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Delivered from the lion's mouth

Daniel 6:18-28, Psalm 57:1-11, Andrew Love, July 15, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Concluding chapter 6 tonight
  • God does not promise to deliver us from our trials but does promise to deliver us in our trial
    • Example of Stephen
    • Example of James the Martyr
  • An instance where God does deliver out of the trial
    • Many instances in Scripture where God delivered His people out of difficult circumstances
      • E.g. Deliverance from Egypt, David, Joseph, Shadrach/Mechash/Abednego, Paul (2 Cor 1:8-10)
    • Sometimes God brings us out of the trial in a remarkable way
  • Overview:
    • No human help for Daniel
    • God's reward of faith
    • God's Messages

No human help for Daniel

  • Darius was for him, but had signed the law that sealed Daniel's fate
    • Darius sought to help him but could do nothing
    • Daniel is thrown into the pit of lions and sealed with a boulder
  • The pit was sure death - explanation
  • God stepped in - nothing can explain this situation but a miracle
    • v20 - Darius cried out with a lament for Daniel
    • v22 - God sent an angel to shut the lions' mouths
    • v23 - No injury was upon his body
  • Who was this Angel of the Lord?
    • Examples of those He had previously come to
    • The great mediator between God and man
    • The one who would would day take upon flesh
  • No help in man but ever always help in God (and the Angel of the Lord)
    • If you are going through a difficult time: your extremity is God's opportunity
    • God can bring you out of the situation but He will be with you in it
  • 2 Tim 4:10,14-17 - people are abandoning and opposing Paul
    • No human help for Paul but help in God - "The Lord stood with me"
  • God will stand with us

God's reward of faith

  • v23 - no injury on Daniel because he believed in God
    • The passage reflects on God (not Daniel's faith)
    • The passage does not neglect Daniel's faith
    • Heb 11 - the mouth of the lions were stopped through faith
    • Faith is not theoretical but active
  • Without faith it is impossible to please God
  • What faith did Daniel display?
    • Saving faith - no
    • Acting faith - that God will act in the situation
      • To strengthen us
      • To deliver us from the situation
      • To deliver us through the situation
  • Think of the thoughts satan would have spoken to Daniel
    • Think of the testing of the disciples in the storm - they had no acting faith, so Jesus rebuked them ("ye, of little faith")
    • David had acting faith to face down Goliath
    • Do we step out in acting faith?
    • Jonathan, Gideon, the people of Israel at the walls of Jericho had acting faith
    • Daniel prayed 3 times a day and he had acting faith
  • Oh that we would pray in the trials and trust God
    • We might need to ask God to help our unbelief
    • Noah - built the ark in acting faith
  • No injury on Daniel because of acting faith

God's Messages

  • God is the living God
    • Darius came to see this - cf v20 and v16, v25-27
      • You cannot force people to have faith
      • A great confession of faith
      • Psalm 102:15
  • Evil men will not prosper
    • It may seem that at times they will - but a day of judgment is coming
    • Often there is temporal judgment in this life
    • v24 - not a command of the living God but of a despotic King
      • Often a response by kings at this time
    • Psalm 57:4-6
    • People reap what the sow
    • God will have His way upon this earth
  • A hidden message
    • A picture of redemption
    • A picture of Jesus Christ - explanation
    • Does not all the Bible speak of Jesus - did He not say 'these things speak about Me'

Closing Remarks


About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Daniel 6:18-28

18Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. 19Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 23Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. 24And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. 25Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 26I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 27He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions. 28So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian. (KJV)

Psalm 57:1-11

1Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. 2I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3He shall send from heaven, and save from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 4My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. 5Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. 6They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. 7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth. (KJV)


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