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August 29 - Morning

"In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 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 and
put in the treasure house of his god.

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 — 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…Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah."

- Daniel 1:1-6

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The Royal Family of Judah is Taken to Babylon for Training and Service    

The introduction of Daniel in Daniel chapter one includes his lineage, his situation, his character and how he came to be an influential member of Nebuchadnezzar’s administration.

Daniel 1:1 gives the historical setting for the book of Daniel which aligns with the events recorded in
2 Kings 24:1-2 and 2 Chronicles 36:5-7. The 70 years of captivity prophesied by Jeremiah’s had begun (Jeremiah 34:12-22)

Babylonian texts say it was late spring or early summer (May/June) of 605 BC when Nebuchadnezzar moved through the land of Israel after the defeat of Egypt/Assyria at the battle of Carchemish. A cuneiform tablet found in 1956 says that after the Carchemish battle in 605 Nebuchadnezzar conquered the whole area of the Hatti-country which included Syria and Israel. (Details)

Then Nabopolassar (Nebuchadnezzar's father and Babylonian king) died in August of 605 BC according to Babylonian documents. The death of Nebuchadnezzar's father forced Nebuchadnezzar to retreat back to Babylon in order to secure his place on his father's throne. But, before his quick departure from "Hatti-country" (Syria and Israel), Nebuchadnezzar arranged for some of the young men of the royal families to be sent after him back to Babylon.

Nebuchadnezzar and the Battle of Carchemish in 605 BC

The name of Daniel’s God is “adonai” in the Hebrew and translated “Lord” indicating he is the “owner, ruler and sovereign lord” of this event. Yahweh, or the LORD, is the sovereign Lord.

“Delivered” is the translation of the Hebrew word natan which literally means “gave” indicating Daniel’s God “gave” Judah and her king to Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar did not take them.

“articles from the temple of God” -

  • these had been seen by the Babylonians visiting Hezekiah in Isaiah 39:2-4 who was told they would end up in Babylon
  • only some were taken in 605. The rest would be taken in 586
  • In 539, 66 years later Belshazzar would take these vessels from the temple out of storage for his last drunken party.

“the God” vs. “his god” (Nebuchadnezzar’s god Marduk). Throughout the book of Daniel Yahweh is referred to as “the God” in the Hebrew. In the Hebrew there is always an article in front of “elohim”. Nebuchadnezzar worshipped one of his gods from the Babylonian Pantheon. But, Yahweh is “the God,” or the God over all the gods.

Ashpenaz is the chief of Nebuchadnezzar’s court officials The Hebrew word saris means “court officer” and “castrate.” Isaiah 39:7 prophecies to Hezekiah that:

Some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

Josephus assumes that Daniel was made a eunuch that was physically altered or castrated. The word saris in Isaiah 56:3 means eunuch as in “a dry tree.” The word "saris" in Genesis 37:36 describes Potiphar who was a "court officer" of Pharoah and married.

“Royal Family” is literally Hebrew for “of the seed of the kingdom”. “Nobility” is partemim which is a Persian word for “princes.” Josephus says Daniel and his three friends "were four of the family of Zedekiah (the last king of Judah and a son of Josiah)

These royal Jewish hostages could be used later for helping administer the Jewish situation later.

Being of royal Jewish blood these young Israelites had already received some training in Jerusalem. It was enough to know the Law of God because Josiah had been their king and possibly a mentor as he and Jeremiah had tried to bring revival to the land.

Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah made it through the situation without collapsing to Babylonian corruption. Many other Jews of royal birth must have. No other names are mentioned.

Daniel -  "My judge is God" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Belteshazzar - "Bel's prince"
Hananniah -  "Yahweh has shown grace" . . . .   Shadrach - "Command of Aku"
Mishael - "Who is what God is?" . . . . . . . . . . .  Meshach -"Who is what Aku is?"
Azariah -  "Yahweh has helped" . . . . . . . . . . . . Abednego  - "Servant of Nebo"

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Obedience is the outward expression of your
love of God."
- Henry Blackaby
Something to Ponder??

Traditionally the names of the two thieves that died on crosses with Jesus are Dismas (Dysmas) and Gestas. They most likely had rebelled or spoke of rebellion against Rome and so they were lifted up on crosses to be mocked for thinking they could rise above Rome. Dismas is said to have been crucified on Jesus’ right side and Gestas to Jesus’ left. Gestas was the thief who asked Jesus to remember him when Jesus came to his kingdom. The names of these two men are not biblical, but come from a pseudepigraph called “The Gospel of Nicodemus” which was written in the 300’s AD.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Sheqer (Hb) - falsehood (Eng) - The Hebrew word sheqer means “falsehood” and “lie.”
To be sheqer is to be contrary to the law and life of God.
Sheqer is used to refer to:
Sheqer speech in Isaiah 59:3
Sheqer teaching in Isaiah 9:15
Sheqer prophesy in Jeremiah 14:14
Sheqer character in 2 Samuel 18:13


Part Four: (The Lachish Letters (or, Lachish Ostraca) are a collection of eighteen Hebrew correspondence written on potsherds from the days of Jeremiah during Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion of the land. The letters were found in the 587 BC destruction level and are clearly records of communication of Judah’s military in its final stand against Babylon written most likely in 589-588 BC.)

In Letter XX of the Lachish Letters the writer uses the date “the ninth year.” This is a reference to “the ninth year” of King Zedekiah. Second Kings 25:1 says, “So in the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the tenth month (January 15, 588 BC), Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works all around it.”

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will trust the Lord and live in obedience to his word and his ways.   "The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces
his mother."

- Proverbs 29:15
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2 Kings 14 Nehemiah 3 (445 BC) Ezekiel 9-10
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Understanding and Discovery of Spiritual Gifts

National Debt

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Standing on the Temple Mount near where the altar of burnt offering stood in Solomon's and Herod's temples. This view is looking east over the Kidron Valley at the Mount of read Ezekiel's vision in Ezekiel 43:1-5 Details of Jesus' Last Week on a map of Jerusalem from 30 AD. (More teaching here.)
Standing on the Temple Mount near where the altar of burnt offering stood in Solomon's and Herod's temples. This view is looking east over the Kidron Valley at the Mount of read Ezekiel's vision in Ezekiel 43:1-5 Details of Sunday of Jesus' Last Week on a map of
Jerusalem from 30 AD. (More teaching here.)
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