Summary: This sermon encourages us to follow the example of Daniel when we are thrown into the lions’ dens of our life.
Surviving the Lions’ Den
November 10, 2002
A. [Unshakeable Faith, Citation: Abraham Heschel, Jewish author. Men of Integrity, Vol. 1, no. 2.]
Faith like Job’s cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.
B. Today we come to the sixth chapter of Daniel and the story of the lions’ den.
1. Daniel certainly had an unshakable faith because his faith had been shaken and tested in the past.
2. Today we certainly don’t face literal lions’ dens like Daniel did, but we certainly have difficulties that remind us of being in one.
3. So let’s study this chapter together and see what we can learn about surviving the lions’ den.
I. Daniel 6:1-4 (NIV), 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. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.
A. Satraps: Jealousy
1. Now these satraps were governors of provinces or states.
2. The KJV uses the word “princes.”
3. But we would more closely relate to them as governors of states.
4. Of course, they weren’t elected governors, they were appointed by Darius.
5. Now I should also point out that Cyrus was actually the king that took over after the slaying of Belshazzar, but he appoint Darius to oversee the kingdom of Babylon.
6. Then, Darius appointed these 120 satraps to oversee the provinces within Babylon, which ther called “satrapies.”
7. Then, Darius appointed three administrators to oversee the 120 satraps, and the three administrators would report to Darius.
8. Each of the administrators probably oversaw 40 satraps.
9. One of the three administrators was Daniel.
10. However, verse three tells us that Daniel had so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps that the king planned to set Daniel over all of Babylon.
11. Now I know that this kind of thing doesn’t happen today in our government, but (believe it or not) the 122 got pretty upset about this idea!
12. When the king started talking about setting Daniel over the whole kingdom, the 120 satraps and the other two administrators got offended.
13. I know that when governmental officials today get selected for the high positions of power, our governors and other politicians very graciously congratulate them and don’t become jealous. J
14. But as far-fetched as it may seem to us, the 122 got pretty jealous of Daniel and decided to dig up some dirt on him. J
15. They didn’t have any commercials to produce to try to get them elected, but they did look for some mud to sling around on Daniel.
B. Daniel: Diligence