March 2014 Issue
When we talk about exports today, we mean exporting goods in a globalized trade. But in Daniel’s day, the Israelites themselves were the exports—to the Babylonian empire. Those of noble birth and of great promise were removed from the Promised Land and brought to Babylon, where they were indoctrinated by a foreign culture and brought up to be the next generation of leaders. With the goal of forgetting their past, they were encouraged to look forward to the power and gifts that their new lives could bring.
Yet for those who loved God, questions abounded. How could God be counted on to be faithful in a foreign land? And how would the people remain faithful without their own community’s rituals and leaders? The story of Daniel addresses these questions, showing how a group of young men stood up to the most powerful nation in the world. Their faithfulness in the midst of trials and persecution displayed their faith, but more importantly, the faithfulness of their God.
This month in Today in the Word we will look at the book of Daniel through the lens of faithfulness. We will see how God used both faithful and faithless people to fulfill His purposes. We hope and pray that you will be encouraged and continue to walk faithfully with the King, seeing how He is using you and others to bring about His purposes in our world today. And as always, thank you for your faithful support of the ministry of Today in the Word!
Volume 27 Issue 3
Executive Editor: Paul Currie; Managing Editor: Heather Moffitt; Associate Editor: Elena Mafter; Contributing Editors: John Koessler, Jamie Janosz; Writer: Eric Johnson