Daniel 6 is one of the most famous of Bible stories – when Daniel is thrown into the lion’s den. It begins when “Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him”. As you might expect, the home grown leaders were not happy that a foreigner had gained so much favor with the king and “the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom”. They weren’t going to let that happen without some attempt to derail it. So they “sought to find a ground for complain….could find no ground….because he was faithful”. Daniel was without error or fault.
They realize there was no grounds to disqualify him in any way. “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God”. But they know where they might be able to trip him up, so they put a trap in place and get the king to sign off on it. “Whoever makes petition to any god or man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions”. They knew Daniel wouldn’t turn on his walk with God. So they set up a trap around the one thing they know they can manipulate.
Daniel was faithful. “He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously”. He wasn’t going to change his routine for any reason. The king realized he had been duped, and after it became obvious that Daniel was violating his law, “he labored till the sun went down to rescue him”. The king doesn’t want to put his number one leader in the lions den. But he had no choice, and as he did he said “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” The king wants Daniel to be saved.
“The king went to his palace and spent the night fasting”. He wants Daniel to be safe. He rushes to the place Daniel had been thrown to the lions early int eh morning and shouts out. “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”. God came through. The king throws the other leaders in with the lions and they don’t have nearly as good an outcome. 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 the king says “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”. Daniel’s faithfulness led the king to see the One true God and as such, caused him to make God the God of all. Then he put Daniel back in charge and “Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius”. His faithfulness showed to all, and he made God known to all.