We have begun a new series entitled “Kingdoms in Conflict”. And over the last few weeks I have set the stage by talking about the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness; specifically in reference to Daniel in the Old Testament who was forced to leave a culture that was supposed to honour God and live in a counter-culture. This week we really start into how someone who is of the Light interacts with the kingdoms of the world. How should we conduct ourselves?
Daniel 1: 8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Up to this point, Daniel had endured some of the training of the heathen nation of Babylon; he had tolerated their instruction on issues relating to their literature and philosophy. But when it came to issues concerning his worship; the dietary laws that were associated to the law of Moses, he had to give a hard “no.”
How did he handle this issue? What are the implications of purposing in one’s heart not to defile themselves? How can we live in this present world understanding that we are “in” the world, but we are not “of” the world? John 17:14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
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