Daniel, Servant of the Living God
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Daniel was faithful to God at all times. Even when his
life was threatened he never succumbed to compromise when it came to his service
to God. Because of Daniel's faithfulness, God kept Daniel from harm.
We have another superb record of God delivering Daniel in
Daniel chapter 6. There has been yet another change in rulership. Belshazzar,
the king of the Chaldeans was slain because of his disregard for God and Darius
the Mede ruled Babylon. This happens in the year 426 B.C. according to E.W.
The word Darius is an appellative meaning "king"
or "ruler" as we would use President, Pharaoh or Shah. After diligent
study of the Word and historical records, Bullinger concludes that this is
Astyages,* the same ruler, as Artaxerxes (the great
king) of Nehemiah 2:1 and Ezra 6:1 and the Ahasuerus (meaning the venerable
king) of Esther 1:1. We will visit these records as well, just not right now.
Many times when a new ruler comes on the scene he cleans
house and puts in his own princes and counselors. However, we see that this
Darius is wise and recognizes Daniel's worth and faithfulness.
:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes,
which should be over the whole
:2 And over these three presidents;
of whom Daniel was first:
that the princes might give accounts unto them,
and the king should have no damage.
:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes,
because an excellent spirit was
and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
:4 Then the presidents
sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the
but they could find none occasion nor fault;
forasmuch as he was faithful,
neither was there any error or fault found in him.
This is a tremendous testimony about Daniel. There was no
error or fault found in him regarding the kingdom or himself. He was faithful,
not only to God but to his ruler as well. Yet he didn't let his loyalty to
Astyages supercede his faithfulness to God.
:5 Then said these men,
We shall not find any occasion
against this Daniel,
except we find it against
him concerning the law of his God.
:6 Then these presidents
assembled together to the king,
and said thus unto him,
King Darius, live for ever.
:7 All the presidents of the kingdom,
have consulted together to
establish a royal statute,
and to make
a firm decree,
that whosoever shall ask a petition
of any God or man for thirty days,
thee, O king,
he shall be cast into the den of
:8 Now, O king, establish the decree,
that it be not changed, according
to the law of the Medes and Persians,
:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing
and the decree.
The adversary has worked through the people that Astyages
has surrounded himself with to destroy Daniel. Astyages, even though he favored
Daniel and recognized the great power of God, let pride and arrogance cloud his
judgment. He couldn't foresee the consequences of his actions until he had
already signed the decree making it law which he was obligated to uphold.
:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his
and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem,
he kneeled upon his knees three times a day,
and gave thanks before his God,
as he did aforetime. [he didn't change, he
didn't compromise on the Word]
:11 Then these men assembled,
and found Daniel praying
and making supplication before his
:12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's
Hast thou not signed a decree,
that every man that shall ask a
petition of any God or man within thirty days,
thee, O king,
shall be cast into the den of
The king answered and said,
The thing is true,
according to the law of the Medes
:13 Then answered they and said before the king,
of the children of the captivity of Judah,
regardeth not thee, O king,
decree that thou hast signed,
but maketh his petition three times
The princes just waited for Daniel to pray so they could
trap him. Can't you just see these snakes spit out the words "which is of
the children of the captivity of Judah."
:14 Then the king,
when he heard these words,
was sore displeased with himself,
and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him:
and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver
King Astyages was totally disgusted with himself for
allowing himself to be tricked. He did everything he could to find a loophole in
the law he just signed. I am sure his heart just sunk when he had to order
Daniel to the lion's den.
:15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king,
Know, O king, that the law of the
That no decree nor statute which
the king establisheth may be changed.
:16 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
he will deliver thee.
This is absolutely awesome. Darius the Mede--Astyages--a
pagan, spoke the Word to Daniel. Astyages could do nothing else; it was out of
his hands. He had to relinquish deliverance to God.
:17 And a stone was brought,
and laid upon the mouth of the den;
and the king sealed it with his own signet,
and with the signet of his lords;
that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
:18 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.
:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning,
and went in haste unto the den of lions.
Astyages was so distraught that he refused all
consolations and was not able to sleep all night. He did not have the peace that
comes from believing God yet he had recognized that God could deliver Daniel. At
the first opportunity he rushed to the den to let Daniel out.
:20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto
and the king spake and said to Daniel,
the living God,
is thy God,
able to deliver thee from the
:21 Then said Daniel unto the king,
O king, live for ever.
:22 My God hath sent his angel,
and hath shut the lions' mouths,
have not hurt me:
forasmuch as before him innocency
was found in me;
and also before thee, O king,
have I done
:23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him,
and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the
So Daniel was taken up out of the den,
and no manner of hurt was found upon him,
because he believed in his God.
I can just see Astyages jump for joy when Daniel answered
him. Can't you just see the worry and sorrow melt from his demeanor when
Daniel's voice rang out from the lion's den? When Daniel was drawn out of the
den there was not a single scratch on him. Those lions never touched him because
he believed in his God.
:24 And the king commanded,
and they brought those men which had accused Daniel,
and they cast them into the den of lions,
and their wives;
and the lions had the mastery of them,
and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at
the bottom of the den.
:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people,
that dwell in all the earth;
Peace be multiplied unto you.
:26 I make a decree,
That in every dominion of my
kingdom men tremble
before the God of Daniel:
for he is the living God,
stedfast for ever,
and his kingdom that which
shall not be destroyed,
and his dominion shall be
even unto the end.
:27 He delivereth
and he worketh signs
and wonders in heaven
and in earth,
who hath 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. [Astyages's
Daniel's faithfulness to God had great impact on his
boss-Astyages, Darius the Mede. God also protected his people even though they
had been scattered throughout the unbelieving nations. God did not reside in the
temple or the tent of the Ark of the Covenant alone but with the Believers.
Today it is still true. God is with us always, not just when we go to church.
Daniel's manner was to pray three times a day-look where it got him! We are also
told to pray. Let us pray frequently, praise Him and let our requests be made
known unto Him.
We shall see God move!
:2 Continue in prayer,
and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
:6 Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer
and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God.
:7 And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts
through Christ Jesus.
Companion Bible. Zondervan Bible Publishers, Grand
Rapids, 1974. Appendix 57.
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