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Daniel 6: 24 “And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den. 25 Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. 26 I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

For He is the living God,

And steadfast forever;

His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end.

27     He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth,

Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.”

 

6:24

And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.

Those who harm others ultimately injure themselves. Daniel did not seek payback. He left that with the king and God. The king condemned not only the leaders but their families as well.

Pr 26:27 “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it,

And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him.”

6:25

Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.

King Darius made a proclamation to his entire kingdom.

6:26

I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

For He is the living God,

And steadfast forever;

His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed,

And His dominion shall endure to the end.

Darius acknowledge that Daniel’s God is sovereign. Both Nebuchadnezzar and Darius came to the same conclusion about Daniel’s God (4:34-37; 6:26-27) that He is a living, sovereign God so Darius issued a decree about Daniel’s God. This new legislation rectified the old legislation drawn up by Daniel’s enemies.

Darius asserted that Daniel’s God was “the living God.” He was living as over against the dead idols he previously worshiped.

6:27

He delivers and rescues,

And He works signs and wonders

In heaven and on earth,

Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

The language of verses 27 and 28 sounds very much like a converted person. King Darius acknowledged that the deliverance of Daniel could only be attributed to the God of Daniel. He attributes the “signs and wonders” of Daniel’s deliverance to Jehovah.

6:28

So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

The word “prospered” is literally caused to prosper. God caused Daniel to prosper. God supplied for Daniel, not king Darius.

The book of Daniel does not say how long Daniel lived except that he lived in the reign of Darius and Cyrus the Persian.

PRINCIPLE:

God spiritually prospers the spiritually mature.

APPLICATION:

God prospers people who are spiritually mature. Daniel could trust God in crisis because he understood the person and work of God. He could draw on that by faith. He could meet any exigency in life by faith. Divine promotion is the result of orientation to divine revelation.

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