Summary: “The sunset of Babylon’s kingdom has now become the dawning of the Medo-Persian empire.”

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The Lions in Daniel’s Den

Date: February, 26th, 2012

Scripture: Daniel 6

The story/Daniel/lion’s den/one/best-known/best-loved stories in the entire Bible.

 Little children love it/Sunday school teachers love to tell it.

 Encouraged/people/God for thousands of years.

 And why shouldn’t it?

 The story is filled with unexpected twists and turns and the good guy wins big and the bad guys … well,

 The bad guys are torn to pieces.

 Along the way we learn the secret of Daniel’s success.

 Somehow he managed to survive/thrive in a spiritually hostile environment.

Good point because Christians live in a world of spiritual hostility where the temptation to compromise our faith/with us every day.

The world doesn’t want its conscience pricked and doesn’t reward those who dare to stand up for what they believe.

 INTEGRITY is the theme of this 6th/Daniel

 The story of Daniel and the Lions’ den...

 “The story of the lions in Daniel’s den.

But before we read this familiar story, let’s remind ourselves of the SETTING.

 Daniel/still in Babylon/but/different government is in charge.

Belshazzar’s death/chap 5 and/ascension of Darius the Mede in chap 6, we pass/gold head/Neb statue to/silver chest and arms.

“The sunset of Babylon’s kingdom has now become the dawning of the Medo-Persian empire.”

 Now—remember—by this time Daniel is an octogenarian.

 He’s well into his 80's—

 he still has/health/and his mental faculties have not diminished in the least

 this aging prophet still had a job to do

 Work for which God had prepared him in advance to do.

 He's still God's choice.

 And he was still the choice of the king to be the prime minister.

 You know, the power of a virtuous life extends into old age.

Take your Bibles and turn to Daniel chap 6 and follow along as I read.

1 - 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.

Let’s understand the name “Darius”

 You see, “Darius” means “owner of the scepter.”

 “Darius” was more/title than a name.

 There were several Persian rulers who were called “Darius”.

 The “Darius” in this 6th chapter refers to Cyrus the Great, ________________________________________________

It’s interesting, 1st year of Cyrus, or 1st year of Darius, he gave a decree/Jews could go back to Judah.

 The 70 yrs/Babylonian captivity was up…Cyrus gave that decree.

 I really believe Daniel was the one who was of great influence on him to that extent.

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