The Ultimate Daniel

September 12, 2020 

Daniel 6:8-9, 16-17

16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.

18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. 19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.” 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.

The king says, “Oh my goodness, how did this happen?” What does he say to the king? He says, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel …” Do you remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Into the furnace, now into the lions’ den, who is this guy?

Nebuchadnezzar saw him, and he said he looked like a son of the gods. The weird thing about this angel is he does not deliver outside of the furnace. He doesn’t deliver outside of the den. He could. Why doesn’t he? If he’s going to deliver Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, if he’s going to deliver Daniel, why not just strike the guards dead? Why not just create an avalanche and cover up the den?

Why does he always go in? Who is this guy? We already referred to him. There is somebody else, who was also thrown into a tomb and sealed over with a rock and also came out, but why?

The Bible tells us in Psalm 22 what the Messiah is going to say from the cross. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? All who see me mock me. They hurl insults, saying, ‘He trusts in the Lord, but the Lord will not rescue him.’ Roaring lions open their mouths wide against me. You lay me in the dust of death.”

This is what it means. The real Daniel, who went into the real lions’ den and who went before the real lions, the justice of God, who got the punishment that we all needed, was broken and was torn by the justice of God.

The real Daniel, who went into the real lions’ den, was Jesus Christ. Because he was the ultimate Daniel, who went before the ultimate lions, we now can go into the lion dens of our lives with confidence.

Because he was thrown away, because he was cut off, because he was thrown into that ultimate lions’ den, I’m never going to experience anything like that. Therefore, I can truly be Daniel. Do you know what Daniel means? The word Daniye’l means my judge is God. God is my judge. I don’t care what you think. I don’t care what anybody thinks.

In other words, do you believe the ultimate Daniel went into the ultimate lions’ den for you? Do you believe Jesus Christ went and took your punishment so that now you really are innocent in God’s sight?

If you’re in awe about what he has done for you, then you’ll walk into every other lions’ den, and you’ll say, “Daniye’l. God is my judge. This is a small thing because of what Jesus Christ has done for me.” Fear God, and fear nothing else.


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