Daniel 1-6 

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.

2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes;

4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

Daniel was extracted from his home around 15 years old. His parents were apparently killed in the siege of Jerusalem. In a moment he was without a family, a home, a culture, a place for his worship, and away from his friends and families surroundings to a foreign place that resembled nothing he was accustomed to.

Daniel was hand selected for his intelligence and gene pool. When in a foreign place and having interaction with government. He didn’t lam-blast or impugn their religion, way of life, or any other difference he was not accustomed to. However, he simply invited people to watch his life. Through developing relationship and earning their respect and honor; it gave him access to influence their lives. The standard of excellence created an attraction in the hearts of the spectators.

This ultimately led to the public announcement that the one true living God was the only true God by the most wicked king ever to live. The wealth, power, prestige, and academia all fell to the infinite power of God through a man written off as never succeeding. Instead of becoming a slave to circumstances, opportunistic excuses, and victimization, he rode the power of the Spirit to becoming the most powerful man in Babylon.

Being number two is not a place of insignificance or a position of powerlessness. Joseph never rose to number one in the Egyptian Dynasty of Pharaoh. However, he influenced the leadership and singlehandedly flourished them in the 7 years of famine. Daniel, similarly never became number one in Babylon, but influenced the most powerful man on the earth – Nebuchadnezzar. We often say, the man may be the head of the household but the wife (the neck) turns the head. God may never make you the CEO but if that person honors you, then you can influence the entire direction of a company from the backseat. In other words, we don’t need a title to do it, we only need the favor and anointing of God to accomplish His will from wherever we are stationed in life.

Refuse it, refute it, or simply attempt to explain it away, but the truth remains in the undeniable experience and historical fact of a prideful king submitting to the authority of an All Mighty God.

Not only do we have role, but a goal. That role is a functioning consistent Gospel expression through every avenue of physical exposure to a sight-seeing world. The goal is the overpowering of a fallen stubbornness, not by the sword, but by attributes of kindness, patience, love, long suffering… so they are not formed to a religion, but by an inner witness of Christ who saved them. Burning those repercussions in the conversion of a hopeless soul to a resurrected bloom in full fragrance of a new nature.

Where they to, will proclaim there is only one true living God, not the god of materialism or self exaltation.

Reuben Egolf

Senior Pastor of Mt. Calvary Tabernacle

Chairman of the United States Global Leadership Council

CAO of Project One Inc. a division of ECOSOC of the United Nations

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