Current Sermon Notes

Finishing Strong

Daniel 6

November 21st, 2021

 

  1. The Silver Arms And Chest (5:31-6:3)
    1. The Medes and Persians Take Over
    2. Darius The Mede Receives The Kingdom From Belshazzar
    3. Darius Sets Up His Government
    4. Daniel Again Rises To The Top – He is about 80 years old at this point.
  2. Jealousy Rises (6:4-9)
    1. The Others Officials Try To Discredit Daniel. But They Could Not Find Anything Against Him. Integrity.
      • Faithful
      • Not negligent
      • No corruption
    2. All They Could Do Was Make A Civil Law That Went Against His Faith.

 

  1. Makes Sense To Darius.

 

  • Daniel’s Faithfulness To The End (6:10-15)
    1. He Knew The New Law Was Approved.
    2. Reminiscent Of Being Forced To Eat The King’s Food And Drink The Wine.

Daniel 1:8 (NASB95) 8 But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.

  1. In Spite Of The Injunction, He Went Home And Prayed As He Had Been Doing.

 

  1. Had A Window Open Toward Jerusalem.

 

  1. The Other Officials Came By Agreement And Caught Daniel Red Handed.

 

  1. The King’s Hands Are Tied (6:14-18)
    1. The King Is Distressed.
    2. The King Gave The Orders To Throw Daniel In The Lion’s Den.
    3. The King Was Aware Of Daniel’s Faithfulness To His God.

 

  1. The Rescue (6:19-28)
    1. At Dawn The King Checks Out Daniel.
      • Servant of the Living God
      • Has your God saved you?
    2. Daniel Responds
      • God sent an angel and shut the lion’s mouths and they have not harmed me.

Psalm 91:11–13 (NASB95) For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

  • Daniel explains that God is the ultimate arbiter of justice and in this case revealed Daniel’s innocence before God and toward the king by saving Him.
  1. The King Is Pleased
    • Brings Daniel up and captures the malicious conspirators and had them and their families cast into the lion’s den.

Psalm 37:28 (NASB95) 28 For the Lord loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

Revelation 6:9–11 (NASB95) 9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.

  • Writes to all the people and makes a decree to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel. A step above religious protection…

 

  1. Daniel Enjoyed Success From Here On.
  1. What Do We Learn?
    1. Daniel Maintained The Correct Attitude Through The Whole Thing.
    2. He Trusted God For Protection And Justice.

1 Peter 2:21–23 (NASB95) 21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

1 Peter 4:19 (NASB95) 19 Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.

  1. He Remained Faithful And Is Finishing

2 Timothy 4:7 (NASB95) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.

  1. God Is Faithful To Us.

2 Timothy 2:11–13 (NASB95) 11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him; 12 If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

  1. God’s Perfect Justice Will Come.