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With New Testament Eyes: 80 - Thy God Will Deliver Thee

By Henry Mahan

      Daniel 6:1-24

      Daniel (the prophet of God), who was in captivity, had interpreted the handwriting on the wall for King Belshazzar.

      Because of this, Daniel was clothed with scarlet, a gold chain was put on his neck, and he was made the third ruler in the kingdom (Dan. 5:25-29). That night Belshazzar was slain and Darius became the king.

      vv. 1-3. Darius set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty princes; and over these princes he established three presidents, of whom Daniel was the Chief President. The king respected and admired Daniel 'because an excellent spirit was in him' and he planned to set him over the whole realm.

      vv. 4-9. The other presidents and princes were jealous and envious of Daniel and desired to find a reason whereby Daniel could be discredited before the king. But they could find no fault with this faithful man. They finally decided that the only area in which Daniel could be charged would be concerning his love for, and faith in, the true and living God. Though Daniel was in a pagan society and surrounded by idolatrous people, he worshipped, prayed three times daily, and gave thanks before God (v. 10).

      Pretending to honor King Darius, these wicked men drew up a decree (they called it a royal statute) that for thirty days if any person in the kingdom should pray or ask a petition from any god or man, save of King Darius, he would be cast into the den of lions. They knew that in this way they could trap Daniel, for he would never go even a day without prayer. The king was fooled and flattered by these men and signed the degree 'that it could not be changed,' according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not (v. 8).

      vv. 10-17. Daniel prayed and gave thanks to God, as he did everyday. Then these men reported Daniel to the king and reminded the king of his decree. Darius was displeased with himself; and, because he admired Daniel he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him (v. 14). There was nothing that Darius could do; the law was established; Daniel had violated the law and the sentence must be carried out. The king commanded Daniel to be cast into the den of lions and said unto him, 'Thy God, whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.'

      vv. 18-24. The Lord did indeed deliver Daniel from the lions. Daniel told Darius, 'My God hath sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me.' