During his reign, king Darius thought it would be a good idea to choose a hundred and twenty governors, whom would rule through all his kingdom. Above them, he appointed three men to supervise them. Among the three was a man named Daniel. Daniel, who was faithful to God, was taken to Babylon and given a position in the government. Throughout his time, Daniel showed that he was able to work better than the other supervisors and governors. Because of this, Darius planned to put Daniel in charge of the whole kingdom. Filled with jealousy, the supervisors and governors tried to find reasons to accuse Daniel. However, they were not able to find anything to accuse him of. Daniel was trustworthy. He was not lazy and did not cheat the king. Realizing that they would never find any reason to accuse Daniel, they went on looking for something to complain about. They would then go on to complain about the law of his God. So, the supervisors and the governors went as a group to the king. They said,
King Darius, live forever! The supervisors, assistant governors, governors, the people who advise you and the captains of the soldiers have all agreed on something. We think the king should make this law that everyone would have to obey: No one should pray to any god or man except to you, our king. This should be done for the next 30 days. Anyone who doesn’t obey will be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, our king, make the law. Write it down so it cannot be changed. The laws of the Medes and Persians cannot be canceled.” Daniel 6:6-8
In response, King Darius had the law written. When Daniel found out about this new law that had been written, he went to his house. He went to his upstairs room, which windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day, Daniel got down on his knees and prayed. Just as any other time, Daniel prayed and thanked God.
Then those who wanted to accuse Daniel, went as a group and found Daniel praying. Asking God for help. So, the men went to King Darius and spoke with him about the law, saying
“Didn’t you write a law that says no one may pray to any god or man except you, our king? Doesn’t it say that anyone who disobeys during the next 30 days will be thrown into the lions’ den?” Daniel 6:12
The king answered them,
“Yes, I wrote that law. And the laws of the Medes and Persians cannot be canceled.” Daniel 6:12
Then those men revealed to the king that Daniel, the captive from Judah, pays no attention to the law he had written. And how he continues to pray three times a day. On hearing this, King Darius was very upset. He decided he had to save Daniel. Which he worked at until sunset, trying to think of a way to save him. Those same men went to the king again and said,
“Remember, our king, the law of the Medes and Persians. It says
that no law or command given by the king can be changed.” Daniel 6:15
Unable to save Daniel, King Darius gave the order. They brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel,
“May the God you serve all the time save you!” Daniel 6:16
A big stone was brought and placed over the opening of the lions’ den. The king used his signet ring to put his special seal on the rock. He also used the rings of his royal officers to put their seals on the rock. This process showed that no one could bring Daniel out of the lions’ den. King Darius then went back to his palace. He didn’t eat that night, nor have any entertainment brought to him. He couldn’t even sleep.
The next morning King Darius got up at dawn, and hurried to the lions’ den. As he came near the den, he was worried. He called out to Daniel and said,
“Daniel, servant of the living God! Has your God that you always worship been able to save you from the lions?” Daniel 6:20
“My king, live forever! My God sent his angel to close the lions’ mouths. They have not hurt me, because my God knows I am innocent. I never did anything wrong to you, my king.” Daniel 6:21-22
King Darius was very happy, and told his servants to lift Daniel out of the lions’ den. They lifted him out and didn’t find any injury on him. This is because Daniel had trusted in his God.
Then the king gave a command, the men who had accused Daniel were brought and through into thrown into the lion’s den. Along with them, were their wives and children. The lions grabbed them before they hit the floor of the den, and crushed their bones.
The King Darius wrote a letter to all the people and all nations, to those who spoke every language in the world:
“I wish you great wealth. I am making a new law. This law is for people in every part of my kingdom. All of you must fear and respect the God of Daniel. Daniel’s God is the living God. He lives forever. His kingdom will never be destroyed. His rule will never end. God rescues and saves people. God does mighty miracles in heaven and on earth. God saved Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:25-26
So Daniel was successful during the time that Darius was king. Which also was the time that Cyrus the Persian was king.
Daniel was faithful to the Lord, and wouldn’t allow any law to affect his relationship with God. A law was placed, ordering no one to pray for thirty days, but Daniel didn’t obey it. As a result, he faced the consequences of not obeying. However, Daniel obeyed the Lord and the Lord saved him. God sent an angel that closed the mouths of the lions. God came to Daniel’s protections because he trusted in him.
God is our vindicator, and knows our hearts. No matter what false accusation someone may bring against us, God will make a way out. God has a purpose for each one of us, and along the way others may get in the way and try to stop that purpose. We must stand firm and trust God, because he cherishes each one of us, and will do what it takes to save us. Even if it requires Him to send his one and only son.