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Week 26 Favour in Wisdom
April 8, 2013
Favour in WIsdom
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.
- Daniel 1:20
When there was a time when the kingdom of Jerusalem fell in the hands of the
Babyloninans, the king took upon himself exiles upon which to serve him in many duties . He ordered the commander of his army to pick out those who are fit to do the tasks there are in the palace. These chosen men were to be taught and trained In the manner of their ways. King Nebuchadnezzar has it in his mind that after many years, they were to be presented to him that he may take them to account. It was in this plan of the king that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were spared when the war was ongoing.
After many years of studying and training in the ways of the kingdom they were now in which was Babylon, Daniel and his friends were to be presented before the king. It was time that they show the result of how they were taken care of for this particular day. When they were still being taught, their instructor which was assigned for the task found favour in them among the rest. They were definitely different from their fellow exiles in a much better way. it was so that it wouldn’t come much of a surprise that king Nebuchadnezzar would also find this kind of perception in them.
The king asked them many questions to test their skills. He wanted to know their responses to each one. He took to account how they would present matters in his mind to the open. Their statements were surely much to his liking. He may have asked them things with concern to running the kingdom and even in things that go beyond which were of the same pleasant description he would have told of them.
There’s something in the number ten that greatly accostumes wisdom. Such is the number to take account. Daniel and his friends were definitely this many times better. In Ecclesiastes 7:19 , it clearly states that “wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city”. This gave them great prestige in the sight of the king
Indeed, Daniel and his friends were very much favoured by the king himself. They were much preferable than others in his kingdom. Even those before them couldn’t came to the level they were in. The magicians couldn’t compare to them as well as the astrologers. The magics or the scrolls they have regarding to the stars cannot surpasses how wise the four men were.
Why was it so? Why were they held up in high esteem that they were assigned positions of high ranking? How can they be so much greater than those in the kingdom? It came to be because the Lord found favour in them. Even before they were seen to be wise men by the king making them gain his much regard, the Lord saw them to be obedient to his word. It was in their ways that they vary themselves apart from any other. They seek to please him. They walked their days for the Lord’s delight and not for themselves. By keeping his commandments, the Lord’s favour was upon them. They were four persons whom the Lord can show his goodness to and on the remainder of their lives, they continued to be a reflection of his love.
Now, that is something noteworthy. May we live our days as they have. God bless,...