Anybody Else Want To Study The Book Of Daniel?

Discussion in 'Bible Study' started by Silk, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. So, we come to the 6th Chapter of Daniel, 1/2 way through, and the well known story of Daniel in the lion's den.

    Dan 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
    Dan 6:2 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.
    Dan 6:3 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.
    Dan 6:4 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.
    Dan 6:5 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.
    Dan 6:6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
    Dan 6:7 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.
    Dan 6:8 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.
    Dan 6:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
    Dan 6:10 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.
    Dan 6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
    Dan 6:12 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.
    Dan 6:13 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.
    Dan 6:14 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.
    Dan 6:15 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.
    Dan 6:16 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.
    Dan 6:17 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.
    Dan 6:18 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.
    Dan 6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
    Dan 6:20 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?
    Dan 6:21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
    Dan 6:22 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.
    Dan 6:23 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.
    Dan 6:24 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.
    Dan 6:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
    Dan 6:26 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.
    Dan 6:27 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.
    Dan 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

    Comments?
     
  2. Chapter 6 is the dividing line of the Book.

    When we read chapter 6, we see that it did not take Darius very long to recognize that there was something different and special about Daniel. What a testimony when you are noticed by others to be a Godly person.

    There are two points that I try to bring out in this chapter. The FIRST is that IMO Daniel spent the night in the lions den with the pre-incarnate Christ. IMO He told Daniel about the future and what was going to take place because when we get to chapter 7, everything changes and Daniel begins to give us a graphic and detailed picture of the coming events and Kingdom of Heaven. God's plan for the ages in future is revealed to Daniel.

    Secondly is found in 6:22-25. When Daniel had served his sentence in the lion's den......IT WAS A DEATH SENTENCE!!!
    But he did not die! He should have died and he was prepared to die and everyone in the city expected him to die!

    But he didn't die!!!

    Why is that important???? It means that he could not be executed in any way shape or form from this point forward according to the law of the Meds and Persians. You see, the law had been satisfied!!! Daniel had paid the price for breaking the law, so when he came out of the lions den, the law had been satisfied.

    His dept had been paid once and for all and now he was not guilty. That is exactly what Jesus did for you and me on the cross. He paid the price that the law demanded for sin........HE DIED!!!! In the eyes of all of Babylon, Daniel died!!!!!
    The next day Daniel was alive and on the 3rd day Jesus rose from the dead and was alive.
     
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  3. I had heard (possibly from you, Major) that the "angel" that closed the mouths of the lions was the preincarnate Christ - so my next post was going to be about the fact that the night spent in the den indicates Daniel learned things there. But I didn't realize what you point out clearly - that it is a foreshadow of Christ! Great post!!!!!!!
     
  4. Yes It was me. IMO Christ and Daniel sat there all night petting the Lions and they paid there purring in their laps and were just as calm and relaxed as was the sea when Jesus said......"Peace, be still".

    When you spend the night with Christ, you will learn a lot of stuff and it is clear from chapter 7 on to the end of Daniels book that he is fact did learn a lot of stuff concerning what was coming in the future.
     
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  5. Yes - well worth the night shared with no longer hungry lions. Well or the Lion of Judah? :)

