The next thing Babylon does enslave God’s people is to take the youth out of the home and put them in government schools. “Then the king commanded Ashpenaz, his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility, youths without blemish, of good appearance and skillful in all wisdom, endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to stand in the king's palace, and to teach them the literature and language of the Chaldeans.” (Dan 1:3-4) Nebuchadnezzar understood that a big part of enslaving a people is to train (or brainwash) their children.
The Babylonians destroyed the family unit by removing the children and putting them right into the government schools… (Sound familiar?) This is what happened to Daniel. He (and his friends) had been taken from his family and heritage and thrown right into CSU - Chaldean State University (I hear they had a great football team). Babylonians of Daniels time, and our time, understood the extreme importance of education. The Babylonians understood the truth of the proverb: “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov 22:6) The only difference is that they change the phrase “the way he should go” to “the way we say he should go.”
Look at verse 5 of Daniel 1, “…They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.” Notice, for 3 years they would be absorbed in Babylonian knowledge, culture, history, language, and religion. At the end of that time they would enter the king’s service and be assured of high-level government positions. State schools lead to state slavery.... (More to come)