Daniel and the Lions' Den
his kingdom shall never be destroyed,
and his dominion shall be to the end.
27 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.”
I've heard the story and read the story of Daniel and the Lion's den many times in my life. When I was in Grade 6, my school did a musical based on the story for the Spring concert and I was cast in the role of King Darius. I think sometimes that hearing a bible story so often we tend to overlook certain details because we've heard it so many times. We don't really think about the magnitude of a miracle, or the bravery of a person, or what divine intervention really meant in a given situation.
Today, when I was reading this passage, something new occurred to me. I have never really thought about why the advisors were able to pass such a crazy law in the first place. These advisors appealed to Darius' vanity and stoked his ego to the point of putting a person's life in danger. I'm not sure why this just occurred to me today...especially since my best friend at the time in Grade 6 was cast in the role of Daniel. It wasn't a stretch for me to think about how Darius must have felt when he realized that he had been tricked into making a stupid law because in that grade 6 play, I was giving up my friend. I understood that as I recited my lines to sentence "Daniel" to his death it was something I would not have wanted to do to my friend, just as I'm sure Darius did not want to either. What I did not think about was that it was not only the fault of the advisors who tricked Darius but also Darius himself. Was Darius so self-centered and unaware that one of his most trusted advisors prayed to his God every day without fail? Was Darius just focused on his own desire to be worshiped? How much convincing did Darius need to pass such a law?
It makes me think about my own life...Where is my focus? Am I too busy worrying about stoking my ego than to know the people around me....yikes...that might be a little too real in my life. Am I listening to bad ideas from people around me? How much influence does that have on the decisions I make every day? Does it...Will it...take something drastic from God to convict me of my need for Him? And what would I do?
What does Darius do?
John MacArthur suggests this is what happened when the advisors got their way and the law was passed and Darius was made to look like a fool:
May I never hear this story so often that I don't take the time to realize that I am very much like Darius--selfish and prideful--and that I need to be more like Daniel--God honouring and faithful.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Daniel 7:1-7