Darius’ skills were in administration. He appointed 120
satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, along with three
administrators, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps (governors
of Persian provinces) were made accountable to Daniel so that
the king might not suffer loss. Greed and corruption were
rampant, but Daniel stood in the gap.
The prophet was about eighty-one years old in the year
539 B.C. He had distinguished himself by his extraordinary
spirit (gifted, filled and led by the Holy Spirit) in the
golden empire, and again in this silver empire. Through
Daniel, Yahweh was able to demonstrate that He, as the God
of the exiled Jews, is really the sovereign God of the
nations. Whether or not the king recognized this fact,
Darius planned to set Daniel over the whole kingdom.
ADVERSARIES OF DANIEL (6:4-9).
Envy and jealousy, probably because Daniel was a Jew,
soared from the hearts of administrators and satraps as
they conspired to circumvent the king’s plans. However,
they could find no grounds for an attack on Daniel’s
integrity. In all his years of service, there was not one
blemish on Daniel’s record. He was not corrupt; he was
trustworthy and diligent in discharging his
responsibilities. If the adversaries were to be successful
in blocking Daniel’s appointment with an accusation, it
must arise from the law of his God. Indeed, Satan is the
mastermind behind their plan as can be seen in Jesus’
depiction of the adversary.
He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to
the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he
speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the
father of lies (John 8:44).
The conspirators took their cleverly devised plot to
the king. “The royal administrators, prefects, satraps,
advisers and governors have all agreed”—liars! Daniel
never would have agreed that the king should issue an
edict and enforce a decree that would result in deifying
intent is to murder Daniel. Truly, the
conspirators belong to their father the Devil. In order to
insure the success of their plan, they asked for an
Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so
that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the laws of
the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.
Drunk, not on wine, but on flattery and the anticipated
adulation he would receive, Darius consented to the plot
and signed it into law, which according to Medo-Persian
custom was irrevocable. It is noteworthy that the power of
the monarchs of the silver empire had diminished from the
golden empire. A king was subject to the laws that he
passed; they could not be changed. Bewitched by lies and
flattery, King Darius put the decree in writing.