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The Trials of Great Bible Characters (8 of 15)
The Trial of Daniel
Clarence E. Macartney
The grandest object upon which the sun looks down
today is a man of high moral character. Crimson autumn
forest, towering mountain, vast ocean, endless desert-
these are nothing in majesty compared with a man of
noble character. He need not be a famous man, but if
he is a man of high moral principles, and stands true
to them, come what may, he is the most majestic, the
most influential and the most inspiring force in the
When God, through the prophet Ezekiel, was pronouncing
the coming doom and judgment upon apostate Jerusalem,
as a sign of the certainty of its doom and the
irrevocableness of the decree of judgment, he said:
"Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, ...they
shall but deliver their own souls by their
righteousness." In other words, Daniel is mentioned as
one of the three men in Old Testament history, up to
that time, whose reputation and influence were the
greatest and who, if any, could have saved Jerusalem
from its fate. The influence of Daniel has been
greater with young men, I suppose, because of his
moral courage and his stand for right, than that of
any other character in the Bible, with the possible
exception of Joseph. From age to age he inspires young
men. If more young men would imitate Daniel, there
would be fewer wrecks upon the shores of time. Some of
the characters of the Bible instruct us not only by
their virtues, but by their sins and their repentance.
Among these are Noah, Jacob, David, Solomon, and
Peter. But Daniel instructs us by his virtues and by
his resistance to temptation and sin.
The First Trial
Daniel was one of the four young Hebrews selected out
of the captives from Jerusalem to be educated for the
public service at Babylon. They were young men of
splendid physique, alert mind, good disposition, and
spirit. You can imagine how they ...
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