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Before we are delivered out of the "den" we must be delivered in it!

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  • Stephen Modawell
    Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2003
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      "Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published,
      he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened
      toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his
      knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had
      done before" (Daniel 6:10, NIV).

      Most readers will know about the story of Daniel in the
      lion's den, how several hundred years B.C. he was taken
      captive along with most of the ancient Israelites to
      Babylon--the city of which is reported to be about 60 miles
      south of the Baghdad in Iraq.

      Because Daniel was a very able and trusted servant, King
      Darius planned to make him the second highest in command in
      Babylon. However, jealous lesser leaders, knowing that
      Daniel could not be faulted in any way, set a trap to have
      him destroyed by persuading the king to make a law "that
      anyone who prays to any god or man during the next thirty
      days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown into the
      lions' den" (verse 7).

      Daniel refused to stop praying to God. King Darius was
      greatly distressed but, because of the law, Daniel was
      thrown to the hungry lions with the king's words: "May your
      God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!"

      "Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night
      without eating .... And he could not sleep. At the first
      light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions'
      den. When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an
      anguished voice, 'Daniel, servant of the living God, has
      your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue
      you from the lions?'

      "Daniel answered, 'O king, live forever! My God sent his
      angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions....'

      "The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out
      of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no
      wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.


      At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused
      Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions' den,
      along with their wives and children. And before they
      reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them
      and crushed all their bones" (verses 6-24).

      Had Daniel gone "kicking and screaming" into the lion's den
      because of this gross injustice, chances are he would have
      been torn to pieces before he hit bottom. But he didn't. He
      trusted God fully in the midst of this frightening
      situation. However, before Daniel was delivered out of the
      lions' den, he was delivered in it--a lesson that God wants
      each of us to learn in whatever situation we find
      ourselves.
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