Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden god and are thrown into a fiery furnace because of their rebellion (Daniel 3:1 – 3:30)

King Nebuchadnezzar created a massive golden image that was 90-feet high and 9-feet wide. He placed the gold image in the plains of Dura in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all other officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. The officials arrived and stood before the monument. The herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do. As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe, and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up in the plains of Dura. Whoever does not fall down and worship the

Daniel interprets King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and earns his good graces (Daniel 2:19 – 2:49)

As the king was about to execute the wise men of Babylon, including Daniel and his friends (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah), God revealed Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its meaning to Daniel in a vision during the night. Daniel praised God and said: “Praise be to God forever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in the darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors. You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream

King Nebuchadnezzar demands the wise men tell him his dream – then Daniel and the wise men are sentenced to execution (Daniel 2:1 – 2:18)

  In the second year of his reign (603 BC), Nebuchadnezzar had more dreams. His mind was troubled and he could not sleep. The king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. Whey the arrived and stood before the king, he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.” The astrologer said to the king, “May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream and we will interpret it.” The king replied to the astrologer, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was, I will have you cut into pieces and your homes turned into piles of rubble. But if you

Nebuchadnezzar raids Jerusalem and takes Daniel and his companions to be his personal servants (Daniel 1:1 – 1:21)

It was the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, besieged Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar took King Jehoiakim and objects from the Great Temple to the temple of his god(s) in Babylonia. Nebuchadnezzar ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring some members of the royal family to him to serve in the royal palace. The subjects were to be men, without physical defect, handsome, intelligent, well informed, and quick to learn. They were to be taught the language and customs of Babylonia for three years before entering the king’s service. During the three years of indoctrination, they would be treated well, even receiving food from the king’s table. Among those chosen were young men from the house of Judah:

An introduction to Daniel – Detailed outline and introduction to the book of Daniel

Daniel is an account of the activities and visions of Daniel, a Jew of noble heritage who was exiled to Babylon. The message of Daniel demonstrates that just as the God of Israel saved Daniel and his friends from their enemies, so he would save all of Israel from their period of repression. Daniel is one of the most debated books in the Bible Daniel is oft-debated among biblical scholars. Several aspects of the book make it unique – and controversial. It was written in two languages (Hebrew and Aramaic) and narrated in two different voices (first person and third person). It is organized in an unusual two-part structure and has even been placed in various positions in the arrangement of books in the Hebrew bible. No