The story of Daniel and the lions’ den gives us great insight into what it means to persevere faithfully amidst adversity. Daniel was characterized by integrity, wisdom, discipline, and prayer, but his commitment to God was despised by those around him. Nonetheless, Daniel remained steadfast in his faith and did not compromise his beliefs during many years of dutiful service to the king.
1It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; 2and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. 3Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. 5Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
6Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement1 to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! 7All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. 8Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 9Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.
10When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. 11Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. 12Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.” 13Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
14Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. 15Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”
16Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared2 to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” 17And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. 18Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him.
19Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. 20As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”
We live in a world that is preoccupied with personality, and the influence of high-profile celebrities has a significant impact on the way people think and live. In contrast to this cult of human personality, the Bible is filled with examples of how God delights in using ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
These studies recount the lives of biblical characters that were used by God much like a clay pot in the hands of its maker. Some will be familiar and others will be new found friends. Through them we’ll discover the characteristics which mark useful people and see the potential of an "ordinary" person who is taken up and used by God for His eternal purposes -- like a jar of clay.
|Son of Encouragement||Acts 4:26-37 Acts 11:19-24|
|Good News in a Bad News World||2 Kings 5:1-14|
|Five Words on Daniel||Daniel 6|
|Down in the Valley||1 Kings 19:1-18|
|Climbing On Track||Joshua 14:6-15|
|Used Of God||Acts 9:10-20|
|That's What Friends Are||Philippians 2:19-30|
|A Call to Service||1 Corinthians 16:5-12|
We live in a world that is preoccupied with personality and the influence of high-profile celebrities has a significant impact on the way people think and live. In contrast to this the bible is filled with examples of how God delights in using ordinary people in extraordinary ways.
These studies recount the lives of biblical characters that were used by God much like a clay pot in the hands of its maker. Some will be familiar and others will be new-found friends. Through them we’ll discover the characteristics which mark useful people and see the potential of an "ordinary" person who is taken up and used by God for His eternal purposes - like a jar of clay.
Topics: Gideon, Paul, Blind Man, Leaving a Legacy, David, Daniel
|Gideon: Seeing God's Strength||Judges 6:1-40|
|Gideon: God's Choice||Judges 7:1-25|
|Stay the Course||Daniel 6:1-22|
|The Cry of a Fallen Leader||Psalms 51:1-19|
|What Is Your Legacy?||2 Timothy 4:1-8|
|Testimony of a Preacher||1 Corinthians 2:1-5|
|An Encounter with Christ||Luke 18:35-43|
|Can God Use Me?||2 Corinthians 4:7|