8 But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself. 9 And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in the sight of the chief of the eunuchs, 10 and the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who assigned your food and your drink; for why should he see that you were in worse condition than the youths who are of your own age? So you would endanger my head with the king.” 11 Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had assigned over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, 12 “Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat the king’s food be observed by you, and deal with your servants according to what you see.” 14 So he listened to them in this matter, and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who ate the king’s food. 16 So the steward took away their food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
17 As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all literature and wisdom, and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. 18 At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. 19 And the king spoke with them, and among all of them none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Therefore they stood before the king. 20 And in every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom. 21 And Daniel was there until the first year of King Cyrus.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Da 1:8–21). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
“a gentleman of complete integrity”
synonyms: honesty, uprightness, probity, rectitude, honour, honourableness, upstandingness, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, nobility, high-mindedness, right-mindedness, noble-mindedness, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness
“I never doubted his integrity”
the state of being whole and undivided.
“upholding territorial integrity and national sovereignty”
synonyms: unity, unification, wholeness, coherence, cohesion, undividedness, togetherness, solidarity, coalition
“internal racial unrest threatened the integrity of the federation”
The word for today is ‘integrity‘. I always go back to a time when I studied Daniel in Precept Upon Precept. An in-depth study of Scripture. I started studying Scripture this way and it makes for easy easy easy for me and I have learned so much from pure Scripture that is not tainted by the world and its issues. Just Scripture issues in the first century church. I can translate Scripture back to its original language to comprehend the original intent of the author by its cross-references and coupled by a good commentary. I like to fill my mind totally with the words of the Scripture. I’m set apart. I love to study God’s Word and live it out. Think this is the intention of the Lord God Almighty.
17 It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Le 3:17). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
13 And the LORD said, “Thus shall the people of Israel eat their bread unclean, among the nations where I will drive them.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Eze 4:13). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
3 They shall not remain in the land of the LORD,
but Ephraim shall return to Egypt,
and they shall eat unclean food in Assyria.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ho 9:3). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
As we examine the cross references of only the word ‘defile’ we find that eating of the unclean food does not only necessarily mean food that is unclean but the things that are unclean that we allow into our hearts. Or the things that are not of the Lord. We find what is not of God in Scripture. It is simple.
So I hear the words ‘You are Jesus’ and I look up the song that is for me today and what a surprise I have found. This is what Jesus is singing to me.
Cool Lord Jesus. I love You Lord Jesus. Thank You for today and for the song You have sent to me. Thank You for the freedom of writing about You and Scripture and just the freedom to write about You You You Lord.
And so, I dance.
Thank You for Your love Lord Jesus. Your banner over me is love.
Anyone with me.
Lamentation 3:23 (ESV)
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.