Bible Stories for Adults
God Saves Daniel From the Lions
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Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
Who was Nebuchadnezzar and what was his relationship with the Jews?
Jeremiah 39:1, 4-9
Why did he do this?
Jeremiah 25:4, 8-9
How did the Jews feel about Nebuchadnezzar?
Did the Jews ever see the vengeance they wanted?
Judah Exiled in Babylon (Daniel 1-2)
How did Daniel and other Judah nobility become subject to Nebuchadnezzar?
Did Nebuchadnezzar have these noble people killed like other kings would?
Who were some of these best?
Daniel 1:6-7, 17, 19-20
How did Daniel become an official in the Babylonian kingdom?
Daniel 2:26-28, 48
What was the purpose of the dream?
Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream (Daniel 4:1-18)
What was happening in Babylon when God gave Nebuchadnezzar a second dream?
How did Daniel get involved?
What was the dream?
How did the dream change strangely for its finish?
Was Nebuchadnezzar given any reason to think this dream had a special meaning?
The Meaning of the Dream (Daniel 4:19-26)
Did the dream have a good or bad meaning?
What was the tree?
What other nation had its greatness compared to an expansive tree?
Hosea 14:1, 5-7
What was meant by the man with the mind of an animal?
Why was the tree stump left in the ground?
The Dream is Fulfilled (Daniel 4:27-37)
Was there any way Nebuchadnezzar could prevent this from happening?
Did Nebuchadnezzar turn to God or did the curses of the dream happen?
Daniel 4:28-31, 33
Did Nebuchadnezzar regain his sanity after the prescribed 7 years?
Daniel 4:34, 36
Did the dream & fulfillment have its desired effect of turning Nebuchadnezzar to God?
How sincere and enthusiastic was Nebuchadnezzar's praise for God?
Belshazzar's Party (Daniel 5:1-24)
Nebuchadnezzar was succeeded by son, Nabonidus in 562 BC
Nabonidus retired to Arabia, left his son Belshazzar in charge
How faithful was Nebuchadnezzar's grandson, Belshazzar?
Belshazzar meant Bel protect the king - Bel was Babylon's chief god
How was Belshazzar suddenly sobered up?
How did Daniel enter the scene?
How did Belshazzar try to influence an interpretation and how did Daniel respond?
How did Daniel use the story in chapter 4 to explain Belshazzar's problem?
Daniel 5:18, 20-24
The Meaning of the Words (Daniel 5:25-31)
What words were written on the wall?
||Coin / Weight
||Nabonidus / Belshazzar
What judgment on Belshazzar did God pronounce with these words?
When was this judgment fulfilled?
From historical records:
Persian army conquered Babylon in 539 BC (Judah exiled in 608 BC)
Soldiers temporarily diverted the Euphrates River & crossed dry bed
Led into city by 2 traitors during annual feast of the gods
Darius means Lord-King - Term used like Caesar or Pharaoh
Used later for Darius Hystapis (Ezra 4:5) & Darius Codomanus (Neh 12:22)
The Decree of Darius Cyaxares II (Daniel 6:1-9)
How did Darius organize his Median empire?
How did God bless Daniel's work and what did others think of it?
What plan did Daniel's enemies conceive to be sure they could catch Daniel?
Daniel's Response to the Decree (Daniel 6:10-15)
Did Daniel obey the new law or did he keep on praying?
Was Daniel ever caught illegally praying?
How did Darius respond to Daniel's blatant disregard for the law?
Why didn't Darius just cancel the stupid decree?
See also Esther 1:19 and 8:8
Daniel in the Lions' Den (Daniel 6:16-28)
Was Darius able to find any way to save Daniel?
How well did Darius sleep after putting Daniel in the lions' den?
What had happened to Daniel in the lions' den?
Could it have been that the lions just weren't hungry?
How was God's name glorified through this story?
The Rest of the Story
How else was Daniel's life blessed by God?
Daniel 7:1 (2-28)
Daniel 8:1 (2-27)
Daniel 9:1, 21 (2-27)
Daniel 10:1 (10:2-12:13)
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