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God Saves Daniel From the Lions

Daniel 4-6

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    Bible Words to Remember:
      Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

Opening Prayer

Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah)
    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?
      Jeremiah 51:34-35
    Did the Jews ever see the vengeance they wanted?
      Jeremiah 25:12-14

Judah Exiled in Babylon (Daniel 1-2)
    How did Daniel and other Judah nobility become subject to Nebuchadnezzar?
      Daniel 1:1-2
    Did Nebuchadnezzar have these noble people killed like other kings would?
      Daniel 1:3-4
    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?
      Daniel 2:47

Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream (Daniel 4:1-18)
    What was happening in Babylon when God gave Nebuchadnezzar a second dream?
      Daniel 4:4-5
    How did Daniel get involved?
      Daniel 4:6-9
    What was the dream?
      Daniel 4:10-14
    How did the dream change strangely for its finish?
      Daniel 4:15-16
    Was Nebuchadnezzar given any reason to think this dream had a special meaning?
      Daniel 4:17

The Meaning of the Dream (Daniel 4:19-26)
    Did the dream have a good or bad meaning?
      Daniel 4:19
    What was the tree?
      Daniel 4:22
    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?
      Daniel 4:24-25
    Why was the tree stump left in the ground?
      Daniel 4:26

The Dream is Fulfilled (Daniel 4:27-37)
    Was there any way Nebuchadnezzar could prevent this from happening?
      Daniel 4:27
    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?
      Daniel 4:37
    How sincere and enthusiastic was Nebuchadnezzar's praise for God?
      Daniel 4:1-3

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
      Belshazzar meant Bel protect the king - Bel was Babylon's chief god
    How faithful was Nebuchadnezzar's grandson, Belshazzar?
      Daniel 5:1-4
    How was Belshazzar suddenly sobered up?
      Daniel 5:5-6

    How did Daniel enter the scene?
      Daniel 5:8-12
    How did Belshazzar try to influence an interpretation and how did Daniel respond?
      Daniel 5:16-17
    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?
      Daniel 5:25

      Word Meaning Coin / Weight Ruler Symbolized
      Mene Numbered Mina Naboplasser
      Tekel Weighed Shekel Nebuchadnezzar
      Parsin Divided Half-Shekel Nabonidus / Belshazzar Persia

    What judgment on Belshazzar did God pronounce with these words?
      Daniel 5:26-28
    When was this judgment fulfilled?
      Daniel 5:30-31

    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?
      Daniel 6:1-2
    How did God bless Daniel's work and what did others think of it?
      Daniel 6:3-5
    What plan did Daniel's enemies conceive to be sure they could catch Daniel?
      Daniel 6:7-9

Daniel's Response to the Decree (Daniel 6:10-15)
    Did Daniel obey the new law or did he keep on praying?
      Daniel 6:10
    Was Daniel ever caught illegally praying?
      Daniel 6:11-13
    How did Darius respond to Daniel's blatant disregard for the law?
      Daniel 6:14
    Why didn't Darius just cancel the stupid decree?
      Daniel 6:15
      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?
      Daniel 6:16-17
    How well did Darius sleep after putting Daniel in the lions' den?
      Daniel 6:18-20

    What had happened to Daniel in the lions' den?
      Daniel 6:21-23
    Could it have been that the lions just weren't hungry?
      Daniel 6:24

    How was God's name glorified through this story?
      Daniel 6:25-27

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)

Closing Prayer

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