    A "lion" word search produces:
    Gen_49:9
    Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
    Num_23:24
    Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.
    Num_24:9
    He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.
    Deu_33:20
    And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.
    Deu_33:22
    And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion's whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.
    Jdg_14:5
    Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.
    Jdg_14:8
    And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.
    Jdg_14:9
    And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.
    Jdg_14:18
    And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.
    1Sa_17:34
    And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
    1Sa_17:36
    Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
    1Sa_17:37
    David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
    2Sa_17:10
    And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.
    2Sa_23:20
    And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:
    1Ki_13:24
    And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.
    1Ki_13:25
    And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
    1Ki_13:26
    And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.
    1Ki_13:28
    And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass.
    1Ki_20:36
    Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him.
    1Ch_11:22
    Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, who had done many acts; he slew two lionlike men of Moab: also he went down and slew a lion in a pit in a snowy day.
    Job_4:10
    The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the teeth of the young lions, are broken.
    Job_4:11
    The old lion perisheth for lack of prey, and the stout lion's whelps are scattered abroad.
    Job_10:16
    For it increaseth. Thou huntest me as a fierce lion: and again thou shewest thyself marvellous upon me.
    Job_28:8
    The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
    Job_38:39
    Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions,
    Psa_7:2
    Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
    Psa_10:9
    He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net.
    Psa_17:12
    Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
    Psa_22:13
    They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
    Psa_22:21
    Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
    Psa_91:13
    Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
    Pro_19:12
    The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
    Pro_20:2
    The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
    Pro_22:13
    The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.
    Pro_26:13
    The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
    Pro_28:1
    The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
    Pro_28:15
    As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
    Pro_30:30
    A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;
    Ecc_9:4
    For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
    Isa_5:29
    Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
    Isa_11:6
    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
    Isa_11:7
    And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
    Isa_21:8
    And he cried, A lion: My lord, I stand continually upon the watchtower in the daytime, and I am set in my ward whole nights:
    Isa_30:6
    The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
    Isa_31:4
    For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.
    Isa_35:9
    No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
    Isa_38:13
    I reckoned till morning, that, as a lion, so will he break all my bones: from day even to night wilt thou make an end of me.
    Isa_65:25
    The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
    Jer_2:30
    In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
    Jer_4:7
    The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.
    Jer_5:6
    Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.
    Jer_12:8
    Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth out against me: therefore have I hated it.
    Jer_25:38
    He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.
    Jer_49:19
    Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong: but I will suddenly make him run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?
    Jer_50:44
    Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong: but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint over her? for who is like me? and who will appoint me the time? and who is that shepherd that will stand before me?
    Lam_3:10
    He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
    Eze_1:10
    As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
    Eze_10:14
    And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.
    Eze_19:3
    And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.
    Eze_19:5
    Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.
    Eze_19:6
    And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.
    Eze_22:25
    There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
    Eze_32:2
    Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say unto him, Thou art like a young lion of the nations, and thou art as a whale in the seas: and thou camest forth with thy rivers, and troubledst the waters with thy feet, and fouledst their rivers.
    Eze_41:19
    So that the face of a man was toward the palm tree on the one side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other side: it was made through all the house round about.
    Dan_7:4
    The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
    Hos_5:14
    For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.
    Hos_11:10
    They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.
    Hos_13:7
    Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:
    Hos_13:8
    I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.
    Joe_1:6
    For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number, whose teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he hath the cheek teeth of a great lion.
    Amo_3:4
    Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
    Amo_3:8
    The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
    Amo_3:12
    Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
    Amo_5:19
    As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
    Mic_5:8
    And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
    Nah_2:11
    Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion's whelp, and none made them afraid?
    Nah_2:12
    The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.
    2Ti_4:17
    Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
    1Pe_5:8
    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
    Rev_4:7
    And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
    Rev_5:5
    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
    Rev_10:3
    And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
    Rev_13:2
    And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
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  6. I dunno that I got much out of that word search except perhaps the lion is often used as a kind of a judgement?
     
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  7. Here's Bill's long ago comments:

    Daniel 6

    Dan 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom a hundred and twenty satraps, who should be throughout the whole kingdom;
    Dan 6:2 and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel was one; that these satraps might give account unto them, and that the king should have no damage.
    Dan 6:3 Then this Daniel was distinguished above the presidents and the satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.(ASV)
    It has, quickly, become customary to do what is necessary to get by and this attitude has steamed it's way into the Christian Church today. Today, as in the past, folks that work harder than they are required to to get by are despised and disliked. Daniel is a very good example of what a follower of the LORD should look like at work.
    We must learn that there is not only one message, the message of Salvation, but there are also many life applications for the guidance of our passage here during our passage. Although many will debate God's concern for our moment to moment concerns, desires and actions, the Bible proves He cares.

