Summary: A re-visit to Daniel in the lion’s den and how God blessed his excellent spirit.

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A pretty lonely guy decided life would be more fun if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet. After some discussion, he decided on a centipede, which came in a little white box to use for its house. He took the centipede home, found a good location for the box, and then decided he would start off by taking his new pet to a restaurant to have dinner. So he asked the centipede in the box, "Would you like to go to Wendy’s with me to have dinner?" But there was no answer from his new pet. This bothered him a bit, but he waited a few minutes and then asked him again, "How about going to Wendy’s with me?" But again, there was no answer from his new friend and pet. So he waited a few minutes more, thinking about the situation. He decided to ask him one more time; this time putting his face up against the centipede’s house and shouting, "Hey, in there! Would you like to go to Wendy’s with me to have dinner?" A little voice came out of the box from the centipede: "I heard you the first time! I’m putting on my shoes!!"

The Story of Daniel The story of Daniel in the lion’s den is an old favorite bible story and anyone who went to Sunday School as a child will recall it vividly.

History of Daniel

Nebuchadnezzar –King of Babylon besieged Jerusalem. He took gold & silver vessels from the tabernacle. He also took young men from the royal family and nobility to serve him in his palace. They were young men that were skilled, wise, know legible, and competent. One of those was Daniel. Some others were Hananiah, Mishael & Azariah. Oh, I see you don’t recognize those. That is because Nebuchadnezzar also took their names. He changed them to Shadrach, Meshach and Abenego. Oh yea. Those guys.

God gave Daniel the gift to interpret dreams and so he was quickly promoted through the ranks.

In chapter five of Daniel he gets promoted to the rank of President. There are only three Presidents who work directly under the king. The Presidents oversee over the 120 satraps (or Governors). But I’m getting ahead of myself. Here is how he became one of the three Presidents.

Read The Writing On The Wall You know the saying “Read the writing on the wall”? That saying came from Daniel chapter 5 when God writes on the wall to King Belshazzar during a great feast because He is angry with the king.

Remember the gold and silver vessels that King Nebuchadnezzar took from Jerusalem’s tabernacle?

Well, Nebuchadnezzar dies and his son Belshazzar (let’s just call him rocket scientist) decides that during his feast to have the vessels brought out so his wives and concubines can drink from these vessels dedicated to God’s house.

Jim Croce wrote this song:

You don’t pull on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t pull the mask off the ol’ Lone Ranger. And you don’t mess around with Slim.

I say:

You don’t steal from God’s Holy Place. You don’t treat God’s stuff with distain. You don’t take what’s holy –use it like it nothin’. And you don’t mess around with God.

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