Read Daniel 4
Nebuchadnezzar's second dream and Daniel's interpretation; Belshazzar's feast; Daniel in the lions' den
Suddenly the fingers of a man's hand (5:5) appeared and wrote on the wall. Belshazzar panicked and his knees smote (struck) one against another (5:6). His astrologers and soothsayers could not interpret the message. In desperation, Belshazzar summoned Daniel who boldly proclaimed: This is the interpretation . . . God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it (5:26). That night Darius . . . took the kingdom (5:31).
In his new administration, Darius decided to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first (6:1-2). After some time, because of envy, the other presidents and princes said to the king: All . . . have consulted together to establish a royal statute . . . that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save (except) of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions (6:7-8). Without realizing the trickery involved, the king signed the decree.
Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber (room) toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime (6:10). Daniel could have reasoned that, since he was not asked to worship an idol, why not cooperate for thirty days (6:7) or compromise and just pray in secret? We need to ask ourselves: If a similar decree were issued today, would it make a difference if we were told by government officials that we could not worship God or attend church on the Lord's Day? Yes, Daniel ended up in the den of lions but, afterwards, he was able to testify to the king: My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths (Daniel 6:22).
By Daniel — a stone was rolled across the mouth of the den of lions and set with the king's seal (Daniel 6:16-17). There was a stone rolled across the mouth of the cave where Jesus was buried and it too was set with an official seal (Matthew 27:63-66). As Daniel came forth unscathed, so Jesus came forth from the dead proclaiming the saving power of God (Revelation 1:18).
4:11 the sight thereof = its visibility extended; 4:16 seven times = seven years (4:32); 5:2 father = grandfather; 5:5 against the candlestick = opposite the lampstand; 5:12 shewing of = explanation of.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 2:12