This is an amazing topic as we can learn quite a few amazing lessons from hardship and trials as a Christian and even as a non Christian . What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? How did Daniel survive in the lions den ? What made Daniel survive the lions den ? Let us find out
What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? Faithful to God
Being faithful to God is not an easy thing . Especially when we think that we cannot do anything good from ourselves Only God has righteousness. We do not have any righteousness . This we cannot do any thing good of ourselves. But by faith God gives us this power called righteousness by faith . The power to do good. To be faithful like Daniel, one needs to be close to God and receive from God righteousness .
This is a great example of a men who is close to God everyday . Personal devotion is very important to be a true Christian . In prayer and reading the bible we receive power from God . Unless we spend time with God everyday out spiritual life will be bland and weak . What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? Faithfulness to God comes from spending time with God . Daniel was persecuted because he prayed to God everyday . This was the source of Daniel s power , time in prayer
What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? Righteousness by faith
It is a great misunderstanding to believe that we are saved by works . If we were saved by works then we would not need Jesus . We could save ourselves. But Jesus died for a good reason it is because we cannot save ourselves. Jesus died in our place because our works are not any good for salvation . Our works show we love God , our works do not help us attain salvation .
When we have works then it shows we have faith . When someone does something for someone, it shows that they love that person . Their works show their profession . Someone could very well work without love. Do works because they have to . Do works because they want to be seen as a good person . Do works to gain approval of people . Works do not mean much in our eyes . Because God knows the hearts. The bible says we are saved without the works of the law. Also if it is by works then it is no more of faith .
What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? This is not my home
This world is not your home What is a lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? It is that Satan rules this world and the fashions and habits that people have here is not from God. The pride, the seeking the first place, selfishness , benefiting oneself in others expense. The uncaring , unloving attitude all these things are not from God . Yet they are highly esteemed in this world . What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den .
We can learn that Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world . That because Adam and Eve fell then we are under the curse and as they transgressed and disobeyed God . We as children of Adam have the same constitution . Yet God rules the universe. God gives us power, all things belong to God . Nothing is impossible to God . Nothing is too hard for God . God keeps his children as the apple of his eye . Nothing that He does not allow can happen to us .
Daniel was greatly honoured for being faithful to God . He got the third place in the kingdom of Media and Persia. Daniel did not want to defile himself with the kings meat and food. They found Daniel much stronger and fairer after he ate vegetables. God gave them wisdom to know how to keep in good health .
Daniel refused to worship false gods first the king was very angry Nebuchadnezzar put them in a firry furnace . But Jesus preserved them alive . Not even the smell of smoke came upon them . God then honoured Daniel even in a pagan country . It is incredible to see that God can move in the hearts of pagans, atheists and any person on earth .
The King of Babylon , then the mightiest king on hare saw that these young men had special ability and intelligence . He saw that the God of the bible was with them . He put them in high position . God can use anyone to bless and prosper you . God can elevate you even in a pagan nation . We see that Paul when he was in a pagan city was afraid Yet God told him. I have many people in this city Paul . Even if they were pagans God was leading them and speaking in their hearts. Even if they had never read the bible before.
What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? Daniel chapter 5
Daniel 5 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.
The people of the kingdom of Persia were jealous of Daniel s wisdom and power . They wanted to find a way to bring him down.
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.
They found that Daniel worshipped the God of the bible and not their God . Not illegal at the time but they devised a way so that nobody could worship this God of the bible . What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? To be faithful means one will be persecuted for his faith . But God blesses those who are faithful to Him we see that Daniel was greatly magnified for his faithfulness to God .
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 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.
This law was made to worship the king only and no other god could be worshipped for 30 days . Could Daniel have refrained to pray for 30 days ? Yes maybe he would have lost his connection with God for a while .
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. 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
The laws of the Medes do not change . It remains steadfast. This biblically was false worship as we cannot worship a false god much less worship a human being such as the king . It means this kingdom was not very merciful even as God never changes .
God can change his mind and be merciful and forgive sins . God forgives sins all the time Darins was deceived by the leading men of the country . They told him that this law was good . They hid their hate of Daniel by flatering the king as if they honoured him and greatly apreciated him . It was all a deception against the servant and prophet of God .
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.
Daniel continued to pray and the people that made the decree spied on him to find out if Daniel would continue to pray while this 30 days decree was going on .
