Daniel 6

The Miraculous Catnap

Teach the Story

Teach your students what this story tells us about God and about us. {5 minutes}

As you might have guessed, the two rulers who served with Daniel were jealous. Have you ever been jealous of someone? You wish you had what he had or could do what she could do? When you feel jealous, you should remember that a good God takes care of us. That is not what these men did. They wanted to have what Daniel had. And to get that, they needed to get rid of him. So they came up with an evil plan. They tricked Darius into signing a new law that said “whoever prays to any god or man except the king will be tossed into the den of lions” (see Dan. 6:7). Yikes! The other rulers knew that Daniel was an honest and faithful man who would not break rules. But they also knew that he would break this rule. Why? Because he worshiped the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He prayed to the Lord every day at three different times, and he would not stop doing that no matter what. Sure enough, one day he was caught praying “on his knees . . . before his God” (6:10).

When the king learned that his friend Daniel broke his new law, he was greatly troubled. He thought of ways to deliver Daniel from his new law, but there was nothing he could do. There was a rule that not even the king could disobey the laws he made. So Daniel was cast into the lions’ den and a stone was laid over its opening. Darius cried out, “May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!” (6:16). And God did just that! He sent an angel and shut the lions’ mouths. When the king came the next morning to check on Daniel, he learned Daniel was alive and well. The king was so happy! Daniel was taken out of the den and those who tricked the king were tossed in instead. “The lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces” (6:24). But not Daniel. Daniel was saved “because he had trusted in his God” (6:23). We should trust God in the same way. In fact, King Darius wrote a new law for everyone in his kingdom saying that they should fear Daniel’s God because “his kingdom shall never be destroyed. . . . He delivers and rescues . . . he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions” (6:26–27).


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