2007-05-13 - Daniel
Installment 51 ~ Chapter 6
Sometimes what goes around comes around. The king was furious about being tricked and forced into the position of putting Daniel to death. So he gets his revenge. Those who tried to destroy Daniel are themselves destroyed, along with their families. And by the way, for those who say the king drugged the lions, or they weren't hungry, they certainly didn't seem to have any problem of disposing of these individuals.
Verses 25-28: So another king puts out a pro-God proclamation. Doesn't it sound familiar
"Then Nebuchadnezzar said, 'Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives, rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces, and their houses be turned into piles of rubbble, for no other god can save in this way.'" (Daniel 3:28-29).
Darius acknowledges the reality of who God is. He demanded awe and respect for the God of Daniel. He acknowledged God's working in saving Daniel. And Daniel continued to be a testimony for God in the current government. Whether Darius moved from his own idolatry, to know God as the one true God, is not spelled out. Any comment would be speculative.
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