Could we see this as a provocation from Daniel or presumption ? Personally i would have refrained to pray and obeyed the decree. It is better to obey laws. In this case Daniel could have prayed in his heart to God or while sleeping . Daniel opened the windows of his house and prayed aloud. What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ?
To ask God his will when different situations arise.
Maybe God told Daniel to pray this way opening the window and praying out loud . We cannot judge and know if Daniel was presumptuous . We know that the bible never records any sin from Daniel . It does not mean that Daniel was sinless. As the bible says all have sinned and come short of the glory of God . But we cannot provoke people because of our faith .
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
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.
This was brought to the king that Daniel kept praying while the 30 day decree was going on .
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.
Daniel prayed 3 times a day . It is important to have regular times of prayer as the angels can thus be present and have order in the house for the time of prayer . What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? That prayer is powerful and heard from God . That we need to have that powerful devotional life to be close to God .
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 laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
The king finally understood that these men made this law only to trick Daniel and persecute him . The king was angry at himself to have allowed this law to be passed not understanding the implication and the reason why this law was made.
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.
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 serves continually, he will deliver thee.
The king already wanted to deliver Daniel from the Lions den . He knew Daniel was a faithful men and honest . He knew that God was with Daniel . And the traits of character and the fruits of Daniel were like the God of the bible . Honest, kind, humble, sincere, loving, forgiving, sweet gently, meek and lowly .
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.
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
That k=night the king fasted . We do not know if the king fasted to the God of Daniel or to his pagan gods. It seems like this practice was known in pagan countries also . That God listens to us when we fast and pray and our voice are heard in heaven. When we fast God sees the humility of the heart and that we are denying ourselves food to receive blessings and help from Him. This has great power with God fasting and prayer at the same time moves the arm of God to do what we desire in times of need.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
After the night of fasting the king went to see the den to see of Daniel was saved from God . The king loved integrity . The pagan king was touched with the honesty, humility and kindness of Daniel . The king did not want an honest good men to perish and be punished for no reason.
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
God moved also to the fasting and prayer of the king and Daniel s prayers. What is the lesson from Daniel in the lions den ? That God listens to our voice . God answers prayers. If we really want something from God we will persevere in prayer. Do not give up when asking God something you really want and need. Fasting is not for everybody but it is one of the best health tools we have to improve disease according to natural doctors.
Autophagy is incredible when we do not eat, the body continues to eat. But the body starts to eat itself inside . The body only eats and bad cells, the fat for quite a long time after the first days of fasting . Some people say that the body does not start to eat muscles and organs much after 30 days of fasting .
According to natural experts. Fasting is the greatest tool we have to get well . Our immune system is improved. ? When we digest food it takes 80 percent of the body energy to digest. When we fast the body has all the power to start repairing things. When the body is not digesting it is repairing . It is not an overnight thing. It takes quite a while to get well from fasting . But any fast you will do will improve your condition and help your body .
One of the greatest thing of fasting is that you are reposing the stomach . At last the stomach can rest a little from the continual work we impose on him of the 3 meals a day . Some people eat more than that , it means that their stomach is continually working , digesting food. This is immense energy and tiredness for the body . When people fast they feel a calm and tranquillity . As the stomach, the kidneys can rest.
PS 50 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
The king was very happy that God delivered Daniel . This is an amazing testimony for God in Media and Persia . The news went all over the kingdom that the God of the bible delivered Daniel from an seemingly impossible deliverance. I am sure many people started to follow the true God of the bible .
24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
Divine justice followed and the people who were full of envy, selfishness, hate, jealousy and wanted to benefit themselves at others expense were put in the lions den and were eaten up by the lions who spared Daniel .
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
This was the greatest evangelism event ever witnessed as Media and Persia ruled the then known world . To have the king commanding everyone on earth to worship the God of the bible was the most powerful evangelism event .
Millions of people all over the earth started to read the bible to find out what its teachings are / Surely millions received salvation and followed the true God of the bible . All of this because Daniel was faithful to God in all things. Because Daniel did not refuse to obey God who asks us to pray to Him and worship only the true God of the bible .
27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
After that God prospered and lifted up Daniel again to his position . God prospered Daniel and God is a just and faithful God . God will reward your faithfulness and honesty . God will reward your love to others to friends and enemies. God will reward you when you help those in need and you help people to know the truth . What would keep you from receiving Jesus in your heart now ? Repeat after me Father God come into my heart, forgive my sins . Heal and bless me Give me your righteousness please in the name of Jesus amen