The Integrity of Daniel

Daniel was a man of integrity and the Scripture says in his career he was elevated above the other king’s officials. The officials were jealous and started to scheme in order to find reason to accuse Daniel before the king. However, in verses 4 and 5 of chapter 6 it says:

4Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy. 5So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.”

They schemed to devise a way to put Daniel in a bad spot by craftily getting the king to make a law that no one could pray to any god or human except the king.

Vs 7 they say;  7We are all in agreement—we administrators, officials, high officers, advisers, and governors—that the king should make a law that will be strictly enforced. Give orders that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions.

Obviously the king does not fully realize what he is signing his name on, so often when a person let’s themselves listen to flattery, they will let their ego overrule. The king’s case was it must have been a tempting proposal. He must have thought “Well, I am the king after all and how lovely I am that people pray to me!” Not to say this truly went through his mind but when there is pride in the heart, flattery is easy bait.

Soon after, they caught Daniel in the act of praying to God for help. So they told the king! The king is distressed, and then they rub it in it seems that the law cannot be repealed.

Vs 11-15

11Then the officials went together to Daniel’s house and found him praying and asking for God’s help. 12So they went straight to the king and reminded him about his law. “Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions?”

“Yes,” the king replied, “that decision stands; it is an official law of the Medes and Persians that cannot be revoked.”

13Then they told the king, “That man Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is ignoring you and your law. He still prays to his God three times a day.”

14Hearing this, the king was deeply troubled, and he tried to think of a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament.

15In the evening the men went together to the king and said, “Your Majesty, you know that according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, no law that the king signs can be changed.”

See how these scheming officials ask a question first ““Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days any person who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to you, Your Majesty—will be thrown into the den of lions?” And the way it is brought up seems crafty in and of itself!

He goes in, yet the Lord protects him and no wound is found on him.

[Daniel 6:19-24]

19Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the lions’ den. 20When he got there, he called out in anguish, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?”

21Daniel answered, “Long live the king! 22My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”

23The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.

Daniel was presevered and the text tells us why,

1.) found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty.”

2.) Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.

Daniel first of was blameless in God’s sight and faithful to him. He also was innocent in his matters with the king- “have not wronged you” He also trusted God and had faith in Him!

It backfires of the schemers that seek to get Daniel killed. Verse 24Then the king gave orders to arrest the men who had maliciously accused Daniel. He had them thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. The lions leaped on them and tore them apart before they even hit the floor of the den.

The king who realized he had the wool pulled over his eyes was rather outraged. No one likes being fooled. No one likes to fall for a crafty trap that makes one feel they are stupid for falling for it. Yet the scheming crafty men had fooled the king and caused Daniel some trouble but it recoiled back on them. God however, thwarts the plans of the wicked and turns it back onto their own heads. They were not able to fool God, for “The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety. He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success. He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away. Darkness comes upon them in the daytime; at noon they grope as in the night. He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful. So the poor have hope, and injustice shuts its mouth. (Job 5:11-16)

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