Daniel 1:8-9 says, “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and sympathy to Daniel.”
Daniel was committed to purity.
After the Israelites had been overtaken by Babylon (modern day Iraq), He had resolved not to defile himself with the new King’s meat or wine.
- The 1st half of the kings meat went to be sacrificed to their gods, so it was ceremonially unclean
- The wine was poured out on to the alter of their gods as well, so it was seen as mocking
Throughout the Book of Daniel we see examples; examples for us to follow of Daniel’s resolve as a follower of God. Daniel followed boldly, without fear.
- He resolved obedience to God’s Word
- He resolved to pray
- He resolved to honor God
What have you resolved?
Our prayer here at Pizza Ranch this morning is for all of us to follow Daniel’s lead; that we resolve ourselves to obedience to God’s Word, to prayer, and to honor God in all we do. And that we do it without fear. Lord, may it be so.