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Living in the Lion's Den (7 of 7)
Daniel 6:1-10, 21-23
Seventh (7) in a series of seven (7) sermons from the book of Daniel chapters 1-6.
I think all of us would agree that we need to pray when we're in trouble and need help. Maybe you have prayed a prayer like one man did. His prayer was, "Dear God, I think you'd be proud of me! So far today, I've done pretty good. I haven't gossiped, lusted, lost my temper, or been greedy, grumpy, nasty, mean, selfish or overindulgent. And I'm thankful for that. In a few minutes, though, I'm going to get out of bed. From then on I'm probably going to need a lot of help."
We'll, prayer keeps us out of trouble, but sometimes prayer may get us into trouble. That's what happened to Daniel as recorded in Daniel chapter 6. His practice of prayer got him thrown into a lion's den. But God rescued Daniel and in the process showed once again to a pagan king that He was really the one in control. Let me read a portion of this account beginning at verse 1. Read 6:1-10, 21-23).
The Way of Success (6:1-3)
With chapter six we have yet a new king that we were first introduced to at 5:30. Historically, Darius could possibly be the person known as Gubara who was appointed by Cyrus of Persia to rule Chaldea. Daniel was to be one of the three administrators or governors over the 120 satraps (i.e., government officials) who would rule over the kingdom (v.2). Their job would be to provide the normal public duties of insuring security in their province and for collecting tribute (taxes). Having three overseers was the king's way of having a system of checks and balances and to protect the king from fraud.
Darius planned to set Daniel over the other two administrators (v.3). He saw what others before him had seen, his "exceptional qualities" (NIV) or "extraordinary spirit" (HCSB). The wording here indicates that Daniel's "extraordinary spirit" was of supernatural origin and was recognized as such. What's ...
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