by Christina Farris
1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, 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 altereth not.
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
23 Then was the king exceeding 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 manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. Daniel found favor with the King of Persia. I always been weak when teaching out the Old Testament, always having to do research first, but today, I sharing the error of my own thinking. When dealing with the different kings and time period, we must examine as if they are in order like our own leaders. Yet when it comes to the book of Chronicles and Kings two kingdoms are often confused when it comes to the kings and so you have to keep straight two kingdoms. I had forgotten that Daniel time period exhibited three kings from King Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar and King Darius. King Darius would be the king that is said to allow the children of Israel to return to their home land to rebuild the Temple. To understand the ideology of these nations that were over power the people of that time, it had to do not with religious but political, land, and control. Religion only enter the realm of government when it came to control and politics. The children of Israel were exiled from their homeland 70 years. The point of bring this out is to explain how favored Daniel and his brethern were to King Darius. Yet despite Daniel's favor the King had signed a petition against Judah and all the people who worshipped God, that they could not worship God for thirty days. Daniel heard the decree and knew it was signed by the King and prayed anyway. He did not just pray, but he opened the windows of his room as he did every day and knelt and prayed three times a days as he always did. How many us pray so consistencely in our life? Some us reading and saying prayer is easiest part of my day, and others find it hard thing to pray to the almighty God and others are just pure lazy when it comes to prayer. Some never stop praying to God all day long. Daniel would not allow any decree to separate him from his God, nor would he hide in his room to pray, but continued to do it openly. The one thing about the Hebrew/Jewish children they would not allow government to separate them from their God.
King Darius would have to throw Daniel into the Lions den, because he would not obey him. The three men that encourage the king to make this law was now watching the demise they hope of Daniel. King Darius believed in Daniel's God and said your God can protect you. That night the king fasted in prayed after putting Daniel in the lions den. Daniel was favored by the king, but the king had a rule he would not break the laws he signed and sealed. Darius finds himself watching Daniel going into the lion dens and in need of God to protect Daniel. If Daniel was protected he could reverse the law. The next morning as the King rolled back the stone that had sealed the tomb he cried Daniel name, and Daniel responded, that he was still alive. The king pulled Daniel up out of the cave, only for the devils that had the laws written be cast with their family into the lions den and their bones broken and destroyed.
Daniel cross was the lions dens, the cave sealed as Christ tomb was sealed, and yet Christ be dead, he would rise the third day. Daniel did not have a day of resurrection only had a day of victory for God had sealed the lions mouths in that cave. Sometimes we have to die to rise and sometimes we just have to wait beside the lion to be free. The devil was left in the tomb. King Darius would make a decree for all to tremble and fear the God of Daniel forever, for Daniel's God shuts the mouths of lions. This king had respect for Daniels God, but he did not put out the gods of the land.
Question remains do Christians have freedom only if they give others freedom to worship their idols? The war of religion comes with the return of Christ. Yet the world denies the return, because they beleive not that it is possible to come heaven back to earth. It has to be the power of God to enable this, for we ourselves can not return from our grave by our own power. Once dead we are dead, either in heaven or hell. Our spiritual home decided but our journey not over. For even the dead rise at Christ coming to face eternity in eternal lake of fire.
Daniel would face many more battles in his life, but perhaps none as scary has the lions den. What do we need to know about faith. In Old Testament you see men face extraordinary feats of near death experience against the devil. In the new Testament we see Jesus crucify and then have victory over the grave. The victory is key. The victory can not be unless there is a day of overcoming. Christ had remained in the tomb, there been no victory. He been another prophet of God teaching and preaching and telling the gentile nation has well has his own nation about God the Father. The kings of the world had no problem with a spiritual kingdom of God only a physical kingdom of God, as church population grows we see the devil rise to, to try and gain access to the money of the church world, the control of the church world. Occults arise within the church world to only steal the church away from not only the church but from God. It is the wolves in sheep clothing that one needs to look out for. King Darius, King Nebuchadnezzar, and King Belshazzar was wolfs trying to wear wool by honoring the God of these jewish men that showed God's redeeming power. God told the dream of Nebuchadnezzar so we could see who Nebuchadnezzar was. Because his power and might was such and the things provided in his kingdom for the people, his kingdom did flourish for a time. All three kingdoms flourish for a time. Yet the power darkness over shadow those kingdoms.
God kingdom is everlasting and brings hope to the world. Let us hold to the kingdom of His Son Jesus, who he rose from the grave to take away the sins of the world and bring peace and hope to man that will believe.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to trust in you for your kingdom to grow mightly through belief in your power to redeem us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Revelations 20:1-3 KJV