Daniel in the Lion's Den... it's a story that many of us have heard since before we could walk, and usually it is ripped out of the context of a righteous man living in pagan Babylon.
As I was reading through it this time, new insights flew off the page for me that I had never noticed before.
The chapter opens with King Darius elevating Daniel to a high position. This is the third time Daniel was promoted; it happened with Nebuchadnezzer after interpreting the king's dream, and then with Belshazzar after interpreting the writing on the wall. (Granted, the second promotion only lasted an hour or two). I wonder what Daniel did to impress Darius? Maybe Darius just heard testimonies about Daniel, his God, and his steadfastness. Who knows?
Anyway, Daniel's promotion irritated his fellow governors and satraps. They knew Daniel was a righteous and faithful man, filled with integrity - so they declared that they would have to trip him up in regard to his God's law.
So these schmucks approached Darius with a piece of legislation that they knew Daniel would disobey. They appealed to Darius' ego, suggesting that for 30 days, nobody be allowed to worship any man or god but Darius himself.
Darius fell for the ploy, and signed the bill into law. The unchangeable Law of the Medes and Persians. It was a ridiculous law that Daniel rightfully refused to obey.
|Daniel prayed toward Jerusalem|
I have often had this fleeting thought while reading about the Law of the Medes and Persians: why exactly were the laws unchangeable? Why then, at that point in history? Many despotic rulers have come and gone and have had no problem changing laws. Several modern guys come to mind - Stalin, Mao, Kim Jung Un, Hitler.
Maybe God is showing us something with the Law of the Medes and Persians. Maybe it is to demonstrate how His own law is set in stone and unchangeable.
The Witch in the story was quite right. She had legal claim to Edmund's soul because of his treachery. But Edmund would not die for his sins. Instead, Aslan offered to lay down his life in place of the boy. In the story, the unchangeable law is called the Deep Magic From the Dawn of Time. Aslan had to take a different route.
|Daniel in the cave with lions|
But Yeshua is no longer the meek Lamb. Someday soon, He will return to earth as the mighty Lion of Judah, and He will destroy His enemies - just as the enemies of Daniel were destroyed by the lions in Babylon. He will then rule and reign from Jerusalem, and those who belong to Him will rule and reign with Him.