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Week 9 There may be Lions
There may be Lions
Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and
men of every language throughout the land:
“May you prosper greatly!
I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom
People must fear and reverence the God of Daniel:
“For he is the living God and he endures forever;
his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.
He rescues and he saves; He performs signs and wonders in the heavens
and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
- Daniel 6:26-27
King Darius was one of the former king of Babylon. He was among those who ruled the once mighty city that now lay in the ashes of history. He sat on the throne after the reign of king Belshazzar at the age of sixty-two. How he came into rulership can be traced on the time when the former king which was Belshazzar held out a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles. It was to be a grand feast for everyone whom the king has concern. It was unlike any other. The event would cover a wholesome of the known men of the city. They all were in it to have a good time. The moments were accompanied with their expectations of fun. Everyone in the king’s sight were eating, drinking and making the moment worthwhile. Majority of his household had their minds set upon the gathering. While Belshazzar was drinking wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple of Jerusalem. They were to be presented in his presence. He planned on putting them to use. He and his companions were to drink from these. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of Jerusalem. When they were brought out, his nobles, his wives and concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. They began lifting their idols up with their words. Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. Everyone was shocked. It was an unexpected thing that terrified those in its presence. Fear covered much of those invited. They were in awe of the moment. Their bodies shrivel on what they witnessed. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way.
The king called out for the enchanters, astrologers and diviners to be brought. They were being summon for the purpose of interpreting the writings. He had the people whom he thought could help much to be in his presence. He wanted to find out the message. The sight has beheld him to know what the hand was on the process of conveying. He asked if anyone else could possibly be the key to reading the words brought upon the hand when he figured that it cannot be made clear by the people whom he sent for. He was anxious until it finally came that Daniel was asked to do what the king’s servants have failed to do. He pointed out to the king what the words meant as he speak of the words. What the writing says was this that God has numbered the days of his reign and brought it to an end. He have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. His kingdom was divided and given to the Medes and Persians. These were the meaning by which the hand wrote. At this, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed among his neck. And he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom. That very night Darius took over as he conquered the city.
Even at Darius’ time, Daniel proved to be of wise perception. His wisdom was far greater than any of his companions. His intelligence outsmart the rest. His skills were of much help and his words were a bundle of great benefits for the king. He was highly favoured among he set on place of power. He had appointed 120 satraps to rule his kingdom. The satraps were accountable for the city. They were responsible for the people. They were to care for the citizens. The king held out great confidence on them. They gave great assistance on keeping the nation firm.
Now Daniel was so distinguished among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. He was to be next to the king in rulership. He was to govern closer to the king than any other. He would take up a great deal of duty by which the king see him most worthy. However, his fellow rulers tried to find grounds against Daniel. They plan on finding charges which can be use to bring him down. Their envy has made them fault finders. Having him in the high position the king intends to doesn’t appeal to their ears. There must be something they can use in opposition of him as they thought. The king would then see this things and consider his plan as what they have in mind. But, they were unable to have any accusations of wrong doings. They could not find no corruption in him because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. He was clean in records and everyone see him in honor.
Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.” So, they sought to make a decree by it. They went to the king and asked him this act. They said,”O King darius, live forever! The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that their king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the lion’s den”. The king thought this to be appealing and so he issued a decree of it which were put to writing.
Daniel learned of this decree. Now he was a prayerful servant of the Lord that he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to God, just as he had done before. By this, the men that want to find fault in Daniel went to the king and argue what Daniel has done. They have found a basis to accuse him by the decree. They said to the king:”Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or man except to you, O king, would be thrown in the lion’s den?”. The king then summoned Daniel and asked if what the men told him was true. He was distressed of the matter and was determined to rescue Daniel. He made every effort to set him free of the charge. Then the men went as a group to the king and said to him, “Remember , O King, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” So the king gave the order and they brought Daniel. He was thrown into the lion’s den. The king said to Daniel, ”May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. They left but the king’s concern remained.
That night, the king couldn’t sleep. He was worried of Daniel. He wanted to know how he was doing. His thoughts were on him if he was fine or were breathing no more by the lions’ attacks. He spent the night without eating and any entertainment to cool off his mind. He was awake as he consider what happens in the den. At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions. He wasted no time as the sun was just rising. He ordered the stone to be rolled aside. He called to Daniel in an anguished voice, ”Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”. The king waited for a response as he set his eyes to see upon the darkness below. Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O King.”
By this, the king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. As he was on his feet, no wound was found on him, because he trusted in his God. He was not harmed by the lions. He spent the night in faith with God and he lived to tell the tale of his faithfulness.
At the king’s command, the men who falsely accused Daniel were thrown into the den.
Then King Darius wrote a letter testifying how God has rescued Daniel from the lions and how he had seen it happen by his eyes.
Like Daniel, we too, can be servants of faith to the Lord. We too can live in full trust to the Lord and as king Darius say it “may you prosper greatly!”