Israel under Jehoiakim, suffered the humiliation and shame of defeat at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.
The humiliation cut across every aspect of life; their economy, politics and worst of all, their religion. All the gold-plated fixtures, fittings and utensils of the temple were conveyed to the treasure house of Nebuchadnezzar’s god.
Daniel was one of the children taken captive by the Babylonians. They were stripped of everything they had. They had to be taught the language and customs of the Chaldeans. They were not even spared their identity – even their names were taken away from them ( Daniel 1: 7)