Now, Daniel, an Israelite, was favored by King Darius. Although a foreigner in the king’s land, Daniel’s level of excellence stood out. One day, the king decided to set rulers throughout his kingdom. He chose 120 satraps to rule over the various aspects of the kingdom, and he chose three individuals to serve as high officials (supervisors) over the 120 satraps. He chose Daniel as one of the high officials.
After each received their assignment, they went to work. Once again, Daniel worked diligently, His work excelled above the rest. King Darius thought to place him over all the kingdom, including the other two supervisors. When the satraps and the other two supervisors discovered the king’s intent, they felt jealous. From then, they decided to watch Daniel to see how they could entrap him. The satraps and other supervisors could find no wrong in Daniel’s work. He was honest and worked very hard. Thus, these men decided to configure a trap in connection to his service to God.
Together, the high officials, satraps, and other ruling official agreed to go to King Darius with a proposal. When they approached King Darius, the men boosted his ego. “O King Darius, live forever.” Then, they shared their idea with him, which would hold him in high esteem. For the next thirty days, no one could pray to a god or man other than the king, or they would be cast in the lions’ den. This pleased King Darius, and he signed it into law. Once the king signed it, it could not be changed. The trap was set.
Daniel knew King Darius had signed the document into law. Yet, he went to his upper chamber, turned his face toward Jerusalem, and prayed to God, as he had always done. When the others saw this, they were sure Daniel’s end was near. As soon as they could, they went to King Darius and reported Daniel. They reminded the king of the unbreakable law, and then, they told the king that Daniel did not respect him and had broken the law. The king was distressed. He did not wish for Daniel to be thrown into the lions’ den, but he had no choice.
The king called for Daniel to be taken to the lions’ den. Daniel was thrown in. Before they closed the den’s door with a big rock, King Darius declared, “May your God whom you continuously serve save you.” Then, they placed the rock in front of the opening.
The next morning, King Darius rushed to the lions’ den. He called to Daniel and asked, “Daniel, servant of the living God, did your God save you? Daniel responded, “Yes, God sent his angel to save me. The angel closed the lions’ mouths.” King Darius commanded his servants to bring Daniel out of the lions’ den. Next, he ordered his servants to bring all the men who had accused Daniel, along with their wives and children, and throw them in the lions’ dens. They were all destroyed. Afterward, King Darius sent forth a decree which told everyone about God’s miraculous work. The king commanded all to respect the God of Daniel, and Daniel continued to live a successful life.
Source: Daniel 6
- What battles did Daniel face?
- Why did Daniel face these battles?
- Define jealousy.
- Have you ever had someone do something to you because they were jealous? What happened, and how did you handle it?
- What did Daniel do when he knew he faced death? Why is this important?
- What are some techniques the rulers used to trick the king?
- Have you ever known someone to use these techniques on you or someone you know? What can we do to ensure we are not trapped by these techniques?
- God did three things to help Daniel fight his battles. What did He do, and why were they important?
- How can we avoid setting traps for others? How can we help when others face battles because of jealous hearts?
- What was the most amazing part of this story for you and why?
- Then 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. Daniel 6:3 ESV
- Then 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. Then 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.” Daniel 6:4-5 ESV
- When 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. Daniel 6:10 ESV
- My 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.” Daniel 6:22 ESV
- Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:25-27 ESV
- Always work in excellence, so no one can lodge a valid complaint against you.
- Challenges will come to your doorstep, but don’t allow them to change whom you are in God.
- Be a part of the win, and let your win testify about God’s greatness.
Father God, thank you for fighting our battles, seen and unseen. May we stand strong during the battle. May we testify of your greatness and show others how they can win with you. We ask this in your son Jesus’s name. Amen.
Reflect over your latest win. How was God a part of it?
After reading about Daniel’s battles and his win, how has it affected your outlook on your situation? What lesson did you learn? How does it make you feel more confident?
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