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Daniel 6:24-28

Daniel 6:24-28

New King James Version (NKJV)

 

Darius Honors God

24 And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.

25 Then King Darius wrote:

To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth:

Peace be multiplied to you.

26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

For He is the living God,

And steadfast forever;

His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end.

27 He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth,

Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.


My Thoughts:

We talked about how it was not all 122 men and their families that where cast in to the den just the ones that conspired against Daniel. But the question why the families? Did they have anything to do with the plot against Daniel? No not likely but there is a good chance they knew about it. How many of you do not tell their spouse everything and as for the children, I do not know. Maybe being tainted by their parents was enough.

Next we see the king make a new decree to all nations of the earth. Well at this time they thought they knew the world and ruled it also, the only thing I see is once again a king is saying you must worship the God of Daniel. When the truth is God does not require us to follow it is our choice. But he did state that God was the living God, steadfast, and His kingdom would rule forever. Was this something he just knew or had he and Daniel talked about these things.

I like the way it ended by saying that Daniel had prospered in both kingdoms.


Ellen White Statements:

“Once more a proclamation was issued by a heathen ruler, exalting the God of Daniel as the true God. “King Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for He is the living God, and steadfast forever, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and His dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and He worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

The wicked opposition to God’s servant was now completely broken. “Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.” And through association with him, these heathen monarchs were constrained to acknowledge his God as “the living God, and steadfast forever, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

From the story of Daniel’s deliverance we may learn that in seasons of trial and gloom God’s children should be just what they were when their prospects were bright with hope and their surroundings all that they could desire. Daniel in the lions’ den was the same Daniel who stood before the king as chief among the ministers of state and as a prophet of the Most High. A man whose heart is stayed upon God will be the same in the hour of his greatest trial as he is in prosperity, when the light and favor of God and of man beam upon him. Faith reaches to the unseen, and grasps eternal realities.

Heaven is very near those who suffer for righteousness’ sake. Christ identifies His interests with the interests of His faithful people; He suffers in the person of His saints, and whoever touches His chosen ones touches Him. The power that is near to deliver from physical harm or distress is also near to save from the greater evil, making it possible for the servant of God to maintain his integrity under all circumstances, and to triumph through divine grace.” {PK 545.3}


Last thoughts:      

So what did we get from Chapter 6?

1)      Even when faced with death, Daniel held on to God.

2)      You don’t need to be Jewish for God to love you. The king knew God and what He could do.

3)      When we walk with God he will watch over us.

4)      Seeing is not always believing, the other wise men must have seen the same things that the king had but yet choose not to believe.

5)       There is always a price for turning our backs on God.

 

This was the close to the historical part of the book of Daniel.

About bobh6

I am Seventh-day Adventist pastor in the Texas Panhandle

4 comments on “Daniel 6:24-28

  1. Rosi
    November 19, 2011

    The lessons that we learn from Daniels life should be followed in every way. Each lesson is to teach us the love of God. Each lesson is to teach us how our relationship to God should be. God is never failing, always loving, wonderfully compassionate. How blessed we are to have Him as our God.

    • bobh6
      November 21, 2011

      I agree and have found that to be so true, but not only during the good times but in the tough times also.

  2. Amalia Mullen
    November 20, 2011

    Praise God when others come to praise God because of our witness! Indirectly Daniel brought the knowledge of God to nations through his work with the kings. We may be surprised when we get to heaven and see how many have come to Jesus indirectly through our influence. All heaven rejoices, why shouldn’t we even now in faith. We know the work started in us will bear fruit as long as we love him, we continue to bear witness. What an opportunity. Most of us plant a seed now, yet see the results later. Danile could see the fruit of his seed of faith almost immediately.

    • bobh6
      November 21, 2011

      Good point. your statment reminds me of Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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