Bible Stories for Adults
God Saves Daniel From the Lions
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Bible Words to Remember:
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 = King of Babylon, Attacked & destroyed Jerusalem, exiled Jews
Why did he do this?
Jeremiah 25:4, 8-9 = He was doing God's work in punishing the Jews for unfaithfulness
How did the Jews feel about Nebuchadnezzar?
Jeremiah 51:34-35 = They hated him and wanted vengeance
Did the Jews ever see the vengeance they wanted?
Jeremiah 25:12-14 = Yes, but not until 70 years had passed
Judah Exiled in Babylon (Daniel 1-2)
How did Daniel and other Judah nobility become subject to Nebuchadnezzar?
Daniel 1:1-2 = During first exile of Jehoiakim
Did Nebuchadnezzar have these noble people killed like other kings would?
Daniel 1:3-4 = No, he chose the best from them and trained them in Babylonian ways
Who were some of these best? = Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael & Azariah
Daniel 1:6-7, 17, 19-20 = Renamed Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego
How did Daniel become an official in the Babylonian kingdom?
Daniel 2:26-28, 48 = God revealed N's dream thru Daniel, Neb named D as high official
What was the purpose of the dream?
Daniel 2:47 = To begin Nebuchadnezzar's faith & spread God's name through the world
Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream (Daniel 4:1-18)
What was happening in Babylon when God gave Nebuchadnezzar a second dream?
Daniel 4:4-5 = Nothing, Nebuchadnezzar was content & prosperous
How did Daniel get involved?
Daniel 4:6-9 = Wise men couldn't interpret, Neb told Daniel since God was in him
What was the dream?
Daniel 4:10-14 = A huge tree covered the earth with shelter, angel commanded it cut down
How did the dream change strangely for its finish?
Daniel 4:15-16 = Tree stump changed into a man given mind of an animal for 7 years
Was Nebuchadnezzar given any reason to think this dream had a special meaning?
Daniel 4:17 = He was told it was a decision from God, the Most High
The Meaning of the Dream (Daniel 4:19-26)
Did the dream have a good or bad meaning?
Daniel 4:19 = Daniel was afraid to tell Nebuchadnezzar its bad meaning
What was the tree?
Daniel 4:22 = Nebuchadnezzar & his greatness was the tree
What other nation had its greatness compared to an expansive tree?
Hosea 14:1, 5-7 = Israel, if it repented and returned to God
What was meant by the man with the mind of an animal?
Daniel 4:24-25 = Nebuchadnezzar would go nuts & live like an animal 7 years
Why was the tree stump left in the ground?
Daniel 4:26 = Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom would be restored when he turned to God
The Dream is Fulfilled (Daniel 4:27-37)
Was there any way Nebuchadnezzar could prevent this from happening?
Daniel 4:27 = Yes, Renounce his sins & be righteous & faithful
Did Nebuchadnezzar turn to God or did the curses of the dream happen?
Daniel 4:28-31, 33 = He continued his evil & pride for 1 year, then went crazy per dream
Did Nebuchadnezzar regain his sanity after the prescribed 7 years?
Daniel 4:34, 36 = Yes, and his kingdom & honor were returned
Did the dream & fulfillment have its desired effect of turning Nebuchadnezzar to God?
Daniel 4:37 = Yes, he praised God
How sincere and enthusiastic was Nebuchadnezzar's praise for God?
Daniel 4:1-3 = He documented the story & his praise in a letter to all the world
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
Daniel 5:1-4 = Used temple goblets at party to drink toasts to gods
How was Belshazzar suddenly sobered up?
Daniel 5:5-6 = Saw hand write words on the wall (white plaster)
How did Daniel enter the scene?
Daniel 5:8-12 = Wise men couldn't interpret, queen mother remembered Daniel's ability
How did Belshazzar try to influence an interpretation and how did Daniel respond?
Daniel 5:16-17 = Offered him riches and power, Daniel declined since he worked for God
How did Daniel use the story in chapter 4 to explain Belshazzar's problem?
Daniel 5:18, 20-24 = Nebuchadnezzar turned to God, but Belshazzar desecrated God
The Meaning of the Words (Daniel 5:25-31)
What words were written on the wall? = Rulers in descending value (N/B were co-regents)
Daniel 5:25 = Coins/weights in descending order, Parsin sounds like Persia
||Coin / Weight
||Nabonidus / Belshazzar
What judgment on Belshazzar did God pronounce with these words?
Daniel 5:26-28 = Days numbered, under weight, kingdom divided
When was this judgment fulfilled?
Daniel 5:30-31 = That night, Darius Cyaxares II (Mede) took over
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 = 120 satraps reporting to 3 admin, inc Daniel (probably ~80 yrs old)
How did God bless Daniel's work and what did others think of it?
Daniel 6:3-5 = Top leader, others jealous & tried to dig up dirt
What plan did Daniel's enemies conceive to be sure they could catch Daniel?
Daniel 6:7-9 = A decree that anyone caught praying in next month is thrown to lions
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 = He remained faithful and kept praying regularly
Was Daniel ever caught illegally praying?
Daniel 6:11-13 = Enemies caught him, reminded Darius of decree, reported Daniel's crime
How did Darius respond to Daniel's blatant disregard for the law?
Daniel 6:14 = Greatly distressed, Tried everything to repeal law
Why didn't Darius just cancel the stupid decree?
Daniel 6:15 = Against law to change a king's decree, even by king
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 = No way other than trusting in God
How well did Darius sleep after putting Daniel in the lions' den?
Daniel 6:18-20 = He didn't; Ran to den at dawn hoping Daniel was ok
What had happened to Daniel in the lions' den?
Daniel 6:21-23 = God protected him for his faithfulness
Could it have been that the lions just weren't hungry?
Daniel 6:24 = No, they devoured Daniel's enemies & their families
How was God's name glorified through this story?
Daniel 6:25-27 = Darius sent decree throughout the world praising God
The Rest of the Story
How else was Daniel's life blessed by God? = Given 4 visions of future
Daniel 7:1 (2-28) = 4 world powers followed by son of man
Daniel 8:1 (2-27) = Future world powers named, destroyed by god
Daniel 9:1, 21 (2-27) = Specific times given for coming of Messiah
Daniel 10:1 (10:2-12:13) = Israel's future & end times foretold
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