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Daniel 6

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Daniel is Delivered from the Lion’s Den

Daniel 6

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Lesson Number 6

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Daniel in the lion’s den has practical lessons for the present.
  2. Daniel in the lion’s den has prophetic implications for the future.

Practical Application

  1. When did the Babylonian Empire fall to the Medes and Persians?
  2. Who was Darius the Mede?
  3. Why were the governors and satraps jealous of Daniel?
  4. Who do the lions represent for us, as believers?
  5. Which chapters in the book of Daniel are prophetic?

Questions

  1. When did the Babylonian Empire fall to the Medes and Persians?
  2. Who was Darius the Mede?
  3. Why were the governors and satraps jealous of Daniel?
  4. Who do the lions represent for us, as believers?
  5. Which chapters in the book of Daniel are prophetic?

Answers

  1. 539 B.C.
  2. Darius the Mede has not yet been documented from extra-biblical sources, but most likely he was a high ranking official under Cyrus, the Persian Emperor. He ruled over the newly acquired Babylonian territory for a short time.
  3. Daniel had been made one of the top three officials in the Persian Empire. This kingdom consisted of 120 different provinces from India to Ethiopia and was the largest empire up to this point in the history of the world. Daniel was about to be put in charge of the whole empire, and this led to jealousy on the part of the other officials.
  4. The lions picture Satan (1 Peter 5:8). But God can shut the lion’s mouth and deliver us unscathed from any lion’s den we’ve been thrown into by the opposition.
  5. All of them! Even in the chapters that are not prophetic visions, there are prophetic implications.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the three practical lessons mentioned from Daniel’s experience in the lion’s den. There certainly could be many more!
  2. Discuss the prophetic implications of Daniel’s experience in the lion’s den. Here we have a prophetic glimpse of the coming Tribulation Period. And we see Daniel as a spiritual picture of Christ.

Challenge

  1. When we go out into the world, it is like going into the lion’s den. But when an unbeliever visits our church or Bible Study group it should be for them like walking into a den of Daniels!

Key Verses

  • “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” Daniel 6:5
  • “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.” Daniel 6:22

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