The Lions’ Den, Part IX

Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.  And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?  Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.  My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

Daniel 6:19-22

King Darius came to the mouth of the lions’ den the morning after Daniel had been put in to see if he had lived through the night.  He came to see if Daniel’s God had been able to deliver him from the lions.  He had.  Imagine the happiness and relief that Darius must have felt when he heard Daniel’s voice come back “O king, live for ever…”

I have often wondered how Daniel acted in the den of lions.  I have often wondered if he was scared at all when they first put him there.  I wonder if he spent the night in prayer, hoping nervously that the lions would also spend the night in prayer and fasting, or if he just curled up and went to sleep, ignoring the lions.  Being an animal lover, I wonder if he, at any point, petted the lions.  There is a famous painting that depicts Daniel standing in prayer with the lions halfway circled around him, just staring at him.  Unfortunately, the Bible gives us no details about how Daniel passed that night.  But, the only detail that we really need is the fact that Daniel did pass that night, and was delivered.

Daniel’s faith is something that we can emulate.  He believed God and that is the faith that will give us victory in every area of our lives.  As Hebrews 11:33 tells us “Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions…”


4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you Ben

    “Unfortunately, the Bible gives us no details about how Daniel passed that night. But, the only detail that we really need is the fact that Daniel did pass that night, and was delivered.”
    Sometimes when we’re passing through our own ‘den at nights’, He chooses not to provide a step-by-step plan but gives a ‘step at a time’ plan instead. I can’t say it is the easiest of things to follow but knowing I am not on my own makes a world of difference. The thought that I can survive simply because He is with me is much cause for celebration!

    ( P.S. … I’m just realizing that a whole bunch of comments I made across various posts over the last week or so have not been published. Apparently I needed to hit ‘post comment’ twice but I didn’t know and I closed the window or hit back button after posting. I don’t post from the same physical location all the time so I know it’s not equipment malfunction. … Is anyone else having this issue?)


    • That’s true. We can’t always see the whole picture down the road, but we can rejoice that He has promised to be with us every step of the way. No matter how tough our situation, we can know that He will be there with us. What a great thought!

      I have had that problem too. I noticed it the other day. I just put a bunch of updates on my computer, so I thought it was just something weird with my computer, but it must be a problem with wordpress. I wonder if they know about it, as it is a little annoying.


  2. Ben, I loved your thoughts about how Daniel spent the night in there. 🙂 It might be helpful to know , but we don’t get to. ha! So, I loved Ann’s comment about knowing He is with us and that being cause for celebration. The next time I feel like I’m in the den for the night, I will remember this, and whether I pray or sleep or praise or comfort the lions . . .I will rejoice in Jesus!
    God bless you as you take us along on your study of His word!


    • That is the one common thread- rejoicing in Jesus. No matter what he actually did in there, I’m sure there was a lot of praising the Lord for His deliverance. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, that is one thing that we can always do!


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