Daniel was Rescued
“I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them.” Ezekiel 11:19
The fifth chapter of Daniel ends with the death of King Belshazzar when the Persians took over Babylon and Darius was put on the throne. Babylon was on the decline—no longer the powerful, prosperous empire it once was. By this time Daniel was an old man, probably in his early 80s. He served the new king as one of the three leading supervisors in the kingdom.
Daniel was very good at his job. So good, in fact, that King Darius planned to put him in charge of the entire kingdom. The other supervisors and governors were jealous of Daniel. They watched for him to do something wrong so they could complain to the king. Read Daniel 6:4. Daniel was “trustworthy, and no negligence or corruption was found in him.”
Through the malevolent persuasion of the king’s leaders, King Darius passed a law that no one could pray to anyone but him, the king, for 30 days. Daniel continued to pray boldly to God. Even the king’s threat of death did not stop Daniel from praying. The jealous officials turned him in, and Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den.
Daniel was in the lions’ den all night long. When morning came, the king rushed to find out what happened to Daniel and discovered that Daniel was alive and unharmed! God’s protection of Daniel served to show all the people that the God of Daniel “is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion has no end” (Dan. 6:26).
God showed His power to rescue Daniel from the lions, but Daniel was just a small part of a much bigger story. God ultimately rescued us from a much bigger problem—sin and death—through His Son, Jesus.
Help your kids understand that God also calls us to trust and obey Him no matter what. God sent His Son, Jesus, to rescue us from something much more dangerous than lions. Jesus rescues us from sin and death. Pray that through your faith, and that of your kids, “may the name of God be praised forever and ever” (Dan. 2:20).
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
KEY PASSAGE: Daniel 2:20
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- How can we obey God? We trust God to help us obey Him.
BIBLE STORY: DANIEL WAS RESCUED
- A new law said people could only pray to the king.
- Daniel prayed to God and was thrown into the lions’ den.
- God rescued Daniel.
- e king made a new law that everyone must respect God.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What do you think you would have done if you were Daniel?
- Do you think Daniel was scared about being thrown into the lions’ den? Why or why not?
- What does Jesus rescue us from?
- Visit your local zoo and observe the lions. Review the Bible story and talk about what it would be like to have no barrier between you and the lions.
- Pray as a family in a public place such as a restaurant. Talk about the blessing of being able to pray openly in our country.
“God Brought His People Home” (Ezra 1:1–2:2; 2:64–3:13)