The Small Test with Big Results Index

In our study of the book of Daniel, we have discovered that Daniel and his friends faced test after test. In every instance they stood true to God. In Lesson 3 we briefly examined the initial test that Daniel and his friends faced, as revealed in Daniel 1. The fact that they stood true to principle in that seemingly easy test when all the other Hebrews compromised, enabled them to stand faithful to God on all subsequent tests.

We have also learned that the stories of the book of Daniel illustrate the predictions of the prophecies. We have seen that the prophecies predict that the people of God will go through a crisis at the close of human history. The only ones who stood firm for truth in Daniel's day were those who passed the diet test in Chapter 1. Could it be that the ones who will stand firm for God in the final days of earth's history are those who likewise pass a simular test?

In this lesson we wish to re-examine Daniel 1, study in greater detail the test that Daniel faced, and then look at its implications for our day.

Daniel and His Friends Face the Test
1. What did the king allow Daniel and his friends to eat? Daniel 1:5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Daniel and his friends were offered the best that Babylon had. However, what the world thinks is good many times is not really the best. God had something better for His children, and Daniel and his friends knew that.
2. What decision did Daniel make regarding the king's wine and food? Daniel 1:8 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. Daniel and his friends knew that if they were going to remain true to God in this heathen court, they must not weaken their minds by eating the rich food and drinking the wine of the king. They realized that they must partake only of simple, nutritious food that would keep their minds pure and clear.
3. What was the result of Daniel and his friends making this decision? Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. With God, people are always better off.
4. Since Daniel and his friends had passed the diet test, what other tests were they not able to pass?

Daniel 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

Daniel 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Daniel 6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

Having passed the diet test, Daniel and his friends were able to pass the image test and the test that prohibited prayer to God.
The Diet Test in Daniel
5. What two things did Daniel refuse to partake of that were on the kings table? Daniel 1:8 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.  
6. Why did Daniel not partake of the king's wine? Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. Daniel knew that he could not think clearly if his mind would become clouded because of alcohol. Those who benumb the mind with alcohol will never be able to pass the severe tests that are coming. That's why Daniel would not defile himself with the king's wine.
7. What are kings and princes not to drink? Proverbs 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink.  
8. What happens when kings and princes drink wine and strong drink? Proverbs 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.  
9. Who are kings in the New Testament? Revelation 1:5-6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion foe ever and ever. Amen. The Bible indicates that kings should not partake of wine and strong drink because it perverts their judgment and leads them to forget the law of God. The book of Revelation makes it clear that every Christian has been made a king unto God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is God's purpose today that Christians, who are kings, not partake of wine and strong drink.
10. What does alcohol do to the brain?  

Every time a person takes a few drinks of an alcoholic beverage, even a few beers or cocktails at a social function - he permanently damages his brain by cutting off the oxygen supply to enormous numbers of small areas of brain tissue, thereby killing large numbers of brain cells prematurely... There is only one way to be safe from the danger of alcohol... that is to quit it cold." Dr. Melvin Knisely, Professor of Anatomy at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, as reported in Listen magazine of December, 1969.

Alcohol kills brain cells and beclouds the mind. The first brain cells that it kills are those affecting will power, reason and judgment. No wonder God says that those who are kings of Jesus Christ will not touch alcoholic beverages. The Christian realizes that even a few beers or cocktails can permanently damage his brain and affect his spiritual judgment. God wants us to have clear minds for the closing scenes of earth's history.

11. What foods did God forbid His ancient people Israel to eat?

Leviticus 11:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth.

Leviticus 11:3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the bests, that shall ye eat.

Leviticus 11:4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

Leviticus 11:5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof, he is unclean unto you.

Leviticus 11:6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

Leviticus 11:8 Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.

Obviously, Daniel would have encountered unclean foods on the king's table, therefore he did not eat them. While most of us today would never think of eating roasted rat, many people today eat some of the foods mentioned by God as unclean, such as the rabbit and the pig.
12. What other foods did God say were unclean?

Leviticus 11:9 These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.

Leviticus 11:10 And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:

This eliminated from the diet, such things as clams, oysters, shrimp, lobster, crab, ell, catfish, etc.
13. Why did God prohibit the eating of pork, shellfish and other unclean foods?   God does not tell us the reason why He prohibited His ancient people from eating these foods. However, modern medical science has helped us to understand some of the reasons why God saw that these foods were not fit for human consumption. The purpose of these animals on the earth was not to be a part of the food chain for people, but to be garbage collectors. The pig was to be the garbage collector of the earth, while shellfish were the garbage collectors of the ocean. Pork is one of the worst carriers of the trichina worm, and causes trichinosis. Likewise, pork is very high in cholesterol. Most fish do not contain much cholesterol; however, shellfish contain as much cholesterol as pork sausage. No wonder God said to leave it alone. That's one of the reasons a physician removes pork from a heart patient's diet as soon as it is discovered that there is any kind of heart problem. How much better it would be to not have our arteries clogged in the beginning! That's why God said not to eat these foods.
14. What kind of diet did Daniel ask to receive? Daniel 1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

"Pulse" is vegetables.... Daniel requested a vegetarian diet. This was more than God required, for God had only prohibited the eating of the unclean animals. He had allowed people to eat the flesh of clean animals. But when Daniel got to this time of extreme test, he went on a very simple vegetarian diet because he knew his mind must be as sharp and clear as possible to face the crisis ahead.

