Lesson 1: You can do it the easy way or the hard way! Your choice!
Lesson 2: Humility is very important! Learn it and live it.
Lesson 3: Be a pleaser of God, not of man.
Lesson 4: Trust in the small things leads to trust in the big things.
1. Read verses 1-2. What happened to Jerusalem, the King of Judah and articles from the Temple? According to Deuteronomy 28:1-6, what did God promise for those who obey Him? Read Deuteronomy 28:15-19, 49-50 and 62-64; what did God promise for disobedience? How does the situation described in Daniel fulfill the promises of the Mosaic Covenant God made in Deuteronomy?
2. Read verses 3-8. Who did the king separate out from the other Jewish exiles? What was done with these people? Why do you think the king handled this group of people in this way? How did Daniel respond to this situation? Try to put yourself in the situation these people faced. How do you think you would have felt and responded to this situation?
3.Read verses 9-17. How would you summarize the conversation between Daniel and the Babylonian leadership? How can you see God’s protection and provision in the lives of Daniel and the other youth? How can you see God’s provision and protection in your life?
4. Read verses 18-21. How would you describe the king’s opinion of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah? How do you think it felt to be Daniel and his friends as they went before the king?
5. So what. What risks did Daniel take in only eating certain foods while exiled (see vs. 10)? What do you think motivated and enabled Daniel to take this stand? Would you be willing to take risks like this in order to obey God? Why or why not?