- The generations from Abraham to David
- From David until the carrying away into Babylon
- From the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ
- Each of those three eras were 14 generations
- Mary became pregnant by the Holy Ghost
- An angel told Joseph to not fear to take Mary, and how Jesus would be born
- Joseph did what he was told
- The Lord gave the king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar
- Nebuchadnezzar told Ashpenaz to prepare some of the children to stand before him
- Daniel, Shardach, Meshach, and Abednego were included, and they received new names
- Melzar consented to Daniel's proposition for a 10-day trial of an alternative diet
- God gave the four children great gifts and abilities
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.
Daniel was determined to avoid doing these things when it would have been wrong for him to do them. When we know that it would be wrong for us to do something, we should purpose in our hearts to not do it.
There are many videos including movies, TV, and online videos, that are wrong to display and watch. I'll be determined to avoid watching videos that I know shouldn't watch.
Blessed [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust...(v4)
- How Christ came and brought to light the law of God, to be not in sacrifices, but in our hearts
- The evil will be desolate, but the Lord will think on those who seek Him
- A time to keep silence and a time to speak
- The brevity and vanity of human life
- Hope in the Lord
- The judgement for sin
- Our need for the Lord's deliverance
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee.
What things do we wait for, and hope for? That's a good question to ask ourselves. The things of this human life are temporary, and at best, vanity. We need to make sure that our hope is in the Lord.
I'll ask myself what my hope is in, to make sure that the Lord is what I'm waiting for.
And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
Lot received the two angels with great hospitality...and they ended up being merciful to Lot and delivering him from the terrible judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. Once again, let's take this example of the importance of showing great hospitality to people.
And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw [them], he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
Abraham might not have realized, right away, that these three
three men represented the Lord. We should follow Abraham's example to take opportunities to show hospitality and do good to strangers.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.