Lions and the Rescue of God


Sometimes we are so afraid of the lions that we fail to place our faith in the rescue of God.  Daniel was faithful to the Lord and even though the king put him in with the lions, God protected Daniel.  God’s rescue is based in his love for us, proven in the gift of his Son…

3 Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. 4 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so.

6 So these administrators and satraps went as a group to the king and said: “May King Darius live forever! 7 The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den.” 9 So King Darius put the decree in writing.

10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him.

15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.”

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.

19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Daniel 6:3-4, 6-7, 9-10, 13-23

The story of Daniel and the lions highlights the importance to serve the Lord even when there is opposition and when we might risk serious consequence.  God can reward and protect his children for being faithful.  I think the latter half of that idea is foundational to our lives in relationship with God.  The Lord is our rescue.

Notice that the King tried to save Daniel all day and he could not – the power of his own decree was greater than his own desire and love for Daniel.  God’s rescue is greater and all-powerful.  His rescue overpowers the world and its laws and decrees.  God’s rescue is based in his love for us and it is accomplished in his Son’s death, burial, and resurrection.

Everyone can want us dead or in jail or persecuted, yet God is our rescuer.  God is our authority, because he is our author.  The king encourage Daniel with a blessing that his God would rescue him.  And then in the morning, the king rushed back to find out if God rescued Daniel.

Daniel proclaimed that he had been rescued, because he was found innocent in God’s sight.  We have also been found innocent in God’s sight.  Why? Because Jesus paid our debts before God. He became sin for us so that we could become God’s righteousness (2Corinthians 5:21).

Sometimes we are so afraid of the lions that we fail to place our faith in the rescue of God.  Be like Daniel.  Follow and serve the Lord.  God will rescue you.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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