The Major Minor Prophet

 

So, the Rooted class talked about the prophet Daniel yesterday in our series on the Minor Prophets. There is only one small problem with that sentence. Daniel is not included in the list of minor prophets! I don’t know how it happened, but I went brain dead and included Daniel in this series. So, let’s just look at this topic as a bonus.Rooted in the Prophets

The Minor Prophets are those prophets that could all fit onto one scroll, and another often-used name for them is “The Twelve.” Daniel is the last of the Major Prophets in the way that the English Bible is structured. He was a phenomenal character whose biography is world class.

Taken from his home as a teenager and subject to a new culture’s laws, Daniel flourished in the foreign city of Babylon as a man who stood up for God’s Word in the midst of wicked people. He knew firsthand the difficulty of sifting through cultural dilemmas that leave us wondering which path to choose – resistance or accommodation. Many of us struggle with what practices to let go of because they don’t matter in the long run or to stand strong against because they compromise our love for Christ. Daniel was faced with that choice numerous times in his lifetime.

Do I serve a corrupt king who has killed some of my friends and family members?

Do I neglect the food laws that God gave to my people because I am no longer under the Israelite constitution?

Do I forsake prayer to my God or pray to the king alone?

These questions are difficult, and Daniel chose to take the difficult road time and again. He chose to serve the King of Babylon, bringing biblical wisdom to the court (Dan. 2:48); he chose to stand up and refuse food that God had told the Israelites to avoid (Dan. 1:8-10); and he chose to continue his prayer toward Jerusalem with the windows wide open for all to see when it was banned (Dan. 6:3-11).

Daniel is the example of making bold moves to follow God. Sometimes we try to think of ways to get ourselves out of potential difficulty by avoiding things that identify us as Christ-followers. While some look at bold statements as self-centered examples of fake religion, we must not be afraid to let people know that we put Christ first in all things. Not in a way that demeans others, but in a way that says we won’t compromise our lives for others.

Do we support entertainment that demeans people? Do we remove ourselves from conversations that are filled with wickedness and gossip? DO we make an effort to bring up spiritual topics with people?

We cannot be afraid to live for God. That entails risk, but an even greater reward.

-Pastor Sean