(28 verses, 1:59 to read)
MARK & LEARN
- 1-5: Daniel worked within his vocation faithfully and the Lord blessed him. The high officials recognize the only way to find “fault” in Daniel is in connection with his faith, not in his living. “We shall not find any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection with the law of his God (vs. 5).” Christians are called to do the same before a world that seeks to find fault with us.
- 6-9: The plan to trick the king and trap Daniel is set.
- 10-13: Daniel is completely aware that he is breaking the law of the land, yet the law of the land is directly opposed to the law of God. Daniel fears, loves and trust in the Lord more than fearing death, loving his own life or reputation, or trusting in his own knowledge or strength.
- 14-18: The king desires to deliver Daniel, but is not willing to risk his name, reputation, or life to do so. It’s an understatement to say that, like Pontius Pilate, the king has his limits to deliver Daniel.
- Note especially the declaration of the king in vs. 16 and the sealing of the den in vs. 17. These are prime truths to meditate on Jesus and His death and resurrection for you.
- 19-24: The Lord, the living God, Daniels’ God and your God, saves Daniel by shutting the mouths of the lions.
- Don’t read vs. 22 without the context of the rest of book or the rest of Scripture. First, Daniel “was found blameless” in God’s eyes. This hints at a declaration of innocence from God Himself. We are called to “be blameless” in what we do and called to believe that God “finds us blameless” for the sake of Christ Jesus. My wife finds me to be the most handsome man in the world, but that doesn’t mean I am. I truly am in her eyes, and that’s what matters most.
- Second, Daniel’s faith and trust come from God. Certainly, Daniel is an example for us. But Lutherans always make a distinction between praising God for His gifts in and through Daniel (or any awesome Christian) and praising Daniel and giving him glory. This reading should lead us to prayer to God to grant us faith and trust in Him as did for Daniel.
- 25-28: The kings declaration is a preview of the time when every knee will bow to the name of Jesus: “Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”
- Lord Jesus, You have shut the mouth of the roaring lion, the devil, who accuses me night and day. You find me blameless. You, who died for my sins, are risen from the sealed grave. No king or principality or authority in heaven or on earth is above You or Your commands and promises. Strengthen my faith in you through the example of Your servant Daniel in his courage and faith. Help to live a life in which those who are opposed to You find fault only in my believing and living before You and not also in my living before them. Strengthen my courage to live according to this, Your Word, “For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God” (1 Peter 2:20).
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC