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Daniel in the lions' den

Daniel chooses to obey and keep praying.
Contributed by YO! Ministry
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‘The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah... saying, “Turn now, everyone from his evil way and from the evil of your deeds, and live on the land which the Lord has given to you and your forefathers forever and ever; and do not follow other gods...”’ Jeremiah 25:1a,5-6a, (NASB) – Slide 1
‘Yet you have not listened to Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘in order to provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm ... This entire land will be a place of ruins and an object of horror, and these nations will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years...’ Jeremiah 25:7,11 (NASB) – Slide 2
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon conquered Judah ‘Then he led into exile all the people of Jerusalem and all the commanders and all the valiant warriors, ten thousand exiles, and all the craftsmen and the smiths. None were left except the poorest people of the land.’ 2 Kings 24:14 (NASB) – Slide 3
King Nebuchadnezzar chose handsome and very intelligent young Jewish men for his personal service. Daniel was one of those chosen. King Nebuchadnezzar greatly valued the service of Daniel. The king praised Daniel and his God above all others. (Daniel 1 and 2). – Slide 4
By God’s will and power, the Jewish people ministered to the nation of Babylon and taught them about the one true God. As the years passed, Daniel continued to serve King Nebuchadnezzar and also the kings that replaced him. (Daniel 3-5). – Slide 5
‘Darius the Mede started ruling the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two. ... It pleased Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, to be in charge of the whole kingdom, and over them, three commissioners (of whom Daniel was one).’ Daniel 5:31, 6:1-2a (NASB) – Slide 6
‘Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find grounds of accusation against Daniel regarding government affairs; but they could find no grounds of accusation... Then these men said, “We will not find any grounds to accuse Daniel unless we find it against him regarding the law of his God.”’ Daniel 6:4a-5 (NASB) – Slide 7
They told King Darius: ‘All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the counsellors and the governors, have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who offers a prayer to any god or person besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.’ Daniel 6:7 (NASB) – Slide 8
‘Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it will not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.’ Thereupon, King Darius signed the document, that is, the injunction.” Daniel 6:8-9 (NASB) – Slide 9
‘Now when Daniel learned that the document was signed, he entered his house (and in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and offering praise before his God, just as he had been doing previously.’ Daniel 6:10 (NASB) – Slide 10
‘Then they responded and spoke before the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps offering his prayer three times a day.’ Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed...”’ Daniel 6:13-14a NASB) – Slide 11
‘Then the king gave orders, and Daniel was brought in and thrown into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “Your God whom you continually serve will Himself rescue you.” And a stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den.’ Daniel 6:16-17 (NASB) – Slide 12
‘Then the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him.’ Daniel 6:18 (NASB) – Slide 13
‘Then the king got up at dawn, at the break of day, and went in a hurry to the lions’ den. And when he had come near the den to Daniel, he cried out with a troubled voice … “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you continually serve, been able to rescue you from the lions?”’ Daniel 6:19,20a,20c (NASB) – Slide 14
‘Then Daniel spoke to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, since I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.”’ Daniel 6:21-22 (NASB) – Slide 15
‘Then the king was very glad and gave orders for Daniel to be lifted up out of the den. So Daniel was lifted up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.’ Daniel 6:23 (NASB). Read Daniel 6:25-26. – Slide 16
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