The Lions’ Den, Part XI

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.  And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the  den.

Daniel 6:23-24

These verses illustrate the classic truth found in Proverbs 26:27, “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.”  When we set out to destroy someone or to take vengeance on someone, we are the ones who will be destroyed.  Bitterness destroys the host of the bitterness, not the object of the bitterness.  We know these things, but sometimes need reminded of them.  This verse gives us a graphic illustration of those truths.

The men who schemed and plotted to have Daniel killed in the den of lions we ultimately thrown to the lions themselves (along with their wives and children).  And I like how the Bible words what happened to them: “the lions had the mastery of them.”  The lions had no power over Daniel, but they certainly had power over those who hated Daniel.  God did not stop the mouths of the lions a second time.  In fact, the Bible says that were torn apart before they hit the bottom of the den.  That must have been a gruesome sight.  And that gruesome sight will stand forever as a reminder of what bitterness and jealousy can do to us.

It is so easy to allow bitterness and jealousy to creep into our lives.  It is so easy even to justify it’s existence.  But we must remember that harbouring it will eventually destroy us.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you Ben for this sobering reminder. “it is so easy even to justify it’s existence.” I know I’ve done that . . . yuck. God bless you as you lead us on in His truth and righteousness.

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    • I know I’ve done it far more times than I would like to admit. It’s kind of like pride- so easy to slip in and so hard to root out. But, He can and will help us!

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  2. Thanks, Ben 🙂

    “The men who schemed and plotted to have Daniel killed in the den of lions we ultimately thrown to the lions themselves (along with their wives and children).”
    Ouchers …
    I bet they never saw this coming…

    Thanks for sharing

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • Yes, “ouchers”! 🙂 I don’t think most people know about that part of the story. We usually just think about God delivering Daniel from the lions’ den and the story ending there. Important lesson for us!

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