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Daniel Daniel in the Lion Den


									Daniel 6
Daniel in the Lion’s

    Daniel 6
Daniel in the Lion’s Den

   Organizing his kingdom
• (Dan 6:1 NKJV) It   • (Dan 6:1 NCV)
  pleased Darius to     Darius thought it
  set over the          would be a good
  kingdom one           idea to choose one
  hundred and twenty    hundred twenty
  satraps, to be over   governors who
  the whole kingdom;    would rule his

        Further Organizing
• (Dan 6:2 NKJV) and • (Dan 6:2 NCV) He
  over these, three    chose three men as
  governors, of whom   supervisors over those
                       governors, and Daniel
  Daniel was one, that was one of the
  the satraps might    supervisors. The
  give account to      supervisors were to
  them, so that the    ensure that the
  king would suffer no governors did not try to
  loss.                cheat the king.

          Daniel Does Well
• (Dan 6:3 NKJV) Then       • (Dan 6:3 NCV) Daniel
  this Daniel                 showed that he could
  distinguished himself       do the work better
  above the governors         than the other
  and satraps, because        supervisors and
  an excellent spirit was     governors, so the king
  in him; and the king        planned to put Daniel
  gave thought to setting     in charge of the whole
  him over the whole          kingdom.

            Jealousy Sets in
• (Dan 6:4 NKJV) So the     • (Dan 6:4 NCV) Because of
  governors and satraps       this, the other supervisors
  sought to find some         and governors tried to find
  charge against Daniel       reasons to accuse Daniel
  concerning the              about his work in the
  kingdom; but they           government. But they
  could find no charge or     could not find anything
  fault, because he was       wrong with him or any
  faithful; nor was there     reason to accuse him,
  any error or fault          because he was
  found in him.               trustworthy and not lazy
                              or dishonest.

     Attacking the Innocent
• (Dan 6:5 NKJV) Then        • (Dan 6:5 NCV) Finally
  these men said, "We          these men said, "We
  shall not find any           will never find any
  charge against this          reason to accuse Daniel
  Daniel unless we find it     unless it is about the
  against him concerning       law of his God."
  the law of his God."

The beginning of “The end”
• (Dan 6:6 NKJV) So      • (Dan 6:6 NCV) So the
  these governors and      supervisors and
  satraps thronged         governors went as a
                           group to the king and
  before the king, and     said: "King Darius, live
  said thus to him:        forever!
  "King Darius, live

 Now for the Law to end Daniel
• (Dan 6:7 NKJV) "All the governors of the
  kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the
  counselors and advisors, have consulted
  together to establish a royal statute and to
  make a firm decree, that whoever petitions
  any god or man for thirty days, except you, O
  king, shall be cast into the den of lions.

• “that whoever petitions any god or man for
  thirty days, except you, O king,”
• If it is a great law, why is it only for 30 days?
• If everyone is for it, where is everyone?
• Why is Daniel, one of the three leaders

 The Ridiculous Law to get Daniel
• “Whosoever shall ask a petition” - What
  pretense could they urge for so silly an
  ordinance? Probably to flatter the ambition
  of the king, they pretend to make him a god
  for thirty days; so that the whole empire
  should make prayer and supplication to him,
  and pay him Divine honors! This was the bait;
  but their real object was to destroy Daniel.
• -- Adam Clarke

 “All the presidents are of this mind;”
• and yet we are sure that Daniel, the chief of
  the three presidents, did not agree to it, and
  have reason to think that many more of the
  princes excepted against it as absurd and
  unreasonable. Note, It is no new thing for
  that to be represented, and with great
  assurance too, as the sense of the nation,
  which is far from being so; and that which
  few approve of is sometimes confidently said
  to be that which all agree to. Matthew Henry
What is the Benefit of the Law?
• Now, 1. There is nothing in it that has the
  least appearance of good, but that it
  magnifies the king, and makes him seem
  both very great and very kind to his subjects,
  which, they suggest, will be of good service
  to him now that he has newly come to his
  throne, and will confirm his interests. --
  Matthew Henry

         The law is signed!
• (Dan 6:8-9 NKJV) "Now, O king, establish the
  decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot
  be changed, according to the law of the
  Medes and Persians, which does not alter."
  {9} Therefore King Darius signed the written

   Daniel Doesn’t Change!
• (Dan 6:10 NKJV) Now when Daniel knew that
  the writing was signed, he went home. And
  in his upper room, with his windows open
  toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his
  knees three times that day, and prayed and
  gave thanks before his God, as was his
  custom since early days.”
• He would pay the price of expensive love

      Did they catch him?
• (Dan 6:11 NKJV) Then these men assembled
  and found Daniel praying and making
  supplication before his God.

