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Daniel 6  –  from Today’s Daily Readings     http://www.dailyreadings.org.uk/default.asp?act=monthdisplay&m=10

 

Daniel 6

1 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

2 And over these three Presidents; of whom DANIEL was FIRST: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

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Just after the fall of the Babylonian Empire in 539BC , this new kingdom was established for a time by Darius, ruler of the Medo-Persian Empire.  This is a great chapter to illustrate this is actually a “TYPE” of the Kingdom of God and Daniel is a “TYPE” of Jesus Christ.

 

3 Then this DANIEL was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king (“type” of God) THOUGHT TO SET HIM OVER THE WHOLE KINGDOM.

4 Then the presidents and princes (in the same spirit of the jews in Jesus day)  sought to find occasion AGAINST DANIEL  concerning The Kingdom; but THEY COULD FIND NO OCCASION NOR FAULT; forasmuch as DANIEL WAS FAITHFUL,  NEITHER WAS THERE ANY ERROR or FAULT FOUND IN HIM.

 

(All men have sinned, except Christ, but Daniel is portrayed as a “type” of Messiah)

{Compare JOHN 18:38, 19:4,6})

 

5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this DANIEL, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

 

These adversaries of Daniel sought to use his Faithfulness of his worship and adhering to the Law of his God against him , by using the law of the land.  Much in the same way the religious leaders did in Jesus’ day.  These adversaries of Daniel plead to the king to establish a royal statue that any who pray to any other god, for 30 days, would be cast into the den of lions. (Dan.6:6-9).

For 30 days the people could only pray to the king…

{Compare JOHN 19:12, 15 “we have no king but Cesar”}.

 

So Darius signed the Royal Statute that cannot be changed (Dan.6:9).

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Daniel still prayed (toward Jerusalem) every day to his God as he did before and when the adversaries found Daniel praying they reported this to the king (Dan.6:10-13).

 

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The laws of the Medes and Persians cannot be altered, like God’s Word (Isaiah 55:11).

 

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and SET HIS HEART ON DANIEL TO DELIVER HIM: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

 

This is like Pontius Pilate who tried to deliver Jesus from crucifixion  {JOHN 18:39, 19:6,10}

Also it was just before the sun went down when Jesus died on the cross  {JOHN 19:31-33)

 

The king signed this statute , not to be changed like {JOHN 19:22}

But also the king was like God, who also ordained a law that cannot be altered, that the wages of sin is death, established in the garden (Gen.2:17).

 

Daniel, though he was without blame of fault, was to suffer this result.

 

16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the DEN of lions.

Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, THY GOD whom thou servest continually, HE will deliver thee.

 

 

Daniel must have made a great impression on the king for him to trust Daniel’s God also!

This word “den” literally means “PIT”.  This pit equaled DEATH,  just as God delivered Jesus from death.

 

 

17 And a STONE was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den…

 

Just like they rolled a STONE on Jesus’ tomb  {MATT.27:60,66}

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19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

{like  JOHN 20:1)

 

 

Then the king cried out to Daniel to see if God delivered him.  And Daniel said…

22 My God hath sent his angel (like Christ Ps.91:11), and hath shut the lions’ mouths (like Christ Ps.22:21), that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him INNOCENCY was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

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23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den (like the grave). So Daniel was TAKEN UP out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IN HIS GOD.

24 And the king commanded, and they brought THOSE MEN which had accused Daniel, and they cast THEM into the den of lions, them, THEIR children, and THEIR wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

 

So why cast in the children and wives also?

Because these represent and point forward to the FUTURE destruction of the “seed of the serpent” (Genesis 3:15).  When the Lord Jesus Christ, after subduing all the nations, AT THE END OF THE 1000 YEAR MILLENIEL REIGN, WILL BE FULLY ACCOMPLISHED.  After the Second Resurrection (Rev.20:2-6) when there will be NO MORE MORTALS LEFT ON EARTH  and …

 YAHWEH WILL BE ALL IN ALL  

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~1 Corinthians 15:28

 

 

But First Yahweh’s son must Reign as The King

 

 

Daniel 6

25  King Darius wrote unto all People, Nations, and Languages, that dwell in all the earth; PEACE be multiplied unto you.

26 I make a decree, That in Every Dominion of My Kingdom men tremble and fear before THE GOD OF DANIEL: for HE is the Living God, and stedfast for ever, and HIS KINGDOM WHICH SHALL NOT BE DESTROYED, and HIS DOMINION shall be even unto the end.

27 He delivereth and rescueth, and HE worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, Who hath delivered DANIEL from the power of the lions.

28 So this DANIEL prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.