    Dan 6:4 Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find occasion against Daniel as touching the kingdom; but they could find no occasion nor fault, forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
    Is there a Christian alive today of whom no fault can be found? Are there any trying?
    Dan 6:5 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.
    Dan 6:6 Then these presidents and satraps assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
    Dan 6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the deputies and the satraps, the counsellors and the governors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a strong interdict, 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.
    Dan 6:8 Now, O king, establish the interdict, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
    Dan 6:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the interdict.
    Daniel was such a person that when investigated no fault could be found in him and therefore it was required that a special circumstance be created to trap him. These men knew of Daniel's faith because he lived it, faithfully, can the same be said of ourselves? Do people see Christ when they see you?
    Dan 6:10 And when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house (now his windows were open in his chamber toward Jerusalem) and he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
    Daniel knew the law had been signed and he would have, certainly, known the penalty was a night in the Lion's Den and yet he did not turn from his commitment to God. Daniel understood that loving, sometimes called fearing God, involved more than lip service.
    Dan 6:11 Then these men assembled together, and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God.
    Dan 6:12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's interdict: Hast thou not signed an interdict, that every man that shall make petition unto any god or man within thirty days, save unto 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.
    Dan 6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, who is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the interdict that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
    With the trap set the Satraps spring it. The one thing I have, absolutely, found to be true is that if you will devote your heart to God, Satan will attack you and this is an excellent example of, just, that. Most lost people will tell you that they serve nobody but themselves and they, truly believe this because they have never examined their spiritual self.
    Dan 6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to rescue him.
    The king has found Daniel to be a true and a faithful servant and it is my conclusion that he, likely, realized that he and Daniel had been led into a trap that would require more power than he could muster, on his own.
    Dan 6:15 Then these men assembled together unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians, that no interdict nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
    Dan 6:16 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.
    Did the king believe these words he spoke? I believe this lesson, recorded for our use, in the future, was also meant to be a testimony to king Darius. From the text I cannot conclude any less than that the king wanted to believe that his words were true. Darius is a great illustration of the majority of the world today. He had seen a follower of God, had observed and found him true but had not made the commitment himself.
    Dan 6:17 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 nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.
    Dan 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting; neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep fled from him.
    Daniel is placed into the den of hungry Lions and the door has the king's seal is administered and followed by the impressions of the Satraps that had accused him. While I'm sure the accusers spent the night, believing themselves victorious, King Darius, on the other hand was very troubled and I have to believe that he made intersession to God for Daniel's safety. And here, again, we find a life spplication lesson for the Christian and the Jewish believer.
    Dan 6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
    Dan 6:20 And when he came near unto the den to Daniel, he cried with a lamentable voice; 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?
    Please note the worry and uncertainty in the king's remarks as he approaches the Lion's den. It seems, from the context of this chapter that he wants to believe but like most people in this world, he has seen the charlatans fall, time after time. He wants Daniel to be alive but he is unsure.
    Dan 6:21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
    Dan 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, and 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.
    Much, I'm sure, to the kings delight and surprise, Daniel, with respect to the king's position, responds in the positive and delights the king. Contained here is a wonderful life lesson. If we are faithful in our pursuit of God, God will provide for us, even in the most troubling of times and circumstances.
    Dan 6:23 Then was the king exceeding glad, 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 had trusted in his God.
    Dan 6:24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men that 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, before they came to the bottom of the den.
    It saddens me that we should even need this application lesson for teaching us life's lessons but the evidence shows us that we do. When we are faithful God provides for our needs, just as He did for Daniel but when we choose to follow the deceiver, we will be punished and our descendants will suffer also. Some will shout, unfair, but the truth of the matter is that as we live we teach. And what we teach our children... it matters.
    Dan 6:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all the peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied unto you.
    Dan 6:26 I make a decree, that in all the 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.
    Dan 6:27 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.
    Dan 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
    So, was King Darius converted? I believe we will see him, those of us that believe, in Heaven. Darius appears to have read the testimony God provided for him and he believed. I wish that many of us, today, could understand what we see and process it truthfully.
    Bond servant,
    Bill Taylor
     
  8. Stray thoughts - I'm wondering why lion's dens were kept by the government here and what their daily meal was? Was it kept solely for "special" execution? Was this a Medo- Persian thing?
     
  9. Lovin this....thanks...

    In His love

    Paul
     
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  10. Here is another one. When Tarzan was asked about a lion..........Him say, "BIG CAT"!
     
  11. Silk.....lions were seen as a picture of Kings. Even the Kings of Europe kept lions and the Romans would feed Christians to the lions.
    Even Mark is pictured as a Lion and so is Jesus. The Lion of the tribe of Judah!

    The Lion is seen on many of families coat of arms, so it was not just a Medo-Persian thing.
     
  12. Indeed! Even the post-resurrection de-fanged devil is compared to one who goes about as a roaring lion...(but in our case he is Lyin,,,)
     
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  13. Hey (rofl) I know lions were used in Rome's arenas to eat Christians - I just wondered how the practice got started. When I think lion, I think Africa....not middle eastern deserts. But mention of Lions starts in Genesis. It's just an icky thought that people actually trapped lions so they could feed them people. I used to watch Animal Planet every morning, fascinated when they had Big Cats on and these are going extinct. I just wondered who's bright idea it was to keep lions as a pet and people disposer. At least, or should I say, apparently, the Medo-Persians didn't watch while the lions feasted.
     
  14. I don't know, but suspect it is probably the beginning of the ASPCA.
     
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  15. Before we come to chapters 7 thru 12, I wonder if we shouldn't review Leviticus chapters 25 & 26 and parts of Jeremiah. In Leviticus, God commands (among other things) that once Israel is established in the Promised Land, that every 7 years is a sabbath year where the land is not cultivated but left fallow. And that every 49 years - the first year after is considered a Jubilee year. Leviticus 26 indicates what happens when these commands are not followed. Sometime, around the time or just after (?) of King David, these Sabbath years were no longer observed. Finally, in Jermiah, Israel is warned about the coming exile and destruction of Israel by Babylon. And the 70 years of Israel's exile is determined by the number of sabbath years that weren't observed. Thoughts?
     

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