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Using the Dimmed Light Seen #28

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more



In the previous article, I have introduced the sub-subtopic that I shall be talking on here, stating that on some occasions the dimmed light seen is being in the system, other than that what the policy makers were making or have made we shall be naïve to it. But because we are yet in the system we shall be able to use that to make positive changes in the world or system which we are in.

Some of Those Minute Lights Seen by The Ancients Continues – Being in the System Yet

Daniel is the person I shall be using as a prototype for this discussion. The King asks the Eunuch leader to select out of those who have been led prisoners of war and who were princes to be taught in the language and other things of the land.

Out of the selected princes, Daniel and three others were selected by the eunuch leader to be taught in the language of the land and the philosophy of the land.

However, attached to the special school they shall attend are some special benefits which include eating from the sumptuous things from the King’s table. They were to be given the best foods and drinks of the land because they were princes and had been exposed to the best things of their lands before being brought into the land of Babylon.

However, those four princes, among whom was Daniel decided that they would not take of the sumptuous foods of the land of Babylon because they considered those alien to their teachings and upbringing, therefore they implored in the strongest possible terms the leader assigned to their camp to absolve them of eating and drinking those things.

The leader assigned to them, Melzar, was initially afraid of granting their request, but when they implored him in the strongest possible terms ever, he obliged them albeit with a condition attached that he would place them under watch for ten days.

Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.

So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. (Dan. 1:11-14)

After the tenth day he saw remarkable difference in their mien, physique and therefore set their table apart from thenceforth.

Soon enough it was the time for the king to test all of them and when those princes were tested, they were found ten times better than the rest people who they had attended the Babylonian school together.

And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.

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And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. (Dan. 1:19-20)

Since this period they have been named among the philosophers, magicians, and astrologers of the land of Babylon.

They Were Yet to be Reckoned With:

Since they were naïve philosophers among the team of philosophers in the land, they have not became a force to be reckoned with. Just as we know that naïve people in a field would not be reckoned with at the inception except they have proved themselves beyond every reasonable doubts. This was what happened to this four newly inducted philosophers in the country of island they were no forces to be reckoned with by the king neither the cabinet members nor other leaders in the land of Babylon.

Daniel and the Three Carved a Niche for Themselves:

After they have been taken to the school and they have been introduced to the rare benefits that they are entitled to, Daniel and his friends decided not to toe the line, thence they requested that special favor be granted them by the master of the eunuchs.

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.

Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. (Dan. 1:8-12)

The Bible Explained: Daniel

The Incident They Were Not Aware Of:

It was during this period that what was during this period when they were still under scrutiny and studies by the leaders and the head philosophers and astrologers of the land that the unexpected happened in the land of Babylon and what happened affects directly the King of the land who was King Nebuchadnezzar.

The incident that happened was that the King dreamt a dream and he was in total darkness as per the dream for he couldn’t remember an iota of the dream, however the only thing the king remembers was that he dreamt a dream which was terrifying and which calls for attention.

And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. (Dan. 2:1)

By the upbringing of the King, he knows that the magicians, the astrologers and the philosophers of the country could make “just” anything happen thence he decided to call for them to bring this to pass, to resolve the conundrum within his heart, to relieve if not totally eliminate the burden in his heart.

I will continue with the exegesis in the next article.


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