“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” (Daniel 1:8a).

Is Daniel merely jealous for the Law of Moses here, or is there a
greater motivation? The point here is really not the meat or the
drink, but the purposing in Daniel’s heart not to defile himself.
That there is one who would even make such a purpose is astounding,
considering the circumstances. The easiest thing to do is to just go
along with things, accept them as they are, and not make any trouble.
But thank God for that decision! Daniel purposed in his heart – a
flame was kindled, and the longer he thought about it, the hotter the
fire burned.

While the others were eating and drinking, Daniel motioned to his
three friends, and whispered, “Eat mine if you will have it – but I
will not sin against the Lord in this thing!” And the three brothers,
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, agreed that they would not eat the
meat or drink the wine either. Hallelujah! This is what the Lord is
after – a small company of two or three, gathered together under a
covenant that they will stand for the Testimony of the Lord, for
something Heavenly, regardless of the cost!


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