Daniel 6

The Miraculous Catnap

The Big Picture

At the beginning of your lesson, build anticipation by introducing the setting and the significance of what is about to happen in this week's story. {5 minutes}

Throughout Daniel’s life God was with him. God protected and blessed him. Even though Daniel was one of the people captured and taken from Judah, he served in very high positions of power under three different kings. After King Nebuchadnezzar died, Belshazzar became king in his place. But he was killed after his party, just like God had foretold through that hand that wrote on the wall. Remember that? Then, as God predicted, the Medes and the Persians conquered the Babylonians. A new kingdom with a new king. The new king’s name was Darius (which was much easier to pronounce). Darius’s kingdom had 120 states with 120 governors. And to rule over all those governors, Darius picked three men. Their names were Stan, Hann, and Dan. (Just kidding. The Bible only gives us Dan’s or Daniel’s name.) Daniel quickly became the favorite. In fact, Darius planned to make him rule over the whole kingdom. When the other two rulers found out, what do you think they thought? Let’s listen in.


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