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Summary: A Summary of the book of Daniel

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Daniel – Summary

Daniel Outline

I. God’s Man in Babylon (1-6)

a. Daniel’s Preparation (1)

b. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (2)

c. The Fiery Furnace (3)

d. Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation (4)

e. Handwriting on the Wall (5)

f. The Lion’s Den (6)

II. God’s Prophet for Israel (7-12)

a. His Vision of the four beasts (7)

b. His vision of the Ram and the Goat (8)

c. His Vision of the 70 Weeks (9)

d. His Vision of Israel’s Tribulation and Triumph (10-12)

Message

I. God’s Man in Babylon (1-6)

a. Daniel’s Preparation (1)

The Babylonian monarch Nebuchadnezzar attacks and conquers Jerusalem. He orders Ashpenaz, the head palace official, to begin training some of the most promising Jewish captives for public service. Daniel (Belteshazzar, Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach), and Azariah (Abednego) are among those chosen.

Determined not to defile himself by eating the king’s food and wine, Daniel seeks permission to eat other, more wholesome food. The prince of the eunuchs feared death if the four Hebrews diet made them look worse. So Daniel suggests a 10 day test.

The result is that these four boys are healthier than the rest, and at the end of the training programme Nebuchadnezzar declares that the four young men are ten times smarter than all the magician and astrologers in his kingdom. Daniel now begins his service in Babylonian politics.

b. Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (2)

The king has a disturbing dream and he calls his wise men and commands them to tell him what he dreamt and what the dream means. As the wise men are unable to do this they are sentenced to death.

Daniel learns that he and his friends are among those to be executed, although absent from the initial meeting, and he asks the king for more time. After he and his friends pray, God tells Daniel the dream and its meaning, he then praises God for His omnipotence and omniscience.

Daniel reveals the dream to the king, he saw a huge statue with a gold head, silver chest and arms, brass belly and thighs, iron legs, and feet that were a mixture of iron and clay. Then a massive rock was cut out from a mountain and it struck the feet, smashing them to bits so that the whole statue collapsed.

Daniel then gives the dreams meaning. The statue represented four successive Gentile powers – Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. The Stone represented Christ and His coming Kingdom that will one day destroy this pagan power.

An amazed Nebuchadnezzar recognises the superiority of Daniels God and he appoints Daniel to be ruler over the entire province of Babylon as well as chief over all his wise men.

c. The Fiery Furnace (3)

Nebuchadnezzar builds a gold statue that is 90 feet high and 9 feet wide. All of the political leaders are summoned to the statues dedication and when the music plays all are to bow down and worship the gold statue. All those who refuse to bow down will be thrown into a fiery furnace.

The king is then told that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego have refused to bow down and the king offers the three men a second chance. They still refuse to bow. Nebuchadnezzar orders the men to be thrown into the furnace which has been heated 7 times hotter than usual.


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