by: Cindy Rolenc
Of all the exciting stories in the book of Daniel, none is more famous than the one found in chapter 6; Daniel and the Lions' Den. In this passage, our God will glorify Himself among the nations by rescuing one of His children who trusted Him no matter what.
I encourage you to read Daniel chapter 6 before diving into the questions.
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Questions to Ponder:
1. Why do you think this story connects so much with the hearts and imaginations of those who hear or read it?
2. What does Daniel 6:3-4 tell us about Daniel's character? Why would it be important for the new king to choose people like Daniel as his right-hand men? What wisdom can we draw from King Darius' approach to choosing leaders?
3. How is the way the administrators attempt to orchestrate Daniel's demise like the way corporations or organizations work today? What prompts people to craft unethical solutions to apparent problems they're facing? How can God work even in these deceptions to further His kingdom and bring glory to Himself?
4. Warren Wiersbe writes, "The most important part of a believer's life is the part that only God sees." Why is that the case? What makes Daniel such a model for integrity?
5. What can we learn from Daniel about how to live faithfully in the midst of a culture that does not honor God?
6. What is usually at the heart of ruthless or unjust treatment? Why are men and women so easily tempted to step on others in order to get ahead or get their way? What can we learn from Daniel's story about how we ought to deal with people who are trying to harm us?
7. How does God use the ill intent of the administrators to show His sovereign power? What must it have been like for Danel to endure all of these life-and-death trials? What are Daniel's first words when he is released from the den? Why does he choose these words? How does God underline the value of integrity with this story?
8. Daniel's faithfulness to God led him to disobey the earthly king. In what kinds of issues should we be prepared to serve God rather than people?
9. Just as Nebuchadnezzar did in Daniel 3:29, Darius immediately acknowledged the preeminence of the God of the Israelites. Why do you think these kings were so quick to give honor to a God they didn't know personally? What does this say about what it takes to capture the attention of people with great power? How does God creatively use Daniel in each of thes situations to promote the character traits of humility and obedience?
10. How do Daniel's situation and character remind you of Jesus?