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Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
“These men” are mentioned in the earlier verses of this chapter as satraps. A satrap was a high government official in an ancient Persian government. Darius, the Persian king, had appointed 120 of them and was about to make Daniel, a Jew, the head over all of them. The other satraps tried to find something in his governing that would help them bring Daniel down because they were jealous of him and couldn’t. So they decided the only possibility he could have a flaw would be the way he worshipped his God.
You may already know that they passed a phony law that appealed to the King’s ego. It said anyone found worshipping any other god besides Darius in the next 30 days would be thrown into the lion’s den. Without thinking of his good friend Daniel, the king quickly signed the decree. Daniel heard about it and went ahead and worshipped the Lord God Jehovah three times a day. The other satraps discovered him, and he was thrown into the lion’s den by a broken-hearted king who could not turn back his decree, and God shut the mouths of the lions. When the king found Daniel alive the next morning, he pulled Daniel out of the den of lions and threw the conspirators in with their families, and the lions destroyed them all. Remember that when the conspirators could find nothing wrong with the way Daniel did the business he had been asked to do by the king, they went after the way he worshipped God. The more a nation and its leaders drift away from the God of heaven and earth, “Eventually They Will Come After Your Faith.”
This AM, I am more committed than ever to follow You no matter what. I’m not sure if I could be as courageous as Daniel, but I can’t imagine him loving You any more than I do. Help me, I pray, to be stronger as the day approaches when I will be tested. Amen