The Lions’ Den, Part XII

Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.  I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.  He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

Daniel 6:25-27

There is something that I think sometimes gets lost when read stories like this in the Bible, especially if we have grown up hearing these stories.  At some point, there is a tendency to classify stories like “Daniel and the lions’ den” and “David and Goliath” and others as just “Bible stories.”  They become little more than interesting stories, not all that different from an inspirational story that we would read anywhere else.  But I sometimes have to remind myself that these stories are real, not just part of Bible “literature.”

Daniel was a real man, similar to me.  He went to bed at night, he woke up in the morning, he ate, he worked; he was an actual person.  The lions’ den was not a story that he made up to put in his book.  There were real (and apparently ravenous) lions.  And he was literally thrown in with them.  Hearing the story hundreds of times tends to make those facts more mundane than they should be.  All of these things literally happened.

But, fortunately, as the new decree given by Darius can confirm, God also literally delivered him.  God literally closed the mouths of the lions.  As it says in verse 27, “He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth…”  Yes He does, king Darius.  And that is the God I serve!

4 responses to this post.

  1. That’s so true , Ben, about the stories becoming more like fairy tales and harder for us to glean what God would have to say to us through them. Thank you and God bless you for taking the time and energy to seek Him through this portion of scripture!

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    • I know that’s a struggle for me, especially since I have heard these stories all my life. It’s really been eye opening to dig through them and really meditate on them.

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  2. Thanks Ben

    “But, fortunately, as the new decree given by Darius can confirm, God also literally delivered him.”
    How the tide has turned. … The same hand that signed Daniel’s death warrant for serving His God is the same hand that now signs the announcement of His greatness. Look at that!

    ” At some point, there is a tendency to classify stories like “Daniel and the lions’ den” and “David and Goliath” and others as just “Bible stories.” They become little more than interesting stories, not all that different from an inspirational story that we would read anywhere else. But I sometimes have to remind myself that these stories are real, not just part of Bible “literature.”
    I’m recalling a comment I once heard. A child was asked her favourite Bible Story …. she said ‘Hansel & Gretel’. It may sound funny but for some, this is a reality. I am thankful that I know the God that delivered Daniel and ‘showed Himself strong’. He’s very real to me.

    Blessings,
    ann

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    • I like the parallels between this story and the story of the fiery furnace. After seeing the power of God, both kings made a radical change. And, I think that the Hansel and Gretel quote is true for a whole lot of people- I think that is how a lot of people classify Bible “stories.” It’s incredible to think that we really do know that God!

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