COURAGE & CHARACTER
Two films that have captured my imagination in the last few years have been “Braveheart” and “Gladiator”. Both these movies capture the heart of men that dared to defy empires by their sheer courage. As one watches these sweeping epics, their majestic scenery and their stories of intrigue, tragedy and triumph, I am often impressed by one thing that captivates my spirit. The bravery of these men. Even though they are fictional characters, the story-lines in these stories have been consistently an inspiration to me and have also been to a generation of young men throughout the world.
The Bible has its own share of courageous men and women. From people who defied empires and withstood the onslaught of evil, to the ones who in a moment made the right choice that changed the course of history. Some were warriors, others were prophets and some just used their God given abilities and their devotion to God in making their statement to their generation.
Daniel was one of those men who used his God given wisdom to enlighten a king and his kingdom. Specifically, I wish to concentrate on some key things that are seen in chapters 1 & 2 of the narrative which show the courage and character of this young Hebrew. In chapter 1 we are introduced to a number of the young men from the aristocracy and nobility of
Daniel’s abilities were much more than skills in learning the Babylonian culture, language and all kinds of knowledge understanding. He had an ability to interpret dreams and see visions. As many kings of those days they relied on wise men, enchanters and magicians as stated in verse 20 but Daniel and his friends wisdom and understanding superseded them all.
In chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him. As usual he brought in the astrologers, enchanters and magicians that he relied upon for wisdom. The king was very keen on getting the right answer and decided that they needed to tell him the dream instead of them hearing what it was and attempting to interpret it. The wise men were unable to do this and ultimately the king ordered them to be executed. When Daniel received this information he requested from the official in charge an audience with the king in which requested some time. He did not ask for the dream to be told to him but rather he would tell the king; which is exactly what the king required. Daniel returned to his friends in chapter 2 and verse 17 & 18 to request they would join him in asking the God of Heaven for mercy in this situation. The result of failure would be that all the wise men of
What we see in Daniel is courage and character; an ability to stand up for his faith in the face of possible death and fierce opposition. The result for him was a promotion to a high position in the
By: Pastor David Jones