"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. 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. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions."
(Daniel 6:16-19 KJV)
Read all of chapter 6 of Daniel. The story of Daniel in the Lion's Den is usually seen as a story that shows Daniel's love and obedience to Our Awesome God, even with the threat of death. Or it is used to show what God can do. Both renditions are true but, like most stories in the Bible, there are other applications to this story.
What happened to King Darius? He was tricked, possibly because of his pride, by advisors (princes), who were jealous of Daniel. Tricked into signing a decree that would send a person to his death (Daniel 6:6-9). Darius thought highly of Daniel (Daniel 6:2-3) and had been considering making him in charge of the realm over the princes and presidents. This, of course, is what made the same princes and presidents decide to have Darius kill Daniel legally.
It was an effective plan but it was evil and against Our Awesome God's purposes so it didn't thrive. In verses 6:13-14 of Daniel, King Darius realizes that he has signed a paper to kill a man whom he likes, is his best advisor, and is loyal to him. He immediately starts looking for a way around this decree but cannot find one. (His pride in being worshipped has consequences.) The presidents and princes almost gloat aloud to the king in verse 15 which later results in their own death warrant from the King Darius.
Then King Darius turns to Our Awesome God. The king, returns to his palace after putting Daniel in with the lions, stays awake all night and fasts for Daniel. When Daniel walks out unharmed, King Darius proclaims to his world that Daniel's God is a true and living God (Daniel 6:23-25). Thus God's power and love is shown to the largest empire of the world at that time. Read your Bible and see what you can find!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV) Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour while AWANA for children meets until 7:30 PM and there is more during the week. We love visitors and would welcome you to God's House!
Flo & Bill