Summary: This message calls upon all believers to have a resolute, uncompromising allegiance to Jesus Christ.
"The Man Who Broke The Law To Have Thanksgiving"
How do you respond when your faith is under fire?
Do you get weak knees, and feal like you are going
to faint, or do you become more resolute, more det-
ermined not to compromise what you believe?
In Chapter 6 of the book of Daniel, we find that
King Darius chose 120 princes over his whole king-
dom, to serve him, and 3 presidents, one of which
was Daniel, to manage his affairs. It wasn’t long
before Daniel proved himself to be worthy of being
the leader of the entire group. Let’s notice some
of the great leadership qualities that he manifest-
1. First of all, DANIEL HAD AN EXCELLENT SPIRIT.
In other words, he had a good attitude, and was
industrious, and dependable.
2. Secondly, we find that DANIEL WAS FAULTLESS.
The jealous presidents and princes who had been
out-classed by Daniel attempted to bring about
his ruin, but they could find nothing that he was
doing that was wrong.
Of how many of us, do you suppose, that could be
Thirdly, the wicked, unbelieving princes and
presidents came to the conclusion that they could
find no fault in him, unless it involved his being
faithful to his God.
3. Thirdly, it says that DANIEL WAS FAITHFUL TO
Are we what we profess to be-followers of Jesus
4. Next, we see that DANIEL WAS UNCOMPROMISING
IN HIS DEDICATION TO HIS GOD.
When the wicked princes and presidents had
tricked Darious to sign a law that anyone who re-
fused to pray to the king as god be arrested he
passed a law that Daniel could not obey. He con-
tinued to kneel and pray to his God 3 times a day.
5. Fifthly, we see that DANIEL CELEBRATED THANKS-
GIVING BEFORE THERE EVER WAS A THANKSGIVING, AND
HE BROKE THE KING’S LAW IN ORDER TO PRAY AND GIVE
THANKS TO HIS GOD.
I wonder what we would have done under the same
circumstances. I hope that we would be faithful
6. Next, we find that DANIEL WAS CAST INTO THE
LION’S DEN. That was the punishment for disobeying
the law of the king.
The king wanted to rescue Daniel from his
ill-advised law, but among the Medes and Persians,
once written, it could not be altered.
7. Then, according to the king, DANIEL SERVED HIS
GOD CONTINUALLY. It was his manner of life, his
lifestyle. Daniel was cast into the lion’s den,
but the king wished him the protection of Daniel’s
God. The king spent a sleepless night, and fasted.
He then arose early the next morning and rushed to
see what had become of Daniel.
Notice what happened, when he came to the lion’s
den, he cried with a lamentable voice, "O Daniel,
servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou
servest continually, able to deliver thee from the
Daniel answered and said-"O king, live forever, My
God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’
mouths, they 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."
The king was exceedingly glad, and had Daniel re-
moved from the lions den; then, he had those who
had betrayed Daniel cast into the lions den with
their families, and all of them were torn to shreds,
and their bones broken.
When we are faithful to God, God can deliver us, if
He so chooses, and can glorify His name through our
deliverance. Darius passed a law that in every
dominion of his kingdom men tremble and fear before
the God of Daniel, for He is the living God. He
delivereth and rescueth."
Daniel knew how to observe Thanksgiving. Do we?