Noah, Daniel, & Job – Part 2

Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there, their righteousness would save no one but themselves, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezek 14:14 NLT
Last time I looked at why Noah is included in this trio of names.
Now let’s have a look at Daniel.
What do you remember about him?
Probably the lion’s den more than anything else; but there is also the handwriting on the wall, the 3 week fast, the vision of 70-weeks, and so much more.
A glimpse into his personal life reveals a man that is more concerned with his relationship with God than any other thing.
Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; Dan 1:8
Fear of God gave this man the strength to say “No” to eating the food the king had apportioned for him.
There was something about the food that probably violated the Mosaic Law; perhaps it was an unclean animal, an animal that had been prepared in an improper manner or something offered to idols.
It is said that Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. Dan 6:3
As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Dan 1:17
Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Dan 2:19
Daniel was a Godly man and he was not ashamed of his relationship with God, even under the threat of death.
That day arrived when there were those that wanted to accuse Daniel of anything bad but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” Dan 6:4-5
In order to accuse Daniel of something, they would have to do it by attacking his faith.
A scheme was cooked up that forbad anyone from praying to anyone except the king.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. Dan 6:10-11
There was a time when Daniel was troubled within himself and sought an answer from God.
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. Dan 10:2-3
Why is Daniel mentioned in Ezekiel 14:14?
He wanted Godly purity in his life.
He had an excellent spirit.
He was skilled in knowledge and understanding of visions and dreams.
He blessed God.
No fault could be found in him.
He did not deter from his worship and prayer time.
He humbled himself with fasting and prayer.

One thought on “Noah, Daniel, & Job – Part 2

  1. I am thinkful for many things, like this example of how we can live for our God. A Psalm 119 teaching yesterday brought out v.67 “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy Word.” We can see in Daniel’s live the reward of keeping God Word. This also explains why we are to be thankful at all times & in all things! God is in control (if we’ll let Him). Our steps are order by the all knowing, all powerful God, who can be against us, or what should we fear. To die would be our gain!

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