Friday, September 18, 2009

Out from despair - The Heroes Rise UP!!

Sounds like the name of a new video game!

Call it
"Dan the Man"
- "Bab smasher!"

6 -7 Four young men from Judah—Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—were among those selected. The head of the palace staff gave them Babylonian names: Daniel was named Belteshazzar, Hananiah was named Shadrach, Mishael was named Meshach, Azariah was named Abednego.

So - their country has been taken from them. Their families had been taken from them. Now their very identity was taken from them. They were renamed with Babylonian names. They had no choice about this. They were powerless pawns in the grip of the greatest military machine and empire of the world.

(Or WERE they?)

8 -10 But Daniel determined that he would not defile himself by eating the king's food or drinking his wine, so he asked the head of the palace staff to exempt him from the royal diet. The head of the palace staff, by God's grace, liked Daniel, but he warned him, "I'm afraid of what my master the king will do. He is the one who assigned this diet and if he sees that you are not as healthy as the rest, he'll have my head!"

These guys were like the elite pilots of the Stealth B2 bomber. The government says to them, "You may be smart, and elite, and the best of the best, and all that," "but we OWN you!" We are pouring millions of dollars into training you to fly a machine worth one and a half BILLION dollars. So you have to go to bed when we say. You have to eat what we say. You have to train in the regimen we set out for you. And if you don't like it? Well, there are thousands of other guys who would LOVE to take your place!"

11 -13 But Daniel appealed to a steward who had been assigned by the head of the palace staff to be in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: "Try us out for ten days on a simple diet of vegetables and water. Then compare us with the young men who eat from the royal menu. Make your decision on the basis of what you see."
14 -16 The steward agreed to do it and fed them vegetables and water for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked better and more robust than all the others who had been eating from the royal menu. So the steward continued to exempt them from the royal menu of food and drink and served them only vegetables. "
Yeah! Real food beats processed food any time!
And the heroes rise up!!!

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