Judah fell into apostasy and the Lord delivered them into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar.
Ezra 5:12 NKJV
“But because our fathers provoked the God of heaven to wrath, He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this temple and carried the people away to Babylon.”
Nebuchadnezzar carried away into captivity all the best people of the land, only the poorest people remained.
2 Kings 24:14 NKJV
“Also he carried into captivity all Jerusalem: all the captains and all the mighty men of valor, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths. None remained except the poorest people of the land.”
It was the policy of Nebuchadnezzar to select and train the best brains in his kingdom. These trained men would be employed in his palace as his “wise men.”
Among the Jewish captives were some outstanding young men.
Daniel 1:3 NKJV
“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,”
Nebuchadnezzar had seven requirements to qualify to be a student in his school of the “Wise men.”
Daniel 1:4 NKJV
“young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.”
•They had to be young men of noble birth
•They should have no blemish
•They had to be good-looking
•Possess the gift of wisdom
•They has to be very knowledgeable
•They had to possess mental sharpness
•They had to have ability to serve in the royal palace.
Four Jewish young men were chosen.
Daniel 1:6 NKJV
“Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.”
May you be chosen for noble purposes. May God take your life and use you to serve your generation, in Jesus’s name.