Sunday, 21 November 2010
Daniel 6 | David Williams | Daniel 6 is about Daniel in the lions’ den. It is one of the most famous stories in the Bible and it concludes the stories of Daniel in the Babylonian court. (Chapters 7-12 contain dreams and visions which we will preach on over the summer starting Jan 2). Daniel 6, like the preceding five chapters, illustrates the basic themes that God is in control and that God saves. Despite corrupt politicians, the abuse of law and hungry lions, God protects Daniel and helps him to prosper. Although King Darius could not save him the true king could. The main actor in the chapter is God but it is clear we are to see Daniel as a role model of faith: someone who will not renounce his faith in God even in the midst of persecution (see Heb 11:33). Daniel 6 points us forward typologically to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Both Daniel and Jesus are falsely accused and handed over to be executed. The big difference is that Jesus dies. And it is only after suffering death that he emerges from the tomb (his “lion’s den”) victorious over death. Ever since then Christians have been prepared to risk everything – even death – in following Jesus.