Daniel’s Wise Appeal

Text: Daniel 1:8-16

Scriptural conviction

  • Daniel 1:8 – Daniel purposed in his heartwould not defile himself
  • Check your heart first
  • Scriptural convictions will be heard by God
  • Desire to please God & keep your conscience pure
  • This is not about opinions – “My way” – not about getting your way
  • Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Respect God’s Order

  • Daniel 1:8 – therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself
  • This takes faith because you’ve got to trust that God is truly in control of this thing.
  • Daniel didn’t:
    • Make threats to Melzar. That would’ve been a disaster.
    • Seek to go over Melzar’s head.
    • Usurp or undermine anyone’s authority.
  • Don’t ask God to bless something while you’re being disobedient to get it done. “Lord I’m going to do something you don’t approve of, but I want the results of this to be blessed though.”
  • Never do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.
  • Acts 5:37, Judas leads many away in a tax rebellion and he is killed and the people dispersed – why? God won’t bless something that ignores His order of things

Make a humble appeal

  • Not an offensive appeal or a demand or ultimatum.
  • Daniel 1:12 – I beseech thee…
  • Your carnal mind believes that in order to affect change a force of will must be present

Let the consequences be up to God

  • Daniel 1:13 – as though seest, deal with thy servants…
  • resolve beforehand that if this doesn’t go “my way” I will accept it
  • Give God an opportunity to work.

Limit the appeal

  • Daniel 1:12 – prove thy servants ten days
  • Figure a time frame to work in and limit your “experiment”
  • The idle threat of “never” and “always – , “I’m never going to do it this way again!” or “You’re always doing that!” is just fodder for fighting
  • understand where he’s coming from.
  • Alternative plan, let’s test it 10 days instead of, “I’m never going to do it this way again!” or “You’ll never get me to do that.”