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Commentary » Daniel 6:18-Daniel 6:28 »

Daniel Saved From The Lions

Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace. (Oswald Chambers in Run Today’s Race). … More


Darius, after a sleepless night, hastened to the lions’ den (v. 18). He evidently hoped for the best but feared the worst (vv. 19-21). When the king cried out to Daniel to see if he was still there, Daniel replied that God’s angel had kept the lions’ mouth shut (v. 22). Discovering that Daniel was still alive, Darius was overjoyed and had him lifted from the den (v. 23).

After Daniel was delivered, the king’s first action was to punish the princes and presidents whose wicked plotting was responsible for the attempt on Daniel’s life (v. 24). According to Persian custom, they with their families were punished. He ordered that they be thrown into the very den where Daniel had been and they themselves suffered the terrible doom that they had so cruelly planned for him. The same lions who Daniel had spent the night with, tore these villains to shreds even before their bodies came to rest on the floor of the den. Evil deeds often backfire on those who plan cruelty.

Nebuchadnezzar had come to believe that Israel’s God was real because of the faithfulness of Daniel and his friends. The king now made a proclamation that all people of his nation must fear and reverence Daniel’s God (vv. 25-27). Because of his faithfulness Daniel was exalted to a place of honor (v. 28). Although he was quite old at the time of the lions’ den experience, he had still further years of usefulness during the reign of Cyrus and Darius. Be faithful to God so He can use you to make an impact on others.

All of this shows how a man of God in the will of God is immortal until his work on earth is finished. Also this should be a challenge to every servant of God never to be afraid of the circumstances which may threaten him, but to believe that God is equal to every emergency.


Have I ever been guilty of worrying or fretting over circumstances in my life in which I had no  control? I’m sure I have! I just need to remember that the same God who delivered Daniel is able to deliver me from any circumstance of life.

Daniel 6:18-28 (English Standard Version)

Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from him. Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, "O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?" Then Daniel said to the king, "O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm." Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions-- they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces. Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: "Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring forever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion shall be to the end. He delivers and rescues; he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions." So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

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