Introduction to Daniel – Daniel 1: 1-3
I. AN OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK
II. THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF DANIEL’S DAY
III. AN OVERVIEW OF DANIEL AND HIS TIMES
a. Characteristics of the man Daniel
Ezekiel 14:13-14 (NASB) 13 “Son of man, if a country sins against Me by committing unfaithfulness, and I stretch out My hand against it, destroy its supply of bread, send famine against it and cut off from it both man and beast, 14 even though these three men, Noah, Daniel and Job were in its midst, by their own righteousness they could only deliver themselves,” declares the Lord God.
Ezekiel 28:1-3 (NASB) 1 The word of the Lord came again to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because your heart is lifted up And you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods In the heart of the seas’; Yet you are a man and not God, Although you make your heart like the heart of God— 3 Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; There is no secret that is a match for you.
Matthew 24:15 (NASB) “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
b. Characteristics of the time of Daniel
1. The fall of Nineveh
2. The battle of Carchemish
3. The second deportation from Judah
Ezekiel 1:1-3 (NASB) 1 Now it came about in the thirtieth year, on the fifth day of the fourth month, while I was by the river Chebar among the exiles, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 2 (On the fifth of the month in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, 3 the word of the Lord came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and there the hand of the Lord came upon him.)
4. The fall of Jerusalem
2 Kings 25:7 They slaughtered the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, then put out the eyes of Zedekiah and bound him with bronze fetters and brought him to Babylon.