Scripture tells us that the devil, our enemy, prowls the earth, seeking someone to devour. The lion’s den in Babylon served a similar purpose for those sentenced to death for various crimes. Jealous princes, prowling about King Darius’ court, could only find one thing to set Daniel up for such a death sentence: his allegiance to God.
Surrounded by the world’s treasures, Daniel’s focus remained on the eternal: faith, hope and love. Daniel applied his heart to understanding God, searching for wisdom as hidden treasure. Daniel prayed continually, for the just and the unjust. The law that allowed prayer only to an earthly king tested Daniel’s faith. Could he stand? Was he connected to the living God?
As he tumbled into the lion’s den, Daniel found hope in God’s promises, as Moses and others did. Daniel knew death did not mean defeat. The king, frustrated with his human error, made every effort to rescue Daniel. Contrary to his recent decree, the king also publicly set hope in Daniel’s God. The hungry lions touched not Daniel.
The princes, using flattery and deceit, designed an end to Daniel. The lions feasted on the princes’ greed and self-glory. Daniel continually stayed connected to the source of true love. Despite all his trials as a captive in Babylon, Daniel set his hope in a God of love.
This blog summarizes and shares personal insights on The Final Days: Daniel 6: From President to Cats’ Meat—Faithful unto Death, a verse-by-verse study of Daniel, presented by Pastor Christopher Barr at Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist church, Huntsville, Alabama. To find a seminar near you, visit Bible Prophecy Seminars.
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