Daniel Chapter 6 - Daniel in the Lion's Den

1. What stirs up the jealousy and envy of the administrators and satraps? How would they describe Daniel (goodie two shoes, too good to be true, outsider, a threat)?

2. Have you ever found that when you begin to excel, other people look for ways to hold you back and tear you down? How should you deal with those who would cheer at your downfall and even try to hasten it?

3. Why did the king issue his decree (he was outnumbered, he was stupid, he had an inflated ego, he believed everybody would obey, he wanted to be God)?

4. How would you describe Danielís response to the edict (rebellion, perseverence, faithfulness, disregard, plea for help, courageous, throw down the gauntlet, stupid)?

5. Are there times where a better strategy might be to close the windows, draw the curtains, and pray to God in secret? (John 3:2)

6. By continuing to pray openly three times a day, both believers and unbelievers witnessed Danielís consistency. From observing you, what can unbelievers determine about your life?

7. If someone who knew my innermost thoughts were to rate my ethics, I would score:
At work   0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10  
At home   0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10  
With outsiders   0     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10  

8. When the king discovered the implications of his decree, he felt: (anger toward his advisors, stupid, despair, frustration, trapped, repentant)? In his position what would you have done?

9. What saved Daniel (his faith, his innocence, Godís faithfulness, sleeping lions, the kingís prayers)? Think about this before answering.

10. Because of the Persian custom of vindication (an eye for an eye), Danielís accusers received the same punishment that they demanded that Daniel receive. Is this supported anyplace in the Bible? (Deut 19:21, Isaiah 3:11, Jeremiah 21:14) What do you think about punishing (innocent?) family members of the accusers?

11. In your own life, have you ever experienced God in the midst of a ďlionís denĒ (of skeptics, critics, persecutors, etc.)? Has you lifeline ever been only God and God alone?

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