Summary: Exposition of the unassailability of Daniel and his God from Daniel 6
Text: Daniel 6:1-28, Title: Unassailable, Date/Place: NRBC, 8/31/09, AM
A. Opening illustration: define Unassailable: immune to attack; incapable of being tampered with; "an impregnable fortress," without flaws or loopholes, secure against attack; impregnable; undeniable, incontestable or incontrovertible. 74% say they are concerned about the moral condition of the nation. That point of view is only slightly more pronounced among Christians. When asked the basis of their moral choices, 44% cited their desire to do whatever will bring them the most pleasing or satisfying results. 17% base moral decisions on what they believe will make other people happy or minimize interpersonal conflict. 17% credit the values they were taught by their family as the dominant influence on their moral considerations. Only 24% of born again adults rely upon the Bible or church teachings as their primary source of moral guidance. Get kids to be the lions roar!
B. Background to passage: Remember that last time we looked at Daniel, Belshazzer, the last king of the Babylonians, had seen the writing on the wall, and been told that he had been weighed in the balance, and found wanting, and thus was slain that night according to the word of the Lord. Now Darius the ruler under Cyrus, appointed Daniel among the wise men of his court. And again, the favor that Daniel had with God caused them to be jealous and seek to harm this nearly 80 year old man of God. So a plot was hatched, carried out, but the Almighty God and Daniel his servant were unassailable.
C. Main thought: Daniel is one of the few bible characters that we have a considerable amount of material on who is not found wanting in some area. And in the twilight of his life, he finishes well!
A. Unassailable Character (v. 3-5)
1. The bible speaks here of Daniel having an excellent spirit. The word means exceedingly, surpassingly superior. It means outstandingly special, preeminent or exceptional, and having much wisdom. So excellent even that the king was planning to set him over all the wise men there. Their jealousy raged, and a plan was sought to catch him in a scandal. But the bible says that he was “faithful,” or trustworthy. His character was impeccable. The bible says that they could not find fault in him. James Boice, the late Presbyterian commentator, said that he wished this could be said of more believers. In fact they decided that the only way to snag him was to use his relationship with God against him. Of course they didn’t know that it was impossible.
2. 1 Tim 3:1-7, 6:1, Titus 2:5,
3. Illustration: There are approximately 1,090,000 divorces per year in the U.S.7 Since the Christian divorce rate is essentially the same as the nation’s overall divorce rate, and since 41% of population is born again, number of Christian divorces equals 1,090,000 x .41 / 365 = 1,224 per day. 1,500 pastors leave their assignments every month in the United States because of conflict, burnout, or moral failure, Chuck Swindoll wrote, “Character is the moral, ethical, and spiritual undergirding that rests on truth, that reinforces a life in stressful times, and resists all temptations to compromise.” That is the kind of character God wants to develop. Why? Because our character determines how we interpret God’s will. When asked about cheating on exams, students from non-religious independent schools had the lowest cheating rate, 47 percent, compared to 63 percent of students attending religious schools. Of greater concern, 93 percent of students surveyed indicated they were satisfied with their own character and ethics saying that when it comes to doing what is right, they thought themselves to be better than most people they knew.