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Daniel in the Lions’ Den. 6:1-5 (Darius, Daniel, and the Administration) Darius was an organizer and a survivor (like most men, he could be manipulated) Daniel was a righteous servant to God and man (God was always first with Daniel’s loyalty) The others were envious of Daniel

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Daniel in the lions den

Daniel in the Lions’ Den

  • 6:1-5 (Darius, Daniel, and the Administration)

  • Darius was an organizer and a survivor (like most men, he could be manipulated)

  • Daniel was a righteous servant to God and man (God was always first with Daniel’s loyalty)

  • The others were envious of Daniel

    • The error of envy (destruction of others and self)

    • The problem from pride (manipulated by blindness)

    • The dedication of Daniel


The error of envy

The Error of Envy

  • Enticed by others in higher places: Dan. 6:3

    • Jesus’ popularity (Matt. 27:18)

    • Joseph’s preferential treatment (Acts 7:9)

  • Need to take over by any means: Dan. 6:4-5

    • Prov 14:30 A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

    • Phil 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:


The error of envy1

The Error of Envy

  • Manipulation of others:

  • Dan. 6:6-9 The law is passed by Darius

  • Dan. 6:10-13 The report against Daniel

  • Dan. 6:14-15 The urge to punish the crime

  • Destruction of the envious: Dan. 6:24

    • Job 5:2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one. (Eliphaz)

    • Prov 27:4 Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?


The problem from pride

The Problem from Pride

  • Darius manipulated by the united effort of the administration (Dan. 6:6-9)

  • The law suggested he was supreme (30 days)

  • Irrevocable law showed he was not: 8, 12, 15

  • Nebuchadnezzar: 4:29-32

  • Belshazzar: 5:20-22

  • The law was in place, the trap was sprung, and Darius was sorry for the results


The problem from pride1

The Problem from Pride

  • Different reaction to the violation of his law

  • Dan. 3:19-20 King was furious

  • Prov 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

  • He tried to find a loop hole: Dan. 6:14

  • He fasted and did not sleep: 18

  • He arose early and cried: 19-20

  • He was glad when Daniel was well: 23


The dedication of daniel

The Dedication of Daniel

  • No fault found in Daniel (6:4)

  • Promotions can lead to self importance, blind ambition, brutality against others...

    • Col. 4:1, 1 Pet. 5:3-4

  • Create conflict (Dan. 6:5)

  • Two sources of authority: Matt. 21:25

  • Not always in conflict with one another

  • When they are? Serve God: Acts 4:19, 5:29


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