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Daniel

About the Book of Daniel

The events in the book of Daniel happened about 600 years before Jesus was born.
There is only one God. He made everything. But God's special people, the Jews, did not obey God. So he punished them. He let Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and his army beat them. Nebuchadnezzar brought almost all the Jews who were in Judah to live in Babylon.
The first part of the book tells us about events that happened during the lives of Daniel and his friends. Many times the people in Babylon tried to cause them to forget God. They wanted them to worship images. The people in Babylon even tried to kill Daniel and his friends because they would not worship the images. But Daniel and his friends knew that images are not really gods. So they continued to worship the only God. Daniel became a very important man in the government of Babylon.
The second part of the book tells about Daniel's dreams. They were strange dreams. Sometimes Daniel was awake when he had his dreams. They were special dreams that God sent to Daniel. God sent them to tell Daniel what would happen in future years. Some things that Daniel saw in his dreams have now happened. Other things that God told Daniel in his dreams have not happened yet. But God rules over events. God will do what he has promised.
God used Nebuchadnezzar, to punish the Jews, but Nebuchadnezzar did not know that. The book teaches us that God rules over events. He can use people who do not know him to teach us.