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Daniel is Taken to Babylon • Based on Daniel 1.
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked the city of Jerusalem, where a young man named Daniel lived. The king’s army captured Daniel. He and many others were taken from their homes and the lives they had known, and hauled off to Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar decided to take some of Jerusalem’s royal family and others of high rank and train them to serve in his palace. After three years of training, they would be tested to see if they could serve the king well. During their training they were to receive the finest food from Nebuchadnezzar’s own royal kitchen. But God had laid down rules for what he wanted his people to eat, and Nebuchadnezzar’s food broke some of God’s rules.
Now Daniel and three of his friends—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—were among those being trained. Daniel knew that the food being served at the school broke God’s rules, so he made up his mind to eat only food that God approved of. He asked the man in charge, Ashpenaz, for permission not to defile himself by eating the king’s food. Ashpenaz liked Daniel, but he told him, “I am afraid of Nebuchadnezzar! What happens when he sees you looking worse than the other young men? The king would have my head because of you.”
Daniel said, “Please test us for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then see how we look compared to the other young men who eat the royal food; treat us according to what you see.” So Ashpenaz agreed.
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better than any of the other young men. So the king’s food was taken away.
God blessed Daniel and his three friends and they became the best students in the school. Daniel could even understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
When the three years were up, Ashpenaz presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he was very impressed, so they entered the king’s service. In all matters of wisdom and understanding about which Nebuchadnezzar questioned them, he found them ten times better than anyone else in his whole kingdom.
Daniel spent the next 70 years in Babylon.
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