After taking over Babylon, the Medo-Persian empire replaced the Chaldeans and continued the same Babylonian religious political system. Then king Darius the Mede organized his kingdom into 120 provinces and made Daniel his prime minister.
Daniel 6:1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;
The kingdom was divided into 120 province with a governor over each one, and three presidents over the governors to serve the king. Daniel was made chief ruler or prime minister under the king.
6:2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.
6:3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
Political intrigue enters and the others conspire against Daniel.
6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
They conclude that Daniel was blameless and decided to contrive a cause from his faith in the Eternal.
6:5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
These top leaders then conspired against Daniel and appealed to king Darius using flattery to establish a foolish decree.
6:6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
The king’s vanity was appealed to, and he approved the decree.
6:7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
6:8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
Then Darius approved the decree which could not afterwards be altered.
6:9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
What does Daniel do? He put God first!
He puts God first and does so openly! Daniel does not hide in a closet, NO he opens his window shutters and sets an example for those folks, for us and for all humanity; for all eternity of godly courage based on a profound faith! Who has a Bible and has not heard of the faith and courage of Daniel?
Let all the called of God: Dare to be like Daniel, and: Dare to take a stand for what is godly and right!
Daniel made known his faith and fealty to the Eternal above the word of any man, even the emperor of the known world!
The Eternal is the Mighty God and King of our salvation ;not any man! To follow men and not the word of God is IDOLATRY! and NO idolater shall be in the resurrection to spirit!
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
It is interesting that these rulers KNEW that Daniel would do this! They knew Daniel and his love and passion for the Eternal, so they knew that they could trap him in this way; and Daniel was faithful to God and chose to make no secret of it. Indeed he opened his windows and openly flaunted his zeal for the Eternal Almighty God as an example for all!
When an elder asks you to take part in polluting God’s Sabbath by taking part in some catered meal or inappropriate activity on Sabbath or Holy Days: Do you refuse to sin like Daniel did? Do you dare to be like Daniel and serve the Eternal God with all your heart regardless of what men may say or do?
6:11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
Just as they foresaw, these people found Daniel praying to God and reported the matter to the king as breaking the command of the king.
When you are zealous for the whole Word of God, God’s weekly Sabbath and his Holy Days; do you fear being reported for your zeal? or are you ready to give an answer from the word of God and courageously declare that you will obey the Word of God like Daniel?
6:12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
6:13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.
Then king Darius repented of his law, but it could not be undone in his kingdom.
6:14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
6:15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.
This king Darius also had hope that God would deliver his faithful.
6:16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
This unconverted emperor had more faith than the called out of spiritual Israel today!
Yes Darius spoke the truth; and if we today are zealous for our Mighty One; even if we are rejected by our friends or die in HIS service; HE WILL RAISE US UP ON THAT DAY!
The lion’s cage was sealed so that no friend could come and rescue Daniel.
Brethren, if we are ostracized and made friendless, God is testing us and teaching us to trust in God alone for our salvation! If we are rejected for our zeal to learn and keep the whole Word of God; then “Bury yourself in the Book!” Run to HIM! For God alone is worthy of our trust and obedience!
6:17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
Darius spent the night fasting, sleepless for his friend Daniel.
6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
The king rushed to Daniel as soon as he could see in the morning.
6:19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
6:20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
Daniel answered the king, and was released. God defends his faithful because they are innocent before him.
Brethren this deliverance of Daniel from the lion’s and death; was an example that Almighty God will deliver his beloved passionately faithful [faithful as Daniel was faithful] from the “Roaring Lion” Satan himself, and from the grave of certain death.
Daniel 6:21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that 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.
Daniel was faithful in all things before God and the king
6:23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in [and obeyed the Eternal] his God.
Then the leaders who had sinned against God’s faithful were themselves punished.
It is one thing for professing Christians to say they do not agree with our zeal; and it is quite another thing to take on the role of Satan and actively persecute those zealous for God.
Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
The humble and sincerely repentant who eagerly follow the Eternal shall be in the resurrection to eternal life; and those who receive [accept] such a spiritual childlike brother full of love and zeal for the word of God, does good to Christ.
18:5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Anyone who rejects or persecutes the zealous to learn and to keep the whole word of God; offends Jesus Christ!
18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones [any brethren faithfully submissive to live by Every Word of God] which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
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.
Then Darius made a decree to all of his kingdom. This decree is a prophecy that all people shall worship the Eternal when Messiah the King of kings comes and establishes the kingdom of God over all the earth.
6:25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
6:27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
May all of God’s called out, be as faithful, as bold and courageous, as zealous as Daniel!
Let us all stand wholeheartedly on every Word of God, without any compromise; forever!
6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.