Daniel in a Lion’s Den
December 2, 2012
Key Verses: “Daniel then said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me,
because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no wrong.'” Daniel 6:21-22
Time: Before 164 B.C.E.
Since Last Week: The visions in Daniel address judgment and hope over several centuries. The primary theme of the book is the evil nature of the various kings that the Israelites were forced to endure during their centuries of exile, and the promise that evil will not prevail.
Background: Daniel had become a king’s advisor after interpreting dreams for Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon and his successors, Belshazzar and then Darius. King Darius was so impressed with Daniel, he planned to appoint him over the whole kingdom. The other presidents and satraps were jealous and plotted against Daniel. They tricked the king into establishing an ordinance that no one should bow to any other than the king; an ordinance they knew faithful Daniel could not abide. When Daniel was caught bowing to God, he was thrown into a den of lions as punishment. King Darius fasted all night for his safety. God delivered Daniel so everyone would know that Daniel worshiped the one true God.
Community: Are there ordinances or laws that you do not find just? What can you do to live faithfully according to God’s word?
At Home: When has God rescued you from certain demise? Did you put your faith in God before or after your rescue? How can you demonstrate faith?
Read This Week:
Monday: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream, Daniel 2:31-49 (or 2:1-49)
Tuesday: The Fiery Furnace, Daniel 3:19-30 (or 3:1-30)
Wednesday: Belshazzar’s Feast, Daniel 5: 1-12 (or 5: 1-30)
Thursday: Visions of Four Beasts, Daniel 7:l-14 (or 7:1-28)
Friday: Seventy Weeks, Daniel 9:20-27
Saturday: The Resurrection of the Dead, Daniel 12:1-13
Next Week: Return to the Lord, Your God, Joel 2:12-13, 28-29