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Lesson # Dan. 6:1-5
Study Material - Dan. 6:1-5
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1 It seemed good to Darius to appoint 120 satraps over the kingdom, that they should be in charge of the whole kingdom, 2 and over them three commissioners (of whom Daniel was one), that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that the king might not suffer loss. 3 Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. 4 Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him. 5 Then these men said, 'We shall not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.'
Once a new acquisition has been obtained, the first order of business is to organize. The Babylonian kingdom was divided up into 120 regions, perhaps by major city or groups of cities, and 120 local governors of sorts were placed over their administration.
Over these 120, three administrators were appointed, and Daniel was on of these three. He in effect was the highest ruler (along with the other two of the committee of three) in the land, and subordinate only to the rulers of the Mede-Persian empire.
The Persian rulers would not just select anyone to run their conquered lands. Prior to their defeating Babylon, they would have gathered intelligence information on the prominent peoples in the empire. Knowing or deciding who could be trusted and who could not. The information they had on Daniel was obviously extensive, and so impressed the King, that Daniel, a captive himself within the kingdom, was chosen for this high honor.
Daniel has now lived through two kingdoms and has seen their fall. The first was Judah, and the second, Babylon. He is now living within the third kingdom, and the second kingdom in his prophecy of the breast and arms of silver, which we have already studied.
But the honor is not long in place before jealousy gets the better of those who aspire to Daniel's position and their own greatness.
Belshazzar wished to Promote Daniel, but his authority had been canceled by God, along with the kingdom. Now God has promoted Daniel for the next increment of Daniel's life and the next increment of Gods plan and glorification of God.
All peoples are placed in the positions they occupy not for their own glorification or ego, but for the glorification of God. Because God is the sole source of meaningful and legitimate advancement. When God promotes, then you are indeed promoted. If God does not promote, then whatever advancement you attain on your own devices is false and will be short lived at best and never fulfilling.
The jungle has it own rules and those rules generally look to personal character flaws in order to knock down anyone who is up for promotion. People always look for skeletons in the closet of those who are ahead of them socially, politically, and so forth. Politics reeks in this regard. To destroy someone they attack their character or personal past, and often the past is in the distant past and completely irrelevant in the current period.
Daniel had no flaws, because he had no ambitions that compromised his character. He sought only God and in so doing, God promoted him to this high position despite his advanced age. Daniel was by now in his nineties. you will recall that Darius was just over sixty. Darius was no fool. He did not appoint leaders from within his own family of circle of friends, but sought those who were at least capable of doing the job - running the empire.
Daniel was an excellent administrator, well organized and fair in his dealings. Daniel did not sit at home praying all day long. He had a life and a job just like all of us. He was responsible in the carrying out of his daily business, whatever it was.
Remember that no matter what you have in life, there will always be those around you, that will want to take away whatever you have. Social competitors want your attraction. Business competitors want your prosperity. Politicians have their ego and seek your popularity or power. Neighbors just want whatever you have, or whatever they perceive you have, and so forth.
Only Gods promotions are real. The jungles promotions are not. If a position is not worth waiting on God to assign, then it is not worth having. And, if you do not receive a, 'thing', then it is better that you not have it. Defer to Gods judgment not your own desires. The world is full of conspiracies and I do not mean those things whereby we need to be paranoid regarding, but all thoughts and actions that run contrary to those of Gods will, are conspiratorial by definition. So in that regard the world conspires against God. You and I just happen to be in the way. Daniel was in the way in this case.
If God had wished for someone else to have Daniel's position, He would have assigned it to another. But the world is always hustling for that to which it has no right. The world attempts to define its own destiny and that attempt is of course futile. Gods promotions are just and fair. Man seeks promotions in accordance with the jungle rules, with deceit and wicked intent. One of the many reasons that lusts are flawed is that their desires are sought apart from capacity or basis. Promotion is sought apart from ability. Love is sought apart from honor or virtue. Success is sought apart from integrity. Approbation is sought apart from achievement, and so forth. Therefore seek first the capacities and standards which come from Bible study, then allow God to use you to your benefit, rather than your sin nature using you to your demise.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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