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Jeremiah 29:1-14; Daniel 1

Jeremiah 29:1-14; Daniel 1

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I. Observations on Jeremiah 29:1-14

1. It was the LORD who took the Jews of Jerusalem and Judea to Babylon
2. When they were in Babylon as slaves, the LORD was actively working in their lives
3. As much as God was present in Jerusalem and Judea, so much was He present in Babylon
4. The LORD had a plan for the Jews who were in Exile
5. The LORD’s plan was to prosper the Jews; the Exile was not to harm them
6. The LORD’s plan for the Jews was filled with hope

7. Therefore, the Exiled Jews were commanded to:

(a) Call upon Him—pray (verse 12)
(b) Seek Him with all their heart (verse 13)
(c) Find Him (verse 14)

II. (One of the Exiled Jews who obeyed Jeremiah 29:1-14) Daniel’s Profile (verses 3-5)

1. Royal descent—may be from the tribe of Judah
2. Healthy, young, and handsome
3. Aptitude for every kind of learning—comprehension
4. Well informed and quick to understand
5. Ability to serve in the palace
6. A privileged education and linguist
7. Privileged diet
8. Opportunity to achieve a privileged position

III. Daniel’s resolution

1. Not to defile himself with royal food but eat just vegetables and water (verse 8)
2. While remaining faithful to his vocation, he would remain faithful to God (verse 8)

3. While serving in the foreign kingdom, he would not loose his Jewish identity (verse 8, cf. 6:10)

(a) He would rather be alone or in minority than flow with the crowd
(b) He would not sacrifice his future for the present

IV. Daniel’s risks (ch. 1)

1. To refuse the royal diet could have been construed as an insult to the king and as an act of disobedience to king’s orders
2. Pressure from his peers most certainly made the decision difficult
3. By choosing this course of action, Daniel was setting himself apart from the others
4. The quality of food would have been attractive and best in the land
5. Their new location may have tempted them to be unfaithful

V. The result of his stand

1. God favored Daniel’s decision by granting him favor with the officer (verse 9, 12-14)
2. God favored Daniel with health and look (verse 15)
3. God gave Daniel wisdom (verse 17)
4. God blessed Daniel with long life (verse 21)

VI. Lessons from Daniel

1. Just because the superiors and authorities are favorable to a believer, he/she must not do everything they tell them to do

2. Just because several things are available to a believer, they need not be appropriate for them

3. Your character gets developed when you learn to handle your prosperous, friendly moments

4. When a believer’s heart is in the right place, God will (may) send help from places they normally do not expect

5. Without your permission, your surrounding cannot touch you

VII. Jesus rejected Satan’s suggestions for compromises and to live for the moment (cf. Matthew 4:1-10)

1. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light

2. Why do people compromise?

(a) Identity issues
(b) Insufficient commitment to God
(c) Lack of drive to achieve God’s dream for their lives (Jeremiah 29:11)

VIII. Take Away

Make your decisions based on God’s plan for your life and avoid living for the moment

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org