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Lesson 2-Day 2- Obedient

Day Two Study

The story of Daniel begins at the end of the 7th century B.C. Because of the disobedience of the Israelites, God gave them over as captives to the Babylonians, whose ruler was King Nebuchadnezzar. He besieged Jerusalem, three times deporting people to Babylon. Daniel and his friends were part of the initial deportation in 605 B.C.

Read Daniel 1:1-7.

  1. What descriptions are used for Daniel and the other teenage boys taken in this first captivity (Dan. 1:3-4)?
  2. Put yourself in Daniel’s position. Imagine what that kind of situation might have entailed if you had been part of his group. What things would you have lost? What feelings may have you had generally, toward those in the palace, and toward God?
  3. Sharing question: Describe a time in your own life when you were placed in a difficult situation through no fault of your own. Describe your emotions. What were your feelings toward God?
  4. God desires us to obey Him out of His love for us, because He wants what is best for us. In some circumstances that may be difficult to grasp, and so we choose not to obey. We all have areas of our lives where we desire to stay in control rather than following God’s lead. Sharing question: What biblical command is difficult for you because either you don’t grasp God’s reasons for it or because you don’t agree that it is best?
  5. Responding to God: Talk to God about your lack of faith in his wisdom concerning that command. Confess it as sin and ask for the grace to trust Him enough to obey without always understanding. 
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Lesson 2-Day 1-Obedient

Glimpses of Godliness for Today’s Woman

A Precious Word from God

But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the royal delicacies or the royal wine.

Daniel 1:8

Obedience is somewhat of a four-letter word to many of us. We think back to the days of our childhood with unpleasant memories of being forced to obey our parents or our teachers. There is something within each of us that desires to be our own boss instead of submitting to someone else’s wishes.

A Precious Word from God

But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the royal delicacies or the royal wine.

Daniel 1:8

Obedience is somewhat of a four-letter word to many of us. We think back to the days of our childhood with unpleasant memories of being forced to obey our parents or our teachers. There is something within each of us that desires to be our own boss instead of submitting to someone else’s wishes.

As our heavenly parent, God doesn’t force us to obey him, but he teaches us that obedience is for our best. And he, as a perfect and all-knowing Father, discerns what that is!

The biblical concept of obedience could be defined as humble compliance to God’s commands. The Greek word involves listening or hearkening.1 As a mother, I can remember many instances when I told my children to do things, which they never did. Often, their excuse was that they didn’t hear me; obviously, they heard me talking but never really listened to what I had to say. True obedience means that we listen to God and then act on his words.

Day One Study

Before we get into the story of Daniel, we are going to observe Jesus’ obedience while he lived on earth and submitted to the Father.

Read Matthew 26:36-42.

1. What do you learn about obedience from Jesus’ example in the Garden of Gethsemane?

2. Considering Jesus’ prayers this night before His crucifixion, how would you say that faith relates to obedience?

3. Compare these passages to what you see in Mt. 26 about Jesus. Write down any additional insights into His obedience:

a. Hebrews 5:7-10

b. Phil. 2:3-11

c. Hebrews 12:1-2 (We looked at this in the last lesson on believing but consider more specifically how Jesus’ faith related to His obedience.)

4. Responding to God: Spend a few minutes quietly considering Jesus’ obedience on your behalf, even humbling Himself to die as a common criminal on a cross and all the abuse that entailed. You may want to read back through the verses in the previous question. Write down a prayer of thanks.

5. Sharing question: Share with your group how you felt as you considered what Jesus did for you.

[1]  Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance  #5219: obedience: hupakouo– conformity to a command or authority