The Lions’ Den, Part X

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.  Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den.  So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

Daniel 6:22-23

In these verses, king Darius comes and finds Daniel unharmed in the lions’ den.  He gives the commandment for him to be taken out and he comes out with “no manner of hurt… found upon him.”  That phrase reminds me of the story of the fiery furnace in which Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego.  Daniel 3:27 says “upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.”

Daniel came out of a den of ravenous lions and “no manner of hurt was found upon him.”  Just as the three Hebrews had earlier come out of the fiery furnace with no sign that they had ever been there in the first place, so Daniel came out of the lions’ den with no sign that he had spent the night among hungry man-eaters.  The fire had no power over Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and the lions had no power over Daniel.  God controlled the fire, and God controlled the mouths of the lions.  What a wonderful, powerful God!

And why did God stop the mouths of these lions?  That answer is found at the end of verse 23: “…because he believed in his God.”  Daniel was spared because of his faith.  No matter what part of the Bible you look at, you will find the need for believing God and obeying Him.  No matter where you turn, you find stories of people who believed God and obeyed Him and were blessed beyond measure for it.  The question is: could the same be said of us?  “He believed in his God.”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben 🙂

    ” Daniel was spared because of his faith….. The question is: could the same be said of us? “He believed in his God.””
    Daniel was spared because of his faith and Stephen was stoned because of His faith. Both had different outcomes but their faith figured prominently.
    Praying we will recognize the Source of our faith and be open to trusting Him whether we face lions, fire, flood or stones!

    Blessings much,
    ann

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    • The object of our faith is everything. I have heard it said that it is infinitely better to have a small amount of faith in the right object that a great amount of faith in the wrong object. The more I think about it, the more I agree with that statement.

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  2. Oh how I wish I had the young man’s email address that I talked to today. This would bless him and encourage him. He had listened to God and walked away from job he’d had for 7 years. He was unemployed for 3 months, done some commercial mowing (but had to stop for ethical reasons there) and is now doing handy man kind of work. He had an interview earlier this week and is waiting to see, completely confident that God will bring Him into what He desires for him.
    God bless you as you believe in God today!

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