Into The Lion’s Den

Listen To This Sermon Sermon’s text: Daniel 6:10-23 Key Verse: My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God. – vv 22, 23 Introduction They say that the lion is the king …

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Sermon’s text: Daniel 6:10-23

Key Verse:

My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God. – vv 22, 23

Introduction

They say that the lion is the king of the jungle.  It is the ruler of it’s land.  I recall a movie that me and my dad loved – The Lion King.  Mufasa told Simba that everything the light was their kingdom.  The lion is at the top of the jungle’s food chain; it is the jungle’s chief predator.  The very last animal I would ever want to come across in the jungle is one of those big, ferocious lions!  Never do I ever want to find myself inside of a lion’s den.

The Message

In Nahum 2:11, the den of a lion is described as it’s dwelling place.  It is said that the den is where the lion and the lioness would dwell, walk, and feed their cub with absolutely nothing to fear.  Merriam-Webster defines a lion’s den in human terms: it is a place of extreme disadvantage, antagonism, or hostility – let’s keep this in mind for later on.  Other sources say that a lion’s den is a scary place, and should you enter into one you should take great precaution.  Daniel found himself headed towards the den of lions and boy did he ever need to take great precaution.

One should ask, why was Daniel thrown into the lion’s den in the first place?  Let’s take a quick moment to flashback to what took place prior to Daniel being let out of the den.  We find early on in Daniel 6 that there were 120 satraps (provincial governors) set over the kingdom – at this time Babylon had fallen into the hands of the Medes and Persians.  Set above the provincial governors were 3 presidents (overseers) of which Daniel was one. In verse 3 we see that Daniel distinguished over the other two presidents.  Daniel, being a Hebrew, and being so distinguished in the eyes of the king really upset those other men – they became jealous.

These men were so jealous that they watched Daniel carefully and then went about scheming and planning on how they could knock Daniel off.  They struggled to find fault against Daniel except that Daniel held to faith in his God and prayed to His God.  What did the jealous men do next?  They schemed up a decree and took their decree to the king and got him to sign off on the decree.  Their decree (law) was that no man could make a petition (prayer or ask) of anything but the king.  Isn’t it amazing how the enemy always try to devise a plan to separate faithful men and women from God?

You see, these men were jealous of Daniel because the king noticed Daniel’s spirit.  The king looked at Daniel and saw that Daniel had an excellent spirit (v. 3) – the king absolutely loved Daniel’s spirit.  I often speak about how Christians ought to carry themselves.  When you carry yourself correctly in the Spirit even your enemies will admire and respect your walk.  Daniel was a faithful man.  Daniel love his God.  In the face of their man made decree, Daniel took to his knees and prayed his prayer of faith to the Lord.  I don’t know what Daniel asked of specifically, but it is said that Daniel gave thanks to God (v. 10).  In the face of his enemies, Daniel gave thanks! – take note my brothers and sisters in Christ.

For having faith in his God, our Lord, Daniel was cast into the lion’s den.  Daniel was thrown into that den of lions who were in their dwelling place – their resting place.  The one thing I have learned is that you don’t just casually walk into any animals resting place.  Go attempt to mess with a bee hive.  Go attempt to mess with your dog while it’s eating and watch what happens!  Daniel was thrown into this den to be slaughtered and killed.  Those ol’ jealous men thought they had finally gotten their victory over Daniel, but what they failed to realize is that Daniel was not the only somebody that went into the lion’s den that day.

God sent his angel (v.22) into the lion’s den with Daniel on that day!  The angel of God is always thought of us the preincarnate Christ who we know to be the Son of God – God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Those jealous men thought they were finally threw with Daniel as they put a stone over the mouth of the den so that Daniel could not escape.  What those jealous failed to understand is that God don’t care much about stones blocking doors!  God goes wherever He wants to go, and there’s nothing that can block Him from getting to where He wants to get! There is no fight that God is unable to fight.  The angel of God went into that lion’s den and took the hunger out of the mouths of those lions!  The angel of God went into that lion’s den and took the roar out of the lion’s belly!  The angel of God went into that lion’s den and made it a place of peace and comfort for Daniel!  Daniel exited out of that lion’s den and told the king, “My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths!  I have no hurt!”

