Knowing Where to Draw the Line

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Daniel 1:1-16

We embark this month on a journey through a book of the Bible that most of us know little about except the fiery furnace and the lion’s den. Our text tells us that in 605 B.C., some 18 years before the fall of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, took some vessels from Solomon’s Temple to put them in the house of his god. At the same time he took some young men with the intent of training them in the wisdom, knowledge and learning of Babylon. Among these were Daniel and three others who will figure prominently in today’s story.

Daniel was a teenager, but he was very soon faced with an adult challenge. Meat had first been offered in sacrifice to the gods of Babylon. Daniel and his companions see a line drawn before them. But they chose not to cross it. The outcome proves they made the right choice. This offers encouragement for any who are faced with the temptation to compromise.

When Jesus was offered all the kingdoms of the world if he would worship Satan, he replied, “No way.” Does standing true to God’s revealed will and to one’s conscience result in disaster? Or freedom in God’s protection?


Lord, we too face temptations to compromise our loyalty to you. Thank you for examples like Daniel and Jesus. Amen.