Originally God gave a vegetarian diet to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:29). Today we are approaching the crisis of the last days. Perhaps it would be a good idea for us to return to God's original diet so that our minds might be clear to face the crisis at the close of time. Certainly we should begin by leaving off those foods that God has expressly commanded us not to eat, namely pork, shellfish, and other unclean foods mentioned in Scripture.

15. At what event does God first mention unclean animals?

Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for three have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Genesis 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take in thee by sevens, the male and his female:and of beast that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

The distinction between clean and unclean animals did not originate at Sinai with the children of Israel, but the distinction was known before the Flood as well.
16. What will happen to people using unclean foods at the second coming of Christ? Isaiah 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. Those who claim to be in a saved sanctified relationship with Christ, knowing that God does not want them to eat the unclean foods, yet still persist in eating them, will be destroyed at His second coming. Obviously God does not intend for His last day people to eat these foods.
The Diet Test Today
Only Daniel and his friends passed the food test in this time of prosperity. Likewise, only Daniel and his friends passed the severe test that came in a time of adversity. When the really big tests came, such as the fiery furnace, the only ones who passed that great test of utmost loyalty to God were those who first of passed the food test. The small test on food enabled Daniel and his friends to stand firm in more important areas. Don't miss the point: Those who failed the food test failed the test on the image. Those who passed the diet test passed the test on the worship of the image. Since the book of Daniel has so many implications for the last days, God may be preparing His last-day people for the final test on the image of the beast (see Lesson 5) by first of all testing them on food.
17. What was the first test given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath Bod said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Genesis 3:2-3 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Genesis 3:4-5 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Sin entered this planet because man ate that which God had forbidden. The first great test came on the food question, and Adam and Eve failed.
18. What was the first test that Christ faced in the wilderness of temptation?

Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.

Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

The first great temptation our Lord faced in the wilderness was on appetite. Jesus must gain the victory at the very same place that Adam fell. The same victory that Christ gained, He offers to every believer today through the power of His indwelling Spirit. Victory over depraved appetite is available to the Christian today because of Christ's victory in the wilderness of temptation.
19. How are Christians today to glorify God? 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Christians today are to bring glory to God by choosing to follow His directions regarding appetite.
20. What is the temple of the Holy Ghost for Christians? 1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? God through the Holy Spirit dwells in Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of their lives. Their bodies now belong to God. They are temples for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
21. What should Christians do who have been bought with the price of Calvary? 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your Body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Christians must always remember that their bodies do not belong to them, because they have been purchased by the blood of Calvary. Therefore their eating, their drinking - everything they do - will glorify God. They will pass the appetite test.
22. What are some habits that born-again Christians should leave alone?  
  1. Recognizing that their bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, born-again Christians will not smoke. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, and a host of other problems. It clogs the mind and prevents clear thinking. Since our bodies belong to Jesus Christ and are the swelling place of the Holy Spirit, Christians realize that putting a cigarette in one's mouth is actually placing it in the mouth of Jesus. How can Christians do that and glorify God?
  2. Like Daniel, Christians will purpose in their hearts not to defile themselves with the king's wine. They recognize that they belong to the King of kings, and as kings, they will not touch alcohol and pervert their judgment and forget God's law.
  3. Like Daniel, Christians will purpose in their hearts not to eat the king's meat, for it is out of harmony with the Word of God. As they face earth's final crisis, they will seek to bring their dietary habits into harmony with the original Edenic diet. They will begin by leaving off unclean foods such as pork and shellfish.
  4. These clog the system, could the brain, and prevent clear thinking. Coffee, tea and some soft drinks contain the drug caffeine. To use them makes Christians become drug dependent.
23. What are some positive things Christians can do to improve their body temples?   Born-again Christians who recognize their bodies are the temple of God will get plenty of rest, sunshine, fresh air, and water inside and outside. They will avoid exercise amounts of sugar, and make sure they get sufficient exercise.
24. Who came out better in ancient Babylon, Daniel and his friends with their healthful diet, or those who ate the king's junk food? Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. If you as a Christian want to be in better health, follow God's plan. Purpose in your heart not to defile yourself with the king's meat or with wine which he drank. Make certain that your mind is clear and sharp as you face the tumultuous events so soon to come upon planet earth.
25. Is it your desire to bring glory to God in your body by passing the health test now so that you can have a clear mind for the final crisis?