When Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah were taken into Babylonian captivity in Daniel chapter one, they were immediately escorted in the palace of the King. To make them feel at home in Babylon, they changed their names and their diet.
The Bible says in Daniel chapter one, And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. -Daniel 1:5-7
This meat and this wine was significant of Babylonian culture and worship, for it was the custom of the Babylonians to throw a small part of the food and wine upon the earth, as an initiatory offering to the gods, so as to consecrate to them the whole worship. To have partaken of such a feast would have been to sanction idolatry which was forbidden. Daniel purposed in his heart neither to partake of this diet or to sanction this idolatry.
What is interesting about this meat and wine is if you study Deuteronomy chapter 32, you will discover how much of the Scripture that Daniel and his friends actually knew.
And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted, Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection. See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever. (Dt. 32:37-40).
Daniel knew that, according to the writings of Moses, the heathen would offer the fat of sacrifices and the wine of the drink offerings and it was “accepted” by their gods, but where were these gods to protect and help them in times of danger? Obviously, they were nowhere to be found. Just ask the prophets of Baal on the Top of Mt. Carmel in I Kings chapter eighteen. When they needed Baal to show up the most, he could not be found. But the Lord says, See now that I, even I, am he…and NO ONE CAN DELIVER OUT OF MY HAND.
Daniel and his friends knew that Jehovah was God and that they could trust Him; they were safe in His hands. When it meant not bowing down to the image erected by Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel chapter three, they said, We are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up (Dan 3:16-18).
The fact of the matter was that they were not in Nebuchadnezzar’s hands; they were in the Lord’s hands. Circumstances did not have an iron-grip on God’s children. God had an iron-grip on His children. They were safe in the Lord’s hands.
Nebuchadnezzar and all the pagans of Babylon were eating the meat and drinking the wine to appease the gods of Babylon, but this was to no avail. The God to be served was the God who was well-capable of caring for His own, keeping them in His hands.
Jesus said in John chapter ten, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one (27-30).