Summary: Daniel in the pit of lions. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
(1). THE TRAP IS SET (vs 1-9)
• (a). Daniel is a success (vs 1-3)
• (b). Daniel is envied and targeted (vs 4-9)
(2). THE TRAP IS SPRUNG (vs 10-17)
• (a). Daniel is watched (vs 9-11)
• (b). Daniel is arrested (vs 12-17)
(3). THE TRAP IS SPOILED (vs 18-28)
• (a). Daniel and the king (vs 18-20)
• (b). Daniel and his reply (vs 18-23)
• In the earlier part of the service we sang the old children’s song: “Dare to be a Daniel”
• And over the weeks we have noted;
• That the faith of Daniel has been an inspiration to many young people;
• As a teenager of around 15-17 years of age;
• Daniel chapter 1 verse 8 tells us:
• N.I.V.: “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine”
• K.J.B.: “But Daniel purposed in his heart...”
• GNB: “Daniel made up his mind not to let himself…”.
• NLB: “But Daniel was determined not…”
• So the faith of Daniel has been an inspiration to many young people;
• But the faith of Daniel should be an inspiration to many older people to!
• Daniel should also be an inspiration to elderly people;
• As an example of service and commitment in their “golden years”
• Because in this book we get to see and read of his faith as an older man,
• Scholars suggest that in chapter 6 he was probably in his mid-eighties.
• We often tell this story as a children’s story,
• And invite children to “dare to be a Daniel,” which is good and fine,
• But it is also an older persons story,
• And we should also invite the octogenarians in the crowd to dare to be a Daniel as well.
• (An octogenarian is somebody between 80 and 90 years of age)
• For years we have had a para-Church movement called ‘Youth For Christ’;
• Maybe it’s time to start another movement called; ‘Geriatrics For Jesus!’
You realise that aged has many benefits:
• i.e. If ever held hostage you are likely to be released first.
• i.e. No one expects you to run into a burning building.
• i.e. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
• i.e. There's nothing left to learn the hard way.
• i.e. Things you buy now won't wear out.
• i.e. You enjoy hearing about other people's operations.
• i.e. You can party and the neighbours don't even realise it.
• i.e. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
• i.e. Your back goes out more than you do.
• i.e. Your eyes won't get much worse.
• i.e. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either!
• On Camp last week I was holding baby Emily (Mark & Sarah Donaghy’s baby)
• I walked from table to table;
• Knowing that the baby would be a good conversation starter with the campers;
• Not realising I could hear;
• One girl camper turned to her friend and said; “I think he’s the baby’s granddad!”
• We are all getting old,
• But let’s make sure we are still growing UP in our faith and not just growing older!
• There are too many grey-haired babies in our Churches!
(1). THE TRAP IS SET (vs 1-9)
(a). Daniel is a success (vs 1-3);
“It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps to rule throughout the kingdom, 2 with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel. The satraps were made accountable to them so that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
• Chapter 6 starts off by informing us of Daniel’s success;
• We can say that he had stood the test of time;
• And was still viewed as one of the top heads of state in the land.
Quote: Reader's Digest magazine described success this way:
“A successful man is one who can make more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find this man”.
• We pick up the story in Daniel chapter 6;
• Where verse 2 tells us Daniel is given a key political appointment;
• He is one of three governors presiding over the kingdom.
• As we start to look at chapter 6;
• Remember that there is a new monarch on the throne,
• There has been a change of dynasty.
• Nebuccanezer is no more,
• The Babylonian Empire is now a thing of the past.
• It has been conquered by the combined might of the Medes and the Persians.