This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I began a new sermon series on the book of Daniel entitled “Daniel: Apocalyptic Imagination and Exile Faith.” This first weekend offered me the chance to introduce the book of Daniel, while also giving attention to the predicament of Daniel, as well as his friends in exile, as they navigate Babylonian culture while also striving to uphold their commitment to their faith.
“Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites…Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.” (Daniel 1:3, 6)
An Introduction to the Book of Daniel (Daniel 1:1-2)
The Enculturation of Four Exiles (Daniel 1:3-7)
The Faith-Filled Challenge to Enculturation (Daniel 1:8-16)
Daniel’s Journey of Exile Faith (Daniel 1:17-21)