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From the Lions' Den to the Angel's Den

Devotional for Saturday, February 22, 2020
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The deliverance of Daniel from the lions’ den is among the most beloved stories of the Bible. From a literary perspective, it parallels the story of the deliverance of the three Hebrew worthies from the blazing furnace (Daniel 3). Both narratives show God’s faithfulness by empowering His servants to remain faithful amidst the most harrowing trials. Both showcase captives challenging a royal decree and demonstrating their loyalty to God at the risk of their own lives. Both contain a divine messenger entering the fray to support and deliver them. And interestingly, just as Daniel’s whereabouts are not known when his companions went through the fire, we are not told where his friends were when Daniel spent the night with the lions. But wherever they were, they would have, like Daniel, retained their integrity. After all, they relied on God, not on each other, to face life’s predicaments.

The story implies that Daniel’s integrity and loyalty to public service had the new king planning to appoint him over the whole kingdom, provoking the jealousy of Daniel’s colleagues. Resorting to subterfuge, they crafted a scheme to get rid of him, only to have it blow up in their faces. As the narrative shows, God was with Daniel and vindicated him before his enemies and the king.

Daniel’s experience models a lifestyle for the ages and shows that God remains faithful to His people. He may not deliver everyone from physical pain and death on this earth, but everyone will eventually be vindicated when the great controversy comes to a close.

FROM The Book of Daniel BBS by Elias Brasil de Souza, Pg 62-63

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