Daniel in the Lions’ Den
Daniel was one of God’s people who lived in Babylon. Even though Babylon was not a God-fearing country, Daniel loved and worshiped God. Three times a day, he opened his window and kneeled to pray.
In Babylon, Daniel worked for King Darius. Daniel was so wise
and so hardworking that King Darius planned to make him ruler over the whole kingdom. That made the king’s other advisors very jealous, so they made a plan to get Daniel in trouble.
They knew that three times a day, Daniel opened his window and prayed to God. But King Darius didn’t know that. So they convinced the king to pass a law saying, “For the next 30 days, you can’t pray to anyone but King Darius himself. If you pray to anyone else, we’ll throw you into the lions’ den!”
When Daniel heard about the new law, what do you think he did? Did he stop praying because he was afraid? Did he pray in his closet so that no one could see him? No. He went right to his open window and prayed as he always had.
When the advisors saw him, they went straight to King Darius. “Didn’t you say that anyone who prayed to someone other than you should be thrown into the lions’ den? Well, we just saw Daniel praying to his God!”
Oh, no! King Darius didn’t want Daniel to be killed! He tried all day to undo the law and rescue Daniel. But the law was the law. Daniel had to be thrown to the lions.
Just before the den was sealed shut, the king called out, “Daniel, I hope your God delivers
you!” All that night, the king couldn’t eat or sleep because he was so worried about Daniel.
The next morning, he rushed to the lions’ den and called out, “Daniel, has your God rescued you?” And Daniel answered, “Yes! My God closed the mouths of the lions! I’m safe!”
Daniel was immediately taken out of the den, and King Darius praised the God of Daniel! And what do you think happened to those men who had accused Daniel? The king threw them in the den, and the lions ate them up.
How did God bless Daniel?
He saved Daniel from the lions.
As I hang the LION on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent promise for me: Just as God saved Daniel from the lions,
he saves me from my sins through Jesus.
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