Daniel Greatly Beloved
Daniel 2:7, 10:11
Roland Allen tells about a veteran missionary who came up to him one day after he had delivered his sermon. The missionary introduced himself & said, "I was a medical missionary for many years in India.
And I served in a region where there was progressive blindness. People were born with healthy vision, but there was something in that area that caused people to lose their sight as they matured."
But this missionary had developed a process which would arrest progressive blindness. So people came to him & he performed his operation, & they would leave realizing that they would have become blind, but now they were going to be able to see for the rest of their lives.
He said that they never said, "Thank you," because that phrase was not in their dialect. Instead, they spoke a word that meant, "I will tell your name." Wherever they went, they would tell the name of the missionary who had cured their blindness. They had received something so wonderful that they eagerly proclaimed it.
How powerful and precious were the words of the angel when he spoke into the ears of Daniel- "O Daniel, a man greatly beloved. Daniel was greatly loved by the Lord. There was something in the character and conduct of this man Daniel that made it possible for the angel to make such a statement.
Let's look at some of the traits of character that made him "a man greatly beloved."
I. DANIEL THE MAN OF PURPOSE
Daniel was torn from his home and country and carried to Babylon but the influence of a good home and Godly parents no doubt enable him to make the decision he made. They burned into his soul the truth about sin and the Savior.
So at the critical time in his life he was able to turn his back on all that the world affords.
He would not allow heathen customs to erase any of the truth that he learned at home. Now Daniel had to make the kind of choice that you and I hath to make. I'm going to live for ...
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