Living in the Lion’s Den: The People of God in Exile
Today's Text: Daniel 6:1-28
Daniel gives these incredible insights as to how we can live in a post-Christian culture, a secular age that wants to push a Biblical Worldview to the margins, if not completely out of the picture. So far, our sermons in the Daniel series can be succinctly stated:
Jer. 29:1-14 – Live your life
Dan. 1:1-7 – Stamp your child
Dan. 1:1-7 – Draw your line
Dan. 1:8-21 – Stand your ground
Dan. 1:8-21 – Love your people
Dan. 2:1-23 - Face your crisis
Dan. 2:24-49 - Know your prophecy
Dan. 3:1-30 - Trust your Savior
Dan. 3:1-30 - Understand your culture
Dan. 4:1-37 – Guard your mind
Dan. 4:1-37 – Surrender your pride
Dan. 5:1-31 - Honor your God
Dan. 6:1-28 – Remember your home:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Show your loyalty:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Embrace your leadership:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Check your attitude:
Dan. 6:1-28 – Maintain your integrity:
Dan. 6:1-28 - Establish your consistency:
The Passage Contents
Living in the Lion’s Den: The People of God in Exile.
In the dramatic narrative sections of Daniel (basically, chapters 1-6), we have about 9 dramatic days out of Daniel’s 80–90-year life. He was ready for these punctuated moments. In the book of Daniel, you have empires rising and falling, kings coming and going, but the one stable thing in the midst of all this change is Daniel himself. When a crisis showed up, Daniel was already prepared to meet it. The decision to risk the lion’s den was made years before Daniel 6. Today, we again look at one of the punctuated moments – one of these 9 dramatic days. In this chapter we spend a day in the life of the prime minister of the Medo-Persian Empire—Daniel the loyal and faithful leader.
Now, it would seem that this story took place in one day. That in the morning they brought the decree for the king to sign it, at noon they were already at Daniel's house watching him pray because that was the time that he did it (based on all the previous days of observation of this routine), and then by afternoon they had his death sentence signed, and that he was put in the lions' den by evening. No long legal process.
Warren Wiersbe outlines this chapter beautifully…
I. A Dawn of Devotion
II. A Morning of Deception (6:1–9)
III. A Noon of Decision (6:10–13)
IV. A Sundown of Disappointment (6:14–17)
V. A Night of Deliverance (6:18–23)
VI. A Morning of Destruction (6:24–28)
Embrace Your Leadership
Several Key WORDS that characterize wisdom and leadership lift off the pages of this punctuated day in Daniel 6. Daniel was a godly and capable leader because his first allegiance was to his heavenly King. He wasn’t primarily serving human rulers, but rather serving God (see Col 3:23). He had experience, wisdom, a sense of history, leadership, a good reputation, ability, a servant’s attitude, and revelation from the God of heaven. The people who plotted against Daniel are manipulative and jealous, care nothing for the truth, invade Daniel’s privacy, and partner with others to betray a good man.
What are these key characteristics in Daniel's leadership?
Jesus in Daniel 6
Who does Daniel point to? I know somebody also who was thrown into a den. I know somebody who also had the stone rolled over him after betrayal and a death sentence was pronounced over his life. There is somebody else, who was also thrown into a tomb and sealed over with a rock and also came out. As Daniel was framed on a false charge by the Persian administrators, so Jesus was framed by the jealous religious leaders of his day. Daniel points to Someone we all need. Why don't you come to the Lord Jesus Christ today and find new, resurrection life amidst the lion's den of this world?