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

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

The wisdom of God is wiser than the foolishness of this world!

Daniel answered, “O king, live for ever! 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.”

The prophet’s words, “O king, live forever,” are not an empty platitude, for Darius believed in the Living God, and consequently, his inheritance is eternal life.

Who was with Daniel in the lions’ den? Possibly, it was a theophany of the Second Person of the Trinity or “his angel” could refer to an angel assigned to protect Daniel (cf. Hebrews 1:14). Some angelic ministries occur without people knowing it (Hebrews 13:2). Daniel was aware of the presence and power of this angel.

Critics who deny miracles maintain that the lions were toothless, or so gorged with choice meats, that they were not hungry.

AVENGING OF DARIUS (6:24)

What happens next manifests a fundamental law of God.

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8).

The fate of the officials who conspired against Daniel is one of the numerous illustrations of the axiom “What goes around comes around.”

At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Was Daniel too old and tough for the lions to chew? No! The immediate and swift attack of the lions on the conspirators proves that Daniel had been miraculously delivered. The prophet was a living miracle.

The practice in the Ancient Near East was to punish the families of those who committed crimes. For instance, under the instructions of Yahweh, Joshua did the same with Achan and his family (Joshua 7:14-26). There is corporate solidarity in mankind. All are condemned and die because of Adam’s one trespass and we are saved and live through Christ’s one act of righteousness (Romans 5:17-18). So, was Darius just and righteous in his actions, when he cast the families of the conspirators into the lions’ den? See Deuteronomy 5:8-10; 7:9-10; and Ezekiel 18.

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