My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Daniel 6

Lions in the Daniel den

Daniel was made administrator of the entire Empire, and his peers were jealous and realised that they could bring him down if his religion was illegal. So they convinced the King to make prayer illegal, on penalty of being thrown into a den of lions. But Daniel kept praying, so he had to be thrown in with the lions. The King stressed all night when Daniel was in there, but the next morning, the King rushed to the den, and Daniel hadn't been eaten. God had saved him, and the King threw Daniel's accusers in the den and they died. The King issued a decree that everyone should honour Daniel's God.

Key verse:
10. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

My thoughts:
Notice that Daniel makes no attempt to hide his expression of faith. One of the points of the beginning of Daniel is the lack of compromise in adversity.

Also notice that Daniel prays towards Jerusalem. This type of prayer is common now in Muslims praying towards Mecca, but the concept also has strong history in Judaism, and possibly in early Christianity. Many synagogues were built facing Jerusalem.


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