Absorbing God's People into a Worldly Kingdom

Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon defeated Judah. Nebuchadnezzar then took certain Jews back to Babylon that they might serve in his kingdom. He wanted them fully absorbed into his kingdom, as demonstrated by these words, “And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-nego” (Daniel 1:5-7).
The king wanted the Jews to eat and drink as the Babylonians did, to know what they knew, and to have names as they had.
As you read you will discover that the Jews accepted some things, but had to turn down other things, even risking their lives in the process. Wisdom dictated that some things were acceptable because they did not affect one’s relationship with God, but other things did and those had to be rejected, regardless of the cost!
Do you want to be like Daniel and his friends? Then seek their discernment in all matters of the world, that you might know what to accept and what to reject.

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