“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. ”
After Judah was beseiged and the inhabitants taken captives, they were brought into Babylon under the reign of Nebuchadnezar.
But among these captives were four prominent ‘boys’ who were outstanding, intelligent and well skillful in all wisdom. (See verse 4)
The king instructed their names changed probably for them to forget their ‘religion’,’ethnicity’ and ‘culture’ and this was done to make them change their orientation and indoctrinate them into their new environment since the king has the full right to change the name of his slaves.
But one lesson to be learnt from these men is the fact that despite being offered choice ‘food’ from the king’s table, they remained resolute in their determination not to defile/pollute themselves with the portion of the king’s meat!
Perhaps they had discovered the meat offered were from the unclean beasts which God had warned them not to eat from as Jews.
Daniel and his colleagues never minded the juicy delicacies offered them, the opportunity some other captured Jews would have grabbed with both hands.
Unfortunately, many Christians today are being easily ensnared by ‘portions of the king’s meat’.
Christians should be aware that not all attractive offers are to be taken by Christians.
Not all seeming opportunities are opportunity in the real sense….remember Joseph with Portiphas’ wife.
Some things could be lawful or permissible by culture or law of the land BUT they may not be expedient. In fact, some may even work against your destiny. See 1Corinthians 6:12, 10:23)
Until you remain determined in your heart to remain resolute not to get ‘defiled’, you may easily fall for ‘Babylonian’ attractive offers.