The Lions’ Den, Part I

This week, I will be gone taking a group of junior high and high school kids to a Christian camp. I will have no internet access, though I have scheduled posts for each day. I will respond to any comments that you leave when I get back home. Thanks for reading and God bless.

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;  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.  Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king throught to set him over the whole realm.

Daniel 6:1-3

The story of Daniel and the lion’s den is one of my favorite stories in the entire Bible.  I remember it from when I was a child, and I had a Bible story book with this great picture of Daniel standing with his back turned to the lions and head lifted toward Heaven.  The lions were all standing and looking at him curiously.  I remember the picture and I remember the story.  I thought it would be interesting to spend the week taking a closer look at this miracle.

The first few verses in the chapter give us the background.  Just to mention something, Daniel is an older man by this time.  I sometimes have a tendency to think of him and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as young people.  They were young at the beginning of the book, but by this time, Daniel is an older man.

These verses show us that Daniel was not thrown into the lion’s den because the king hated him.  On the contrary, he was very well respected and honoured.  From verse two, we get the idea that Daniel was second in charge to the king.  He was “preferred above the presidents and princes…”  The king loved and trusted him.  He was “set over the whole realm.”  What was the reason for this promotion and trust? 

“…because an excellent spirit was in him…” 

Daniel had an excellent spirit in him.  We should have that same excellent spirit in us.  If we are saved, the Holy Spirit indwells us.  Daniel was honest, upright, trusted and hard working.  We should be the same.  Daniel was successful because of his dedication to the Lord.  That is the same thing that will make us successful! 


4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    “Daniel was successful because of his dedication to the Lord.”
    How can we even expect to survive let alone prosper without being dedicated to Him? All our plans add up to zilch if we don’t let Him have the lead 🙂

    Funny, I shared earlier on Peter stepping out of the boat in trust. Daniel was placed in the Lion’s boat, so to speak, but still He trusted. I believe the same ‘excellent Spirit’ that guided Daniel also guided Peter and He is still available to those of us who would trust Him to guide us today.

    Praying our ears will hear and our hearts will obey Him despite the lions around us.



    • Peter is a great parallel. That “excellent Spirit” they had is indeed the Spirit within us that will guide us into excellent decisions like Daniel and Peter made. We need only to ignore the “lions and waves” around us and follow Him.


  2. I love this and the thought that we too have an excellent spirit within us. So thankful that I don’t have to try to do this on my own. I have excellent help!
    God bless you and thank you for this study!


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