Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 6

Outline and Background - Daniel 6

Advancement and Adversaries of Daniel - Daniel 6:1-9

Attitude of Daniel - Daniel 6:10

Accusation Against Daniel and Anxiety of Darius - Daniel 6:11-20

Assurance and Avenging of Darius - Daniel 6:21-24

Announcement of Darius and Achievement of Daniel - Daniel 6:25-28

Application and Typical Prophecies - Daniel 6

Advancement and Adversaries of Daniel - Daniel 6:1-9

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.


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 Darius. Their
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 irrevocable decree.

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.

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