2013-08-19 - What Would a Satrap Say?
So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!" (Daniel 6:16)
I liked working for the king. I reveled in the power, responsibility, and prestige that came with the role. When King Darius came up with a plan to give the satraps and other administrators an additional boss, I was livid. We were all shocked and took it personally.
Didn't King Darius trust us? Maybe he had good reason with some of the others, but not me. I wasn't corrupt and money-hungry like those men.
King Darius planned to promote Daniel to be in charge of the king's entire kingdom. Not that Daniel did not deserve the promotion; he did, without question, but we-the other administrators and I-did not want Daniel to have that much power over us.
There was nothing untrustworthy about the old man. Just the opposite. So we had to get Daniel dismissed on grounds other than his conduct and work ethic, which were impeccable. Then an idea came to us-Daniel will never go against his god.
We convinced King Darius to decree a law that anyone found praying to any god or human being during the next 30 days, except to the king, would be thrown into the lions' den. Daniel knew about the new law, but that did not stop him from praying to his god.
I and the other satraps told the king that Daniel had ignored the law and was praying and not by honoring Darius. The king was sad because he did not want to harm Daniel. Nevertheless, a law is a law and Daniel went into the lions' den.
The king was greatly distressed about it. Not me. I was glad, well, not that Daniel would lose his life-he never did anything bad to me personally-just that my job was protected. Was I wrong.
All of King Darius worrying was wasted, as Daniel's god protected him. Our plan totally backfired. Daniel was saved, the king was overjoyed, and I and the other conspirators were thrown into the lions' den with our families. I never saw this coming. I should have turned to Daniel's god, too.
Lord, Today I pray the words David said in Psalm 31. Let me not be ashamed, for I have called upon You. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.