Below are your questions for our Bible study of Daniel chapter six.
Our last lesson was a study Daniel chapter five.
We saw how King Belshazzar mocked God Almighty and how this cost him not just his kingdom, but his very life. Daniel however, made out just fine — even after pointing out the king’s sin to him to his face and then telling him that he should repent.
God sent a hand — a physical hand to write on the wall for all to see. Daniel explained that God had weighed King Belshazzar in the balances and he was found to be deficient, guilty, and would suffer for it. So afterwards, in Chapter six, we see a new king — Darius is now the ruler of Babylon.
Scholars are not exactly sure who this Darius is. Perhaps he was actually King Cyrus. Much speculation surrounds the that idea as ancient kings often had two names. But it really doesn’t add or detract from the message of the story to know exactly the identity of Darius.
What’s important is to understand from chapter five — and from all four chapters before it — is that God continues to demonstrate again and again that he is sovereign. He consistently demonstrates that nobody, not even the most powerful king on earth, is really in charge of anyone or anything unless he allows it to be so. Specifically:
God demonstrates through all of this that he's in charge of the affairs of mankind, despite what any man or woman may think. That was true then, and it’s still true today, and it will be true tomorrow.
Now let’s study Daniel chapter six.
1. Why were there men plotting against Daniel? What was their motivation to do so?
2. What do you see in the text that indicates the plotters lied to their king? Is there any thing that you see which would indicate they were untruthful?
So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and Cyrus the Persian.
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1. What do you see in King Nebuchadnezzar and King Belshazzar that you did not see in King Darius?
2. What’s the most remarkable thing about this story to you?
1. What do you think of King Darius? Do you think he’s a good or bad person and why do you think so?
2. What do you learn about the character of Daniel from the following verses?
Certainly Daniel triumphed over the attempt to execute him by turning him into lion feed, but where else in this story do we see Daniel winning with God against the circumstances of his life?
What about this story inspires you to imitate Daniel?
What comfort could it provide you if you were persecuted as a Christian?
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