 “Innocently” checking the law.
• (Dan 6:12 NKJV) And they went before the
  king, and spoke concerning the king's decree:
  "Have you not signed a decree that every
  man who petitions any god or man within
  thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast
  into the den of lions?" The king answered
  and said, "The thing is true, according to the
  law of the Medes and Persians, which does
  not alter."
     Daniel is in Violation!
• (Dan 6:13 NKJV) So they answered and said
  before the king, "That Daniel, who is one of
  the captives from Judah, does not show due
  regard for you, O king, or for the decree that
  you have signed, but makes his petition three
  times a day."

     I have fallen for a trick
• (Dan 6:14 NKJV) And the king, when he
  heard these words, was greatly displeased
  with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to
  deliver him; and he labored till the going
  down of the sun to deliver him.

       They Chide the King
• (Dan 6:15 NKJV) Then these men approached
  the king, and said to the king, "Know, O king,
  that it is the law of the Medes and Persians
  that no decree or statute which the king
  establishes may be changed."

 What Faith on the part of the king!
• (Dan 6:16 NKJV) So the king gave the
  command, and they brought Daniel and cast
  him into the den of lions. But the king spoke,
  saying to Daniel, "Your God, whom you serve
  continually, He will deliver you."

The official Act of Government
• (Dan 6:17 NKJV) Then a stone was brought
  and laid on the mouth of the den, and the
  king sealed it with his own signet ring and
  with the signets of his lords, that the purpose
  concerning Daniel might not be changed.

Daniel in the Lion’s Den

     Remorse for the King
• (Dan 6:18 NKJV) Now the king went to his
  palace and spent the night fasting; and no
  musicians were brought before him. Also his
  sleep went from him.

          Is Daniel Alive?
• (Dan 6:19 NKJV) Then the king arose very
  early in the morning and went in haste to the
  den of lions.

        How Does it End?
• (Dan 6:20 NKJV) And when he came to the
  den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to
  Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel,
  "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your
  God, whom you serve continually, been able
  to deliver you from the lions?"

        Daniel is not Bitter
• (Dan 6:21-22 NKJV) Then Daniel said to the
  king, "O king, live forever! {22} "My God sent
  His angel and shut the lions' mouths, so that
  they have not hurt me, because I was found
  innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have
  done no wrong before you."

  The King was Glad for Daniel
• (Dan 6:23 NKJV) Then the king was
  exceedingly glad for him, and commanded
  that they should take Daniel up out of the
  den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den,
  and no injury whatever was found on him,
  because he believed in his God.

        Faith is the Victory
• (Heb 11:32-34 NKJV) And what more shall I say?
  For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and
  Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David
  and Samuel and the prophets: {33} who through
  faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness,
  obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
  {34} quenched the violence of fire, escaped the
  edge of the sword, out of weakness were made
  strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight
  the armies of the aliens.

    The Lions were hungry
• (Dan 6:24 NKJV) And the king gave the
  command, and they brought those men who
  had accused Daniel, and they cast them into
  the den of lions; them, their children, and
  their wives; and the lions overpowered them,
  and broke all their bones in pieces before
  they ever came to the bottom of the den.

   Darius takes further action
• (Dan 6:25 NKJV) Then King Darius wrote: To
  all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell
  in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.

God’s kingdom shall not be destroyed
• (Dan 6:26 NKJV) I make a decree that in
  every dominion of my kingdom men must
  tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.
  For He is the living God, And steadfast
  forever; His kingdom is the one which shall
  not be destroyed, And His dominion shall
  endure to the end.

 The World Empire is affected!
• (Dan 6:27 NKJV) He delivers and rescues,
  And He works signs and wonders In heaven
  and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from
  the power of the lions.

       Daniel is Promoted
• (Dan 6:28 NKJV) So this Daniel prospered in
  the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus
  the Persian.

       The First Half is Over!
• Chap 1: Introduction and Daniel’s Decision
• Chap 2: Nebuchadnezzar's Dream
• Chapter 3: The Fiery furnace
• Chapter 4: Nebuchadnezzar is turned out
  with the animals.
• Chapter 5: Handwriting on the wall.
• Chapter 6: Daniel in the lion’s den.

         What Can We Say?
• Be careful about writing laws, especially to
  get even.
• Never forget that God is Almighty
• Always maintain an humble attitude toward
• God is One Who can work in amazing ways.
• Never give up on God!


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