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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Daniel 6

 

 

Verses 1-28

Daniel and the Lion's Den (538-536 B.C.) - Daniel 6:1-28 tells the famous story of Daniel being thrown into the lion's den. As the Babylonian kingdom comes to a close and the Medo-Persian Empire takes control of this region of the world, we find Daniel being placed in a strategic position of administration by the divine providence of Almighty God. The entire kingdom was divided into one hundred and twenty provinces with a prince over each one. Over these provinces King Darius appointed three chief governors, of whom Daniel was placed first. Perhaps the incoming king was wise enough to appoint Daniel in an effort to people in leadership who were already familiar with the affairs of these provinces. Thus, he found several men whose reputation qualified them for such a task.

Illustration- It is important to understand that God had a purpose in allowing Daniel to experience the lion's den. Juanita Bynum says that "God will speak things to us in the lion's den that he will not say to us on the mountain tops." 95] This event established Daniel in the kingdom with a level of respect and influence that he could have gained in no other way. It positioned his ministry to have more effect during his lifetime had he not going through the lion's den.

95] Juanita Bynum, Weapons of Power, on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California, July 2008), television program.

Daniel 6:24 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 6:24 β€” Comments- Daniel 6:24 reveals how ferocious the lions were whose mouths the Lord shut while Daniel was in the den. Note a modern day story of such an event recorded in the nation of Iraq by the leader's chief executioner. In this story we see how horrible it was to witness lions devouring victims.

"Set in woodland southwest of Baghdad, the huge presidential compound of Radwaniyah has been variously described as a palace, a death camp and a secret center for the development of weapons of mass destruction. A former Iraqi army colonel who calls himself Abu Ahmad knows what really went on there. He cannot forget the day four years ago when he took two young students to Radwaniyah on the orders of Uday Hussein (son of Saddam Hussein, leader of Iraq). Ahmad was Uday's chief executioner. Last week, as Iraqis celebrated the death of his former boss and his equally savage younger brother Qusay, he nervously revealed a hideous story. His instructions that day in 1999 were to arrest the two 19-year-olds on the campus of Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts and deliver them at Radwaniyah. On arrival at the sprawling compound, he was directed to a farm where he found a large cage. Inside, two lions waited. They belonged to Uday. Guards took the two young men from the car and opened the cage door. One of the victims collapsed in terror as they were dragged, screaming and shouting, to meet their fate. Ahmad watched as the students frantically looked for a way of escape. There was none. The lions pounced. β€˜I saw the head of the first student literally come off his body with the first bite and then had to stand and watch the animals devour the two young men. By the time they were finished there was little left but for the bones and bits and pieces of unwanted flesh,' he recalled last week. He felt horror and disbelief but showed no emotion. β€˜It was simply forbidden. Any slight show of disagreement, fear, anger, repulsion or disapproval could be noted against you. Even punished. You had to watch and pretend all was fine.'" 96]

96] The Sunday New Vision, 3August 2003, Kampala, Uganda.

Daniel 6:28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Daniel 6:28 β€” Comments - Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus (Xerxes) of the seed of the Medes, reigned briefly from 538 to 536 B.C. ( Daniel 9:1). Cyrus the Great reigned over Babylon and the Medo-Persian Empire from 338-329 B.C, a period of nine years. He reigned as co-regent with his uncle King Darius the Mede, who reigned over the Medes, for the first two years. Cyrus was killed in battle in 329 B.C. Because Daniel was taken captive in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah (605 B.C.) ( Daniel 1:1), he must have been an old man by the time Cyrus conquered Babylon in 329 B.C. The date of Daniel's death is not recorded.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Daniel 6:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/daniel-6.html. 2013.

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Thursday, June 20th, 2019
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
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