at the age of 15.  
  • It's important that you see the age of Daniel as we move along in the Book of Daniel.
  • So if Daniel was around 15, we can project backwards that Daniel was born around the year 620 BC in the land of Judah. This is why in my Timeline graph, I started Daniel's strip at around 620 BC.

You know, Daniel lives in a 'special time' of the days of Judah. My beloved, a significant event happened in 622 BC.  Do you know what it is?  God did an amazing act in that year for the Israelites!  You need to bear these important insights to heart to get involved into the life of Daniel.  Daniel did not become a man of God by accident at all!  :)

We need to look into the history not for the sake of history knowledge but to gain spiritual insights into the "special time" in which Daniel lived and how God worked out His salvation plan for His people.  In this way, we will be able to draw spiritual principles to understand how God works out His salvation plan in our times.


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