“We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” – Daniel 6:5
The book of Daniel is in its letter a book of the captivity of Babylon. The opening chapters are a narrative of Daniel’s experiences, written in the third person. The remainder is written almost entirely in the first person, and describes visions which were seen by the prophet alone. The book is one of marvelous interest even for its story, and contains some of those chapters in the Word which appeal to young and old alike, and which we love to read over and over again.
But the book becomes more wonderful and impressive when we know that it treats of spiritual conditions in which the soul appears to be captive and is threatened by worldly ambitions, which Babylon represents. Baal, Babel, and Babylon are words frequently met with in the Word, and they represent a state in which selfish and worldly ambitions aspire to domineer over spiritual things.
Daniel was a prophet. As a young man he had been marked for his unusual abilities, and was among the first of those taken into captivity by king Nebuchadnezzar. He was a man raised up by the Lord to hold his people steadfast during the trying times which were to come. He soon came into prominence in Babylon, and the Babylonians learned that he had a wisdom superior to that of their soothsayers, magicians, and astrologers. He could interpret dreams and read strange writings. He was feared and persecuted, but always remained steadfast.