Describe the events of Daniel 1 in your own words.
Why did God give his people over into exile in Babylon? (1:2) What are some of the tactics that Babylon used to try and subjugate the people of Israel? (1:2-7) Why do you think they did this?
How did Daniel respond to many of Babylon’s orders? Why do you think that he has such a strong conviction about the meat and wine in particular? (1:5, 8)
Why do you think that the Babylonian chief looked on Daniel with “favor and compassion”? (1:9) How can we, like Daniel, position ourselves to receive favor and compassion from people around us?
What is the result of the “test” (1:12) that Daniel requests? (1:5-16)
What are some ways that Daniel shows flexibility, and willingness to live in harmony with Babylon wherever he can (even if it means he has to give up his preferences)? How can we demonstrate this same posture in our lives as Christians today?
What are some ways where Daniel exhibits bold courage, and refuses to compromise on his convictions (even if it means he might suffer for it)? How can we demonstrate this same posture in our lives as Christians today?
How do we see the gospel of Jesus embedded within this chapter? Where can we see themes like the sovereignty of God, the sinfulness of man, and the God’s work to save and redeem his people?