God’s Deliverance and Judgment
As King Darius and his nobles sealed the stone covering the mouth of the lions’ den with their signet rings, Daniel’s enemies felt they had won. The ravenous lions would instantly rip Daniel apart and they would have control of the king because they had removed his wise Jewish advisor. At this point in the story, it appears that jealousy, lying, and conspiracy have won. The two other chief officials used his consistent worship of his God against him, and now it looks like they are in control. But not so fast.
“Then the king arose at first light and hurried to the lion’s den. When he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out with a pained voice, ‘O 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, ‘King, live forever! My God sent his messenger and he closed the mouth of the lions. He did this because I was found to be innocent before him and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.’
Then the king rejoiced greatly and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. And the king commanded, and the men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children and their wives. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.” Daniel 6:19-24
God delivered Daniel because he was blameless. He had not done anything against God or against the king. In this case there was no waiting to find out what the Judge of the Universe decreed. He sent the second person of the Trinity, the Messenger of God, to spend the night with Daniel, and in the morning Daniel was taken out of the den, and his enemies were thrown in.
The prophet Jeremiah states a word from God when children claimed they were being punished for their parents’ sin, “But everyone will die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.” Jeremiah 31:30. The leaders destroyed by the lions had committed treason against Darius by deceiving him and attempted to murder an innocent man. Evidently, their entire families were involved with them.
LORD, thanks for the situations like this where you miraculously step in to protect an innocent man and give us a glimpse of your righteous justice. But give me patience when the innocent do suffer and it looks like the lying conspirators are winning. Give me faith to trust you are the sovereign King.
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