Today as I read (Mark 5, Ezekiel 48 and Daniel 1) countless amazing things happened! I’ll go into detail about Mark 5 a little bit later but the thing I loved the most, the thing that spoke to me the most was Daniel 1.
Nebuchadnezzar brought people from Israel and Judah, young men of good stature, smart and teachable to really conform their customs and beliefs to that of Chaldea and Babylon. They were to be taught in the customs and literature of the Chaldeans.
The four young men that this chapter speaks of are Daniel, Mishael, Hananiah and Azariah. They were the finest young men that were brought to the King. As is custom they were expected to eat the kings food and drink the kings drink as they studied. This was defilement as the Babylonians were a pagan idol worshipping culture.
There were probably thousands of young men, much like these four that were brought to do the same thing. But why tell the story of these four?
THEY WERE DIFFERENT. THEY STOOD UP AGAINST THE CULTURAL EXPECTATIONS.
Daniel requested twice to eat something other than what the Babylonians had prepared. Finally a servant after being approached by Daniel about their request, offered this response, “Why should he see that you are in worse condition than the other youth?” David responded, “Test your servants”. He asked to be given, instead of the kings planned food, for vegetables and water, and after that see if the results were different.
So the servant allowed it, and they waited for the ten days to see what the results would be. Ten days passed and they saw the difference.
The four boys were in better condition than the others, not only that but they allowed for ALL the other’s to eat the vegetables and water so they wouldn’t defile themselves either!
The thing I love is that not only did they stay pure to God but by standing up for what they believed in they were able to impact thousands of their brothers.
What would have happened had they not stood up? What would have happened if they would have bowed to Nebuchadnezzar’s idol?
We don’t know. What we do know is they stood up for their beliefs, for their God. It made an impact for themselves and thousands of others also. Things that we could see as minuscule and unimportant become the things that God wants to show His glory in the most. We can’t overlook the little things while expecting big things. God wants to reveal Himself in BIG ways through little expectations.