The Book of Daniel

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The Book of Daniel

The administrators caught him and told the king. King Darius, who loved Daniel, tried to save him, but the decree could not be revoked. At sundown, they threw Daniel into the den of lions. The king could not eat or sleep all night. At dawn he ran to the lions' den and asked Daniel if his God had protected him. Daniel replied,"My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong." Dn 6:22 Daniel was brought out, unharmed. King Darius had the men arrested who falsely accused Daniel, and along with their wives and children, they were all thrown into the lions' den, where they were immediately killed. Then the king issued another decree, ordering the people to fear and pray to the God that Daniel worships. The story of Daniel in the Pit of Lions relates to my own personal expirences because this story is about a test of loyalty. Is Daniel more loyal to God or more loyal to a king that can be considered an idol? It is also a story of courage, because he knew if he got caught praying, he would be sentenced to death. Daniel is so loyal and courageous towards God that he risked death just so he could pray to the Lord. This story can relate to me because there have been times in my life where my loyalty to God has been tested. One is when I was about to get confirmed and had to go to confession. For some very odd reason, I was somewhat hesitant to go to confession because I was embarrassed of some of my sins and I didn't really want to tell anybody. I thought I would be judged. Just before I went into the room with the priest I thought to myself, the priet wouldn't laugh, be judgemental, or make a big deal about it. Instead he would actually help me out and ask God to forgive me and ask Him to guide me to not repeat this sin again; and that is exactally what happened when I went in there. That experience could also be a test of courage not just loyalty because it would be so easy to just not tell the pastor, just to get myself out of an embarressing situation. But I said to myself no, I will not hide my sins no matter how embarrassing they are because if I do, that is a sin in itself so I realized what the right choice was; to be loyal to God and confess my sins.

Why this story is important to me

Daniel in the Pit of Lions. Dn 6 In this story Daniel was in his 80s. Through a life of hard work and obedience to God, he had risen through the ranks as an administrator of the pagan kingdom. Other had working people who wanted Daniel's position for themselves, couldn't find anything against him. So they tried to use Daniel's faith in God against him. They tricked King Darius into passing a decree that during a 30-day period, anyone who prayed to another god or man besides the king would be thrown into the lions' den. Daniel learned of the decree but did not change his practice because he was more loyal to God than to any king or any decree. Just as he had done all his life, he went home, knelt down, faced Jerusalem, and prayed to God.

Summary of a Story

Chapters and Themes

The main theme of the book of Daniel is the oppression of the Jewish people of a pagan king, who later falls out of power. The book falls between 605 and 530 B.C. This book can be clasified as a prophecy because of Daniels visions and also a history, because of the stories that are told. There are twelve chapters in the book of Daniel along with parts A, B and C which contain short stories, psalms, hymns and also some prayers.

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The Book of Daniel

The first verse of the book of Daniel is "In the third year that Jehoiakim was king of Judah, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia attacked Jersulem and surrounded the city" Dn 1:1. And the last verse is " So he pulled Daniel out of the pit and had those who tried to kill Daniel thrown into it. And the lions ate them immediately, while the king watched." Dn C:42. Three verses that speak to me are "We have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets." Dn 9:10. "As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance." Dn 12:13 and "Seventy 'sevens' are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place." Dn 9:24

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