Summary: If there is anything greater than God’s name, it is His precious Word to man. If his Word is not truth, His name is meaningless.
Daniel 1: 1 -- 2.
All the words in the world find themselves inadequate to describe this book of all books. In Psalms 138: 2 David, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit wrote, “I will worship toward Thy holy Temple, and praise Thy name for Thy loving kindness and for Thy truth; for Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy name.” If there is anything greater than God’s name, it is His precious Word to man. If his Word is not truth, His name is meaningless.
If the liberals could remove one book from the Bible, then Daniel would no doubt be the book. One liberal said that Daniel was written after the events happened and put in the foam of prophecy to make it interesting reading. But he is wrong and to be pitied.
Now the Old Testament comes to us in three divisions. 1 -- the Pentateuch or the law is the first five books of the Old Testament. 2 -- the prophets, which consist of what is called the former and later. The former profits consist of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. The latter profits consisted of three major profits, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and twelve minor profits, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. 3 -- there is the poetic books, Job, Psalms, and Proverbs. Also there is the historical books that consist of Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Daniel.
So if we call Daniel a history book we would be correct and if we call it a prophecy book we would also be correct. Because part of the book is prophecy things yet to happen.
Much more could be said in the introduction of this book but we will get into the first 2 vs.. And as we open chapter 1 we see in the first two vs. THE DEPORTATION OF JUDAH.
Judah taken into captivity by Babylon was God’s judgment. It was told them by the prophets that if they disobeyed God’s rules and laws they would lose their land and homes to the king of Babylon. Isaiah wrote, “then said Isaiah to Hezekiah, hear the word of the Lord of host; behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shall beget, shall they take away: and they shall be eunuchs in the Palace, the king of Babylon.”
Now there were repeated acts of disobedience on the part of the Jews. Let me just give you one of them. Very early in the nation’s history God set forth a proposition for His people. That proposition concerned the use of the soil for farming. It was known as the law of the land. The law stated that the land was to be tilled and planted for six years and that every seventh year the soil would remain idle. There would be no farming on the seventh year. God’s command was accompanied by the assurance that enough food would be produced in six years to provide for the people during the Sabbath year.
In Leviticus 26 God said you shall keep my Sabbath’s. You see the Sabbath was made for man but never given to man. The Sabbath belongs to God.