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Persian Lion Chow

"Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the widows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before" (Dan.6:10).

This is the verse that got Daniel his appointment in the lion's den. Power had passed from the Babylonians to the Persians and it pleased Darius, the king, to appoint 120 satraps to rule over the land. Daniel was one of them, and he was so good at his job that the king was about to make him the head honcho. The other satraps were jealous and envious of Daniel so they devised a trap for him. They conned the king to set up a month in which anyone who prayed to any other man or god but the king would be sentenced to sure death in the lion's den. Vanity will get you all the time, so the king reluctantly agreed. The satraps caught Daniel (today's verse) and the rest is our story of Persian Lion Chow... Kids learn about the miraculous intervention by God to save Daniel. Adults learns about the faithfulness of Daniel. Daniel was at least in his mid 70s at the time, so senior citizens see themselves in Daniel by his example of a mature faith that saves. Regardless of age, this is a timeless story of faith, friendship, justice, vengeance and God's sovereignty. Upon coming out of the den unscathed, Daniel said this to the king; "My God has sent His angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in His sight. Nor have I ever done wrong before you, O king" (6:22). Daniel was saved from the lions because of his faith and his actions...The text says that he was unharmed because he believed in God. Without the specter of being thrown to the lions, we are called upon to witness for the Lord each day, both by our faith and actions... I will challenge you to read and meditate on a few short verses today, Dan.6:25-28... We can see the effect that one man's faith had on a pagan king in this reading. What effect on those around us do you suppose we can have through our faith and actions. Lets all give it a try...

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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