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Jesus and the Lions' Den - Part 1 of 3

Over the Whole Kingdom

by Simon Whitton

The story of 'Daniel and the Lions' Den' speaks prophetically into the circumstances leading up to, and the events of, Jesus' execution and resurrection.  The first six chapters of the book of Daniel are traditionally viewed as mainly narrative, the last six as mostly prophetic.  But I believe that the sixth chapter is both fully narrative and fully prophetic.  The narrative has not yet ended but the prophetic has already started.

Darius appointed satraps and administrators to rule throughout his kingdom, one of whom was Daniel.  (Daniel 6:1-2)

God also appointed priests and elders to oversee His kingdom.  This is explained in 'The Parable of the Tenants'.  (Matthew 21:33-46)

Daniel so distinguished himself, the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.  (Daniel 6:3)

God had a most distinguished ruler, Jesus, and planned to set Him over His whole kingdom.  (Luke 1:31-33)

The administrators and satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel, but were unable to do so; because he had done no wrong.  (Daniel 6:4)

The chief priests and elders tried to find evidence against Jesus, but Jesus had done no wrong.  (Luke 6:7a, Mark 14:55)

The implication is that King Darius' rulers were jealous of Daniel.

The chief priests and elders were envious of Jesus.  This was the motive for their crimes.  (Mark 15:9-10)

They decided to fabricate charges against Daniel, regarding the law of God, and took their accusations to King Darius.  (Daniel 6:5-7)

The chief priests and elders resorted to falsely accusing Jesus for blasphemy, a crime against the law of God, and they took these charges to Pilate. 
(Matthew 26:59, 65-66, 27:13)

Now, O king, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered…or repealed."  Daniel 6:8 (NIV)

Pilate put Jesus 'crime' in writing, and when requested he change it, he refused to alter it.  (John 19:19-22)

When Daniel learned of the threat, he opened his window toward Jerusalem, and spent time in prayer, just as he had done before.  Daniel prayed three times. (Daniel 6:9-10)

Jesus, knowing of their plans, he went as usual to the garden of Gethsemane, from where he could see Jerusalem, to spend time in prayer.  Jesus prayed three times asking God for help. (Luke 22:39a, Matthew 26:36-45)

God had appointed His son Jesus to rule over His whole Kingdom.  Many may deny, scoff or falsely accuse; but this was firmly determined by God, and written about centuries before the events took place.  Just before Jesus was born an angel said this about Him:

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." Luke 1:32-33 (NIV)

What God planned to do has now come to pass, and Jesus has been given the throne of David.  We have a God who is true to His word and able to accomplish all things; and this is the God we turn to in prayer.

Perhaps, like Daniel or Jesus, you aware of trouble in your life.  Continue to go to God in prayer, place yourself in His hands, and trust Him that the eventual outcome will be according to His will.
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