Daniel 6:1-17 – Ps Mark Correll
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[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:1 “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom a hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;”[/symple_box]
This was a very large kingdom, and these men were set up to keep order in the land.
These princes are the “satraps” we had studied about previously. Each is a provincial administrator under the king. Daniel’s eminent appointment was to a post as “commissioner”, assisting the king as his vice-regent.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:2 “And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel [was] first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.”[/symple_box]
These three men were of higher rank than the 120, and were closer to the king. It is unusual for a Hebrew to be over these Medes.
These “princes” were responsible to prevent loss from military revolts, tax evasion or fraud.
Perhaps, the word had come to them of Daniel’s reading the handwriting on the wall and interpreting it. These three presidents were next in command under the king. It appears that each of them was over 1/3 of the kingdom.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:3 “Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit [was] in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.”[/symple_box]
Daniel found favor with the king, and the king was about to make Daniel the only one over all the kingdoms. This was sure to cause jealousy.
We must remember that the spirit in Daniel was of God. All of his answers to problems were right, because they came from God. It is no wonder the king wanted to set him above all the rest.
At this point in his life, Daniel was over 80. He had enjoyed God’s blessing throughout his life.
Daniel was a favorite of the king. He had experience, wisdom, a sense of history, leadership, a good reputation, ability, attitude and revelation from the God of heaven. Apparently, God wanted him in the place of influence to encourage and assist in the Jews’ return to Judah, since the return was made in Cyrus’ first year, right before the lions den incident.
From the record (of Ezra 1 and 6), all the basic elements of the return appear:
(1) The temple was to be rebuilt with the cost paid from Cyrus’ treasury;
(2) All Jews who visited could return, and those who stayed were urged to assist financially; and
(3) The gold and silver vessels stolen from the temple by Nebuchadnezzar were to be taken back.
To account for such favor toward the Jews, it is easy to think of Daniel not only influencing Cyrus to write such a decree, but even formulating it for him.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:4 “Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he [was] faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.”[/symple_box]
It appears, the jealousy of the others set them against Daniel. They tried every way they could to find fault with Daniel, that they might report it to Darius. Daniel had been a faithful servant of king Darius. They could find no fault with his work, or his loyalty to the king. They plotted together to try to get Daniel in trouble.
This plot was not unlike the effort against Daniels’s 3 friends (in 3:8), and was also similar to that by Joseph’s brothers (in Gen 37:18-24).
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:5 “Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find [it] against him concerning the law of his God.”[/symple_box]
Everyone who knew Daniel knew that he was more loyal to his God than to anyone, or anything else. They decided to trap him, by finding fault with his worship of God.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:6 “Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.”[/symple_box]
Notice, they began by flattering the king. They really did not care whether he lived or not, unless it would help them get their way.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:7 “All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.”[/symple_box]
The king was proud of his accomplishments, and he thought it nothing but right for his subjects to consult him first. He loved Daniel, and had no idea these presidents and princes were conspiring against Daniel. Notice, in this petition to the king, they appealed to the vanity of the king.
A deceptive stroke of the king’s ego secured his injunction, which was designed to benefit Daniels peers. Ancient kings were frequently worshiped as gods. Pagans had such inferior views of their gods that such homage was no problem.
The customs of heathen people, many times, will not be the same as Godly men. These presidents and princes were aware of Daniel’s loyalty to his God. They knew this was the only way to trap him. Notice also, these evil men set the punishment. They thought they would be rid of Daniel.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:8 “Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.”[/symple_box]
Once enacted, Medo-Persian law could not be changed, even by the king.
Advice from worldly people can cause much harm. A king should be more careful who he takes council from. Their flattery is what caused the king to listen to them. They remind him that once he has signed this paper, there will be no turning back. The law of the Medes and Persians was carried out when it was signed.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:9 “Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.”[/symple_box]
Their persuasion was so great, he just signed the paper.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:10 “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”[/symple_box]
One thing we must quickly see here, the law of God is above the laws of any land. If the law of the land puts you in a position of sinning against God, you disobey the law of the land and keep God’s law. That is the only reason to disobey the law of the land.
Daniel’s uncompromising pattern of prayer toward God’s temple conformed to Solomon’s prayer that the Lord’s people would do so. Three times a day was also the pattern established by David (in Psalm 55:16-17).
We must be like Daniel, and do right at all cost. He was willing to suffer whatever consequence came. He must worship God. Daniel did not hide.
He prayed 3 times a day. How many times have you prayed today? Look, also, at the humbleness of Daniel. He bowed on his knees, before his God. By opening the window toward Jerusalem, he was saying, his loyalty was to the God of Israel.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:11 “Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.”[/symple_box]
They knew he would, so they just waited to catch him praying.
Supplication is another way of asking for favor, or asking God to have mercy.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:12 “Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask [a petition] of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing [is] true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.”[/symple_box]
This had been the purpose of the decree in the first place. They wanted to get rid of Daniel. They are the same thing as a tale-bearer. Children would call them a tattle-tale.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:13 “Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which [is] of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.”[/symple_box]
The king would not have accepted this accusation, if it had been from one person. Several came as witness to this thing Daniel had done. They cleverly put in the fact that Daniel was with the captives of Judah, as if that made him a lesser person.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:14 “Then the king, when he heard [these] words, was sore displeased with himself, and set [his] heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him.”[/symple_box]
King Darius loved Daniel. He tried to find some way that he could get out of throwing Daniel into the lion’s den. Now, the king knew he had been trapped into signing this decree. He had gone from a self styled god to a fool in one day.
He was angry with himself for signing this into law. He did not immediately do this terrible thing. His hope was there would be some way out of this. Quick decisions get us all in trouble from time to time.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:15 “Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians [is], That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.”[/symple_box]
These evil, jealous men come to the king again, and tell him he has to carry out the law he has signed. He has no choice. He needed no reminding, but they did anyhow.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:16 “Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast [him] into the den of lions. [Now] the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.”[/symple_box]
It is interesting that Darius, the Mede, would tell Daniel that Daniel’s God would save him. I believe this was almost like a prayer the king prayed. He did not want to harm Daniel. He was trapped. The king threw Daniel into the lion’s den.
The word “den” is related to the Hebrew term meaning “to dig,” so it refers to an underground pit which likely had:
(1) a hole at the top from which to drop food into the pit, and
(2) a door at the foot of a ramp or on a hillside through which the lions could enter.
[symple_box color=”blue” fade_in=”false” float=”center” text_align=”left” width=””] Daniel 6:17 “And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.”[/symple_box]
The king’s signet was pressed into wax to show his seal. This signet was usually on a ring. We can see a type of the Lord Jesus, when they put the stone on the tomb, here. Daniel is in the den of lions. There is seemingly no way out.
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