Pastor Dan Rude
January 7th, 2012
Building Convictions that Last THE BOOK OF DANIEL IN CONTEXT • Time period of events: 605-530 B.C. • Daniel is divided up into two halves: Chapter 1-6 is historical, Chapter 7-12 is predictive • Daniel portrays God's extraordinary faithfulness during times of difficulty • Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah lived in Judah at the same time • God promises in Deuteronomy 28 that the exile would happen because of Israel's disobedience • The Northern Kingdom of Israel was taken over before Judah because of their sin in spite of Isaiah's warning
NEBUCHADNEZZAR, KING OF BABYLON 1. Nebuchadnezzar's goal was brainwashing • New language, land, and literature (Daniel 1:4) • New food, new drink, new pleasures (Daniel 1:5) • New names (Daniel 1:7) 2. The goal of brainwashing was to get rid of their God • When people don't serve God they become much easier to manipulate • Daniel determined that he would not defile himself with the king's food or drink (Daniel 1:8) • Daniel did not compromise
Do you have real convictions?
... or do you just sway back and forth based on the culture or your desires?
DANIEL'S CONVICTION nn Daniel knew he needed to be different • The commands and promises in God's word are set up for a holy God with a holy people • Daniel needed be be different from the Babylonians but also from his Jewish peers
• You will either fit in with the world and not fit in with God, or you will fit with God and not fit in with the world (James 4:4)
Where are you going to fit?
... "where God draws the line, I draw the line." • Before you start building convictions, you need to get to a place where you are OK with not fitting in (2 Timothy 2;20-22)
Pastor Dan Rude begins a series on the Old Testament book of Daniel. Dan talks about building convictions that last a lifetime.