Walking in a Spirit of Excellence
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. - Colossians 1:16 -17
Daniel 6:1-28 - Daniel in the Lion’s Den
This has long been a beloved Bible story - and no wonder. There are so many dramatic features in this story - the jealousy of political subordinates; the vanity of a king; the integrity of a man; the power and preservation of God; and some wild animals and violence! [David Guzik Commentary]
Daniel, A Man of Excellent Spirit
To fully grasp this chapter we must look back at Daniel 5 verse 12; Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.
Daniel rightly interpreted the handwriting on the wall and even though it foretold of the King’s death he respected and honored Daniel’s interpretation and did not kill him. In Daniel 6 we see the new king, King Darius set Daniel in the postponed he had been promised - third in command of the kingdom.
Political Spirit at Work
However this place of authority and Daniel’s wisdom caused jealously among his fellow leaders.
Daniel 6:3 Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
Well, this scenario did not set well with the other political leaders so they plotted to take Daniel out. Due to Daniel’s excellent spirit they could think of only one way they knew to do this…trapped him around his devotion to his God.
vs. 5 Then these men said, "We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
All the leaders in the land go to the King with a way to honor the new king. vs. 7 All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
This of course appealed to the king, at this time he had no idea that it was a trap to take out these men’s political rival.
vs. 8 Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.”
Daniel Stays True to God
vs. 10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
The Enemies Think They have Won
vs. 11-12 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king's decree: "Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?" The king answered and said, "The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.”
King Darius is Grieved in Spirit
King Darius signs the decree and soon learns that Daniel was the target of these mens flattery. Darius was very upset but knew there was no way to reverse this decree because it was irreversible. The King didn’t eat or sleep but stays up all night praying for Daniel’s God to deliver him.
vs. 14 And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
Angel Delivers Daniel
Daniel 6: 19-23 When the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions? Then Daniel said to the king, "O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly 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 injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.
Daniel’s Enemies Fall Into their Own Trap
vs. 24 And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.
King Writes A New Decree
vs. 25 - 28 Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end. He delivers and rescues, And He works signs and wonders In heaven and on earth, Who has delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persia
Word of the Lord
As I was with Daniel so I am with you says the Lord. Your enemy, the devil seeks to lay traps for you - to cause you to fall into a pit, to stop your forward movement in this hour. He is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour - resist him. Know this, I AM the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and I am roaring over you! As Daniel was a man of excellent spirit so I am calling you to walk in excellence in this season. As you walk in My ways and follow after My Spirit the enemy can find no hook in you. So, keep your eyes, ears, and heart set on Me and whenever the enemy comes to snare you in spirit, in soul, or in body the angelic host are at the ready to pull you out of the lions den says the Lord.
Open our eyes, Lord!
Open my eyes, so I may behold wonders from Your Torah. - Psalms 119:18 (TLV)
What does the Bible say?
Read: 2 Timothy 4:17 - 18 & I Peter 5:8-11
Action: Resist the enemy - keep your heart set on the Lord! Understand that you may experience tribulations or suffer a while BUT the Spirit is set on perfecting, establishing, strengthening, and settling you into your new identity.
Decree: I take a stand against the snares of the enemy (SW) - Angels are present-time deliverers here, right now, to deliver us. Angel Armies pg. 193