Danielserved respected positions in the administrations of manyMedo-Persian and Babylonian rulers such as Nebuchadnezzar, Darius,Cyrus, and Belshazzar. A faithful man of God, Daniel was an importantfigure to the Jewish. As such, this paper will evaluate Daniels worksfocusing on his interaction with the kings of Babylon and Persia. Itwill also entail his visions and the future of the Israelites.
Asentailed in the Book of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar ends the JewishKingdom and captures them destroying Jerusalem in the process. Hethen took all the royals and noble young men while employing theformer treasures of the temple to decorate his own gods’ houses. Assuch, Nebuchadnezzar was not only an enemy of the Jews but their God.Therefore, the first challenge the Israelites faced entailed worship.Though they had sinned and compelled God to punish them by allowingtheir capture, worshipping became a problem while in captivity. Theywere forced to worship other gods as instructed by Nebuchadnezzar [ CITATION Ele11 l 1033 ].
Whilecapturing the Jews, the King ordered that high-born young men whowere good looking and intelligent would serve in his court. Danielwas included in this team. Together with Hanania, Azariah, andMichael, they had no blemish. While interacting with the King ofBabylon, Daniel, and the three young men were found to be wise thanany other men. Daniel could interpret visions and dreams. Due totheir level of wisdom, they were included in the King’s personalservice. It came a time when Nebuchadnezzar had dreams that could notbe interpreted by any of his magicians, Chaldeans, sorcerers, andconjures. But Daniel with the revelation from God was able tointerpret the visions. Daniel interacted with the King to the extentthat he began believing in the true God [ CITATION Shi13 l 1033 ].
Underthe Persian rule, Daniel interacted with Darius and Cyrus as theyassisted in the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Under their reign, hecontinued to prosper since they were mostly interested in paying thetax rather than worshipping of other gods. When Darius came intopower, he restructured the administration putting Daniel as one ofthe three vice-regents over a certain section of the realm. However,due to Daniel’s intelligence, he was promoted to take charge of theentire kingdom. Due to his exemplary conduct and wisdom, othergovernors and vice-regents became jealous and strived to find ablemish in him. At this juncture, a decree was made to pray to onlythe king and no other gods. Daniel was prevented from praying to Godwhich he did not obey. Though King Darius never found a blemish inDaniel, the conspirators ensured he was punished when he was foundpraying. He ended up in a den of lions where God protected him. Itwas from this happenings that the King believed in the true God andproclaimed that He should be served across his Kingdom [ CITATION Ele11 l 1033 ].
Significanceof Daniel’s faithful living in exile
Daniel’slife in exile was significant in several ways. Through hisfaithfulness, he created a community of like-minded individuals whohad privileges and were never enslaved. Since Daniel resisted theunlawful luxuries while in captivity, God protected him from anydangers. In one instance, he was thrown into a furnace together withhis faithful friends and the den of lions. In all these places, Godprotected him and the rest of the faithful. When dealing with theKing’s commanders, Daniel used tact to answer any queries. He alsointerpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams which continually strengthenedhis peaceful stay. Daniel’s life in exile is a lesson to thecontemporary world that God is always faithful. He protects those whotrust Him. Daniel developed a unique identity while in exile due tohis faithfulness to God. Through him, the respected people such asKing Darius and Nebuchadnezzar believed in the true God [ CITATION Zon12 l 1033 ].
Daniel’svisions about the future of Israel
Danielprophesied about the rise of Medo-Persia, Roman, and Greek empireseven during the Babylonian realm. It was Daniel who first prophesiedthat the days in captivity were almost over. He acted as if themessianic kingdom was about to happen since God’s word had beenestablished. While he knew confession of sins was paramount to therealization of the prophecy, Daniel prayed to ensure the same asentailed in the Daniel 9:3-19. In this chapter, Daniel acknowledgedthe sins and asked for mercy from God. He pleaded for God’s gracewhich was sufficient and requested the fulfillment of His promises.As such, Daniels visions illustrated that the days of captivity werealmost over [ CITATION Pet112 l 1033 ].
InDaniel 9:24, Angel Gabriel appeared to help Daniel to comprehend theconcept of the messianic kingdom as well as the timetable. It was inDaniel’s era when Gabriel revealed the purpose of the 70 sevens.They were to achieve six key purposes i.e. finish transgression, makean end of sins, make reconciliation for iniquity, bring everlastingrighteousness, seal the visions and prophecy, and anoint the holiest[ CITATION Pet112 l 1033 ].
Inconclusion, Daniel was a significant prophet during the exile period.The aspects entailed in the book continue to be helpful to thecurrent generations. While in exile, the Jews faced numerouschallenges, especially concerning worship. His days in exileillustrate how faith in God is an assurance of our own protectionfrom any kind of challenges. His interaction with the Persian andBabylonian leaders helped to uplift the name of God above all othergods. As such, the life of Daniel was vital to the Jews as well asthe current generations, particularly concerning faith.
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