Today’s message of ascension is taken from the life of Daniel. We want to see how Daniel went from being a captive in a faraway nation to serving in the highest position possible as the world leader of his time. The king had criteria for enlisting young men from Israel in his service. More like a job requirement, these are qualities that your prospective employer is looking for in their employee. What qualities did the king request? If you were in Daniel’s situation will you be enlisted? Are you of royal descent or nobility?
Daniel 1:3-4 Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had the ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.
Children from royalty or nobility are the first characteristic that you must possess to be enlisted for service before the king. They somehow believed that the noble character of their parents must have robbed the children. There must have been a transfer of noble character to these Israelites that were taken captive from their homeland to Babylon. In pre-modern countries, the noble class was the highest social class. The nobles were primarily individuals who received land from the monarch and were required to perform services for him, primarily military service, under the feudal system (found in Europe and elsewhere). These folks were known as noblemen and noblewomen. How do you recognize royalty or nobility outside their comfort zone, in captivity?
Qualities of Royalties and Nobles
- Honoring their commitments and obligations with loyalty and honesty.
- They are courteous and polite, never being haughty.
- Self-control: they fulfill their obligations without emotion.
- Love: the readiness to lay aside their own interests for the benefit of others.
- They demonstrate kindness to others and eschew selfishness, not oppressing the populace.
- Not easily angry: they remain composed in the face of uncertainty, even in captivity far away from home.
- Practicing patience while performing their obligations.
- Honoring public opinion and fostering concord, in all honesty of heart.
Based on these Qualities, are you a Noble or Royalty?
If the kings of this world; the CEOs, and governments are asking for these noble characteristics, do you think that the King of kings will require nothing of you? We thank God for qualifying us to be called the children of God, the kings of kings. For as many that accept Jesus’s complete work on the cross. Jesus wants you to come and learn of Him so that He can send you out to do His business. Scriptures say, Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find relief, ease, refreshment, recreation and blessed quiet for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome, and My burden is light and easy to be borne Matthew 11:19-30. The character of Jesus is noble and of royalty, because He has been with the Father since the beginning and knows Him. Jesus and the Father are one and Jesus is the best person to show us the qualities of royalty. Be encouraged to look to Jesus and learn of Him.
Father God, I thank you for the gift of Jesus in my life. Today, I commit myself to learn from You, dear Lord.