The Clear Word 

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DANIEL 1:6-7


[6] Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:  [7] Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.

 
Now for the next humiliation.  To strip these Jewish youngsters of their Jewish identities.  Nebuchadnezzar will attempt this by stripping them of their Jewish names and giving them Babylonian names.  We see this attempt with Daniel and three of his companions Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
 
Daniel is a Jewish name which means God's prince.  It was changed to Belteshazzar which means Bel's prince.  Bel was a Babylonian pagan/satanic god.
 
The Jewish name Hananiah means mercy of Yahweh.  His name was changed to Shadrach which means command of Aku.  Aku was the Babylonian pagan/satanic god of the moon.
 
The Jewish name Mishael means what God is.  His name was changed to Meshach.  Meshach is the Babylonian name which means who is like Aku?
 
Azariah is a Jewish name which means whom Yahweh helps.  His name was changed to the Babylonian name Abednego.  Abednego is a Babylonian name which means servant of Nebo who is another pagan/satanic god of Babylon.


DANIEL 1:8



[8] 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.
 

In verse 8, Daniel has grown tired of the humiliation.  And being told that he has to eat/drink food which has been sacrificed to the Babylonian satanic/pagan idols is just too much.  Regardless of the consequences, Daniel is not going to eat this food, even if necessary, upon pain of death.   Please note here Acts 15:29.
 
ACTS 5:29...WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.


DANIEL 1:9



[9] Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

 
The English word favor comes from the Hebrew word checed/kheh'-sed.  It has to do with a merciful and tender love.
 
In order for Daniel and his companions to live for God as they would need to in Babylon, God would have to go before them and prepare the hearts of the authorities around them.  Notice, Daniel did have to be boisterous, braggadocios nor confrontational.  God had already prepared his way.



DANIEL 1:10


[10] And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king.

 
Daniel's overseer was afraid that if the king saw that Daniel and his companions looked underfed and emaciated, that the king would have the overseer's head.