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Dr. Stephen Phinney

Daniel #04 | Wisdom From Above

“Then at the end of the days which the king had specified for presenting them, the commander of the officials presented them before Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and out of them all not one was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; so they entered the king’s personal service. As for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and conjurers who were in all his realm. And Daniel continued until the first year of Cyrus the king.”

(Daniel 1:18-21)


Through the years, young men have studied world history or the beliefs of nations who do not honor God, and there is nothing sinful about it. Likewise, there is nothing wrong with young men studying today, provided they keep the Holy Word of God as their primary source text. However, it is purely sinful to choose global history over Biblical history, and worse yet, to choose wisdom touted by various religions over wisdom that comes down from above.

I’ve been teaching on the topic of wisdom for many years. There is a major difference between natural wisdom, demonic wisdom, and wisdom that comes down from above (James 3:13-18). Any other wisdom except God’s shifts the student to support earthly, natural, and demonic wisdom, which is an outpouring from the personhood of Satan himself and is certainly a modality that has infiltrated our Bible schools today.



Most monarchy kings expect two things from their cup-bearing servants: that they always speak the truth and that they have a high level of wisdom. Daniel was committed to both. Today’s lesson reveals Daniel’s readiness after a three-year course of instruction on how to communicate with royalty, in addition to many other historical lessons of Babylon.