Chapter 48

DANIEL AND THE LION’S DEN (types and shadows)


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(Dan 6:1-3)  It pleased Darius [the Persian king who reigned over present Iran and Iraq] to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel [Heb: judged by God, judge of God] was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm [analogous to Joseph over Egypt].

1.       (Gen 6:3)  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years [perhaps Jubilee years equaling 6,000 years].

(Dan 6:4,5)  Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 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 6:6-9)  Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 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. 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. Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the 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 [i.e., the perceptions of his heart being open (yearning) toward God], he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

(Dan 6:11-13)  Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication [humble petition] before his God. 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. Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

(Dan 6:14,15)  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. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed.


(Dan 6:16,17)  Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel [Heb: judged by God, judge of God] [a type and shadow of Jesus Christ], and cast him into the den [Heb: pit (for wild animals)] [a type of hell] of lions [a type of devils, demons, unclean spirits, fallen angels]. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

1.       (1 Pet 5:8)  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour [Gk: to drink down, i.e. gulp entire:--swallow (up)]:

2.       (Mat 27:59,60)  And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

(Dan 6:18-20)  Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable [woeful] voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

(Dan 6:21-23)  Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, 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. Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den [Heb: pit (for wild animals)] [hell], and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

1.       (Eph 4:9,10)  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

(Dan 6:24)  And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den [Heb: pit (for wild animals)] of lions [i.e., devils, demons, unclean spirits, fallen angels], them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery [total control] of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever [before] they came at the bottom of the den [Heb: pit (for wild animals)].

1.       Satan = Heb: the adversary. Gk: the accuser.

2.       (Mat 25:41)  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand [the goats], Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

3.       (Exo 12:46)  In one house shall it be eaten [the Passover Lamb]; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

4.       (Num 9:12)  They shall leave none of it [i.e., eat all of it] unto the morning, nor break any bone of it: according to all the ordinances of the passover they shall keep it.

5.       (Psa 34:20)  He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

6.       (John 19:36)  For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

7.       Commentary: The bones of Jesus Christ, who is the Tabernacle of Moses, the skeleton, are the Law of God. Grace is His flesh. He has “come in the flesh.” (1 John 4:2,3; 2 John 1:7)

(Dan 6:25-28)  Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 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 [Heb: permanent, sure] for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 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. So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

1.       (Psa 111:10)  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

2.       (Prov 9:10)  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.


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