Daniel had been taken prisoner and was in Babylonian captivity. Like Joseph, he managed to have a higher ranking as a slave, and could tell the king more than the magicians, with dream interpretations. Not only did he endure the lion’s den, he also one describes the plight of those in the fiery furnace.
Daniel refused to worship false gods, refused to eat their food, and became trusted. But he also would not obey the king’s command not to pray. He was a high ranking official by now and there was no way his contemporaries could ruin him, until they had the king sign the no prayer to anyone but him for thirty day decree.
Daniel prayed anyway, as He always has and was likely eighty years old. Darius liked Daniel and he tried hard to save him but those who accused Daniel insisted that he had signed a proclamation. And so he had, reluctantly, he ordered him to the pit. That was sealed with his own signet. God can break the contracts, though He will never break His.
The king told Daniel that may His God rescue him, and spent a fretful night without food or water, and tossing and turning. I pray the Lord causes the enemy that sort of confusion when he would throw us there. The next morning , he went to see if Daniel had indeed been rescued by the Lord.
I can picture them rolling back a stone, and yelling, ” Daniel, are you okay? ” Well we know he was and his was reply was that an angel shut the lions mouths. He probably saw the angel. And with that the king’s new words were decreed.
For He is the living God
and He endures forever;
His kingdom will not be destroyed,
His dominion will never end.
He rescues and He saves;
He performs signs and wonders
in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
from the power of the lions. Daniel 6:26, 27
Many paintings will show Daniel standing, asleep on a lions back or the angel holding te lions mouth closed, but this one is accurate and his words true. “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me. ” 6:22.
And all who maliciously accused Daniel, well, they and their wives and children were thrown into the lion’s den instead. God is not mocked, is He?