Here we are today living in this world – our lion’s den.  You will recall that Merriam-Webster described a lions’ den as a place of extreme disadvantage, antagonism, or hostility.  Doesn’t it seem like there is a great deal of antagonism towards those who believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ?  Doesn’t it seem like there is a great deal of anger, wrath, and hostility in this world today?  You see we are living in lion’s den, and it is a dangerous place to be living in.  This lion’s den belongs to Satan who Peter described as a roaring lion.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour – 1 Peter 5:8

We are in Satan’s den, and you better believe he is still going to and fro in his den.

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” – Job 1:7

You’ve probably watched animal planet and know how lions hunt.  A lion will hunt and stalk its prey waiting for the perfect moment to strike.  We are living in a day where Christians are so divided, fighting among each other, and Satan sees that now is the perfect time to pounce at the body of Christ – the Church.  Decrees (laws) are flying in all over the place.  You are being judged by both men and women who may not care much for your beliefs – they would rather you follow their way.  The jealous men, during Daniel’s time, wanted for Daniel and the Hebrews to follow their way.  You will find that your faith is going to be tested on issues that have absolutely no relevance towards you enter into the gates of the Lord’s heavenly kingdom.  With all the antagonism and hostility flying around many Christians are beginning to wonder, “what shall we do? What shall we see?”  They become fearful and start trying to fight back but let’s look at how Daniel handled being thrown into the lion’s den.

Daniel did not fight or go to war with those jealous men – his enemies.  Remember, Daniel went inside of his room, got down on his knees, and prayed thanks to God.  Daniel stood on His God and stuck to his faith in God in the presence of those who wanted to see him fall and fail.  Here we are standing on our own morals and beliefs instead of standing on God!  That is the quickest way a Christian can fail when we try to fight our own battles.  Let God fight our (His) adversaries.  Stand by faith that God has a will and His will shall be done!  Stand by your faith.  As Paul said, “we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7).

In the lion’s den, the angel of God shut the lion’s mouths.  Daniel said that he was not hurt.  In this lion’s den we live in you ought to allow Jesus to snatch the hunger out of the eyes and mouths of our circling predators.  Satan’s pack of lions are ready to devour whoever they can, but they can’t crack through the defenses of our Savior.  A predator chooses to take down easy prey – it doesn’t want to have to work for its meal.  Stand by your faith – Jesus will not allow you to be hurt! They may scar you physically but your soul cannot and will not be touched my friends.

We are certainly living in a dangerous world – in a lion’s den.  Take great precaution inside of this den by placing your faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ.  One day our King is going to do like the king during Daniel’s time – the king came running and commanded Daniel to be lifted out of the lion’s den when he heard Daniel was alive.  Our King is coming back to lift us out of this lion’s den my brothers and sisters in Christ.  I’m not sure how you feel about that, but boy am I excited to know that one day my Savior is going to come and call me out of this lion’s den.  I’ll be able to look around at all of you believers and shout for joy that I’m not hurt!  We are going to be alright my friends.  We are going to be fine my friends!

This certainly may be Satan’s and his demon’s little dwelling place – their little lion’s den – but I know a man whose not afraid of sticking His head inside of the lion’s mouth.  I know a many who can take the hunger out of the eyes, the stomach, and mouths of the lions.  We ought to be more like Daniel when he was in the den of lions – use his faith as our example in this lion’s den.  Keep calm. Be confident. Have faith that no harm will come of you because you have professed your faith in the Savior – Jesus Christ! Amen.

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About Pastor Leo H. McCrary II

Rev. Leo H. McCrary II

Rev. Leo H. McCrary II was licensed to preach August 12, 2012, and ordained April 28, 2013. Currently pastors at Christian Unity in Douglasville, GA and online through New Found Faith.

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