Weekly Bible Insight: Daniel 6:5-12
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In today’s passage of Scripture, we see one of the first examples of persecution in the Old Testament. In the previous chapter, King Nebuchadnezzar had just died and King Darius the Median had just come to power. Daniel’s character was well-known, even under the reign of a new king, and they knew that they could find nothing against Daniel, expect that he believed in the Almighty God.
(Dan 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.
(Dan 6:6) Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
(Dan 6:7) All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.
(Dan 6:8) Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
(Dan 6:9) Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
The Bible makes it known that Daniel continued his discipline of prayer, despite the King’s decree.
(Dan 6:10) Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
(Dan 6:11) Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
(Dan 6:12) Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king’s decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
In these verses, we see a prime example of persecution in the Old Testament. Daniel is being punished for making consistent supplication unto his God, and it enraged the King that not only did Daniel pray, but he prayed three times a day! However, it is important to understand that Daniel wasn’t concerned about pleasing men; he was concerned about pleasing His God. Many people get jealous when they see that they can’t find something against us, other than our religion. In this growing secular world, this seems approach seems to be increasingly more popular; Christians are being driven out of countries instead of being welcomed. The number of Christians are decreasing instead of increasing. What Jesus prophesied is coming true. We must take action and be like Daniel and still keep praying, reading, and worshiping like their threats don’t matter. That’s the way we ought to be my friends. Will you pray that we as Christians will have the boldness to say just like the psalmist, “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident” (Psalm 27:3). Be blessed my friends.