When the prophecies of Elijah and Elisha came true and the kings and people of Israel were invaded, many were taken back to Babylon as prisoners. The smartest were sent to school to learn to speak and read Babylonian. Daniel and his friends, Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego, were among the smartest. They were given special jobs in the Kingdom, but they never lost their faith in the one true God of Israel and always followed God’s laws. You can find this week’s story in Daniel Chapter 1.