• William T. Howe Ph.D.

September 16, 2021

Daily Reading: Daniel 4-6

Daniel 6:24

And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

Most often when the story of Daniel and the lion’s den is preached or taught the focus is on Daniel, or perhaps the lions. One aspect that is seldom, if ever, mentioned is the consequences of those who opposed and accused him. Darius the king placed Daniel in a high-ranking office, he was the first of the three presidents of the land. The king held him in high esteem, over all the other presidents and princes. This caused jealousy of the others.

Often repeated is the phrase: “All you have to do to make others jealous of you is know more, have more, or do more.” This truth is seen in Daniel chapter six. The other presidents and princes hated Daniel so much that they sought to find occasion against him. Yet, because he was faithful and proper and right, they could not find one fault. So, they set him up. They used his faithfulness to the Lord God to trap him. Trap him they did.

These malcontents persuaded the king to establish a law that they knew Daniel would not, could not, keep. The punishment? The dreaded lion’s den. A place of no escape. To satisfy the unchangeable law the king had to put Daniel in this den of death. Yet, God intervened, and Daniel was not harmed. As a result the king commanded all the men who accused Daniel to be thrown into that den of lions.

The true-life sadness of the story is that not only did the men who set Daniel up lose their lives, but also their wives and their children lost their lives. Never could they have foreseen the awful consequences of their actions. If only they had believed the Word of God. Years earlier, Solomon put in the book of Proverbs this truth: Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him. (Proverbs 26:27) If they had simply believed this, they, their wives, and their children would not have lost their lives.

In all, in everything, in each situation, and in each action, use the Word of God as your guide, you will never go wrong.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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