It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom 120 satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom; and over them three high officials, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss. Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God.”
Satrap (Say-trap) - governors over the providences
They didn’t like the attention Daniel was getting
Have you ever felt someone was out to get you or take your job?
or maybe you were on the other end where you felt that someone was getting more attention.
I like to use kids as an example.
(talk about when Stonewall was born)
Then talk about what kids do when they get older and lie about about what the sibling did to get them in trouble.
Then these high officials and satraps came by agreement to the king and said to him, “O King Darius, live forever! All the high officials of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an ordinance and enforce an injunction, that whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, which cannot be revoked.” Therefore King Darius signed the document and injunction.
They couldn’t find anything wrong with Daniel. They made a plan to entrap him.
He was Faithful
Daniel was so faithful to God, that they couldn’t find any fault. They devised a law to go against the God almighty.
Now we all know it never works out when you go against God’s will.
When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem. He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously. Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and plea before his God. Then they came near and said before the king, concerning the injunction, “O king! Did you not sign an injunction, that anyone who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?” The king answered and said, “The thing stands fast, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked.” Then they answered and said before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or the injunction you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.” Then the king, when he heard these words, was much distressed and set his mind to deliver Daniel. And he labored till the sun went down to rescue him. Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or ordinance that the king establishes can be changed.”
They were manipulative
The other high officials were manipulative. They got want they wanted. They wanted to get rid of Daniel. Of course the king loved Daniel and he was hurt that he had to deliver Daniel to the lion’s den.
Have you ever had a family member or friend that knows the right thing yet still messes up. Sometimes you just have to think to yourself, I need to let this person go and do their thing. It hurts you because all you want to do if help that person and care for them. Because you love them that much. That’s how the king felt about Daniel.
Then the king commanded, and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king declared to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him. Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
The king was worried all night. He didnt get any sleep. He fasted. He was this way because he was worried.
People know I go to Tonopah for work on occasion. *Sleepless Nights*
The king then awakens and rushes to the den.
The king saw the work of the Lord
NO harm found because
HE Trusted in the Lord!
Daniel trusted in God and he was found blameless before God.
The king was ecstatic to see that his friend was not harmed.
And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces. Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: “Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
The king goes wait a minute these people who were trying to get rid of Daniel, they deserve.
HE IS THE LIVING GOD
King Darius saw the true living God in Daniel. He made a decree, an official order issued by a legal authority. Decree has the force of law