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Lesson # Dan. 6:11-15
Study Material - Dan. 6:11-15
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God. 12 Then they approached and spoke before the king about the king's injunction, 'Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions' den?' The king answered and said, 'The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.' 13 Then they answered and spoke before the king, 'Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.' 14 Then, as soon as the king heard this statement, he was deeply distressed and set his mind on delivering Daniel; and even until sunset he kept exerting himself to rescue him. 15 Then these men came by agreement to the king and said to the king, 'Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.'
All things against the mature believers of the world are not really against them, but against God, Psa. 2:1. People who are evil and promote their wickedness are in effect in an uproar. Why? Because they are greedy, and frustrated in their attempts to gain for their desires. Why frustrated? Because lusts are never satisfied, always wanting for more and more, therefore a form of frustration sets in. Sometimes it is subtle, sometimes more noticeable.
The 'men' came in before the king and made petition. This is not a polite, 'by the way, did you know' sort of thing, but an uproar. They came in before the king is intense anger and complaint against Daniel. Their charge was outwardly in anger that Daniel should be so defiant against the law and the king. But of course their inward thought was that they could care less for the law, or probably even the king. They just wanted Daniel gone and the advancement in their own ranks, or perhaps less overseeing by Daniel. Hummm. Wicked people do not like to be checked up on, or even held accountable for that which they have been put in charge.
The king is upset at these new revelations. Daniel has been in an upstairs room, actually a roof top room with windows opened toward Jerusalem, kneeling and praying as per his usual custom. We read that yesterday. Now for anyone to see him they would have to be in an upper floor of some nearby building at least looking down through the windows of Daniel's home in order to see Daniel in his prayer/study mode. Or perhaps someone who pretended to be a friend was in his home and saw him, but this is not likely as the location of his rooms, windows opened, his kneeling, etc. were all that has ben mentioned and they are all that are pertinent. It took peeping toms, to see Daniel for 30 days and to come up with the charges.
The king valued Daniel very highly as perhaps his best and most trusted administrator. He worked all day long probably with whatever counsel he had available, in order to get Daniel off. But the accusers were relentless and ruthless.
Everyone who rejects Bible doctrine, or even ignores it in their life will be without its constraining effects on their life. Therefore their daily production will be classified as wickedness - the production of the sin nature - which will be in control of the soul, which is lacking Bible doctrine and out of fellowship.
Wicked people may be polite at first, but eventually in their life they will deteriorate and degenerate into selfish and self centered tyrants. The tougher will be bullies. The weaker will be followers. And anyone who has what they want will get run over.
In the jungle if you are to fight the jungle fight then you have to be bigger, tougher, better financed, have better information on your enemies and so forth. But most of us do not have that. We look to God and Bible doctrine for our resources to do battle and we do not do the fighting, God does. 'Stand fast and watch the deliverance of the Lord.' 'The Lord does not depend on weapons to do his will. He works without regard to human means. The battle is the Lords.'
In some situations in life certain of believers will be stood out for public glorification of God. Daniel is such a person. All of us are in the public view of angels, so there are many witnesses with regard to each of our victories or failures in the angelic conflict. But only a few will probably be viewed by the general human public.
Had Daniel done anything wrong? No. He was a mature believer yet the jungle was still against him and it took him right up to the brink of his execution and his faith in God. He could have died violently, but of course he will be saved in this story.
We all need to know that just because we are advancing in our spiritual lives, there will always be trouble lurking about out there in the world. We should not get upset when things turn south for us. Be patient and let God work the details out. Don't knee jerk into a pout. Don't feel sorry for yourself. Don't begin to rationalize that now you are spending your 15 minutes in Bible study everyday, that you have somehow elevated yourself above the worldly problems that plague the rest of us. But too, God does not deliver you over to anything more than you are capable of handling. That is with reference to your spiritual growth of course. If you reject God and spiritual growth, then you are exposed to all manner of problems that could overwhelm you completely and without remorse or concern for you.
Trouble comes to us in three categories. We are in fellowship and growing up spiritually, therefore trouble is a test of our faith, therefore blessing follows the adversity. Or, we might be out of fellowship, negative toward God and therefore the trouble is our discipline to get us back in line. Or if an unbeliever is involved the trouble is to get them into a frame of mind to accept God and Jesus Christ.
From the perspective of others, our trouble can teach them that trouble is out there and they need to get their act together. Our problems can teach others with regard to the positive aspects of adversity as well as to the negative aspects of adversity as well as the blessings (or lack of them) that follow. So your trouble might be for the purpose of teaching others. We should never jump to conclusions when we see the troubles of others. We do not know the situation, even if we think we know. So judging others is not our right.
The publicity against Daniel was probably overwhelming. Imagine the gossip. 'Daniel did what? Really!' as the nauseating gossip of weak minded people spreads. Do not pay mind to gossips. Pay attention to your own life, your own spiritual growth, and let the gossips suffer as they will eventually. Public opinion is useless anyway. So ignore it. God controls your life not public opinion.
Mankind might come up with rules of conduct that he thinks cannot be changed, But that does not restrict God. If God wants a thing to happen, then it will and nothing can stop it. If God wants a thing to not happen, then is won't and nothing can cause it to happen. Mankind does not have the final say. God does. Trust in Him and persist in your Bible study regardless of the circumstances in your life. You will never regret your Bible study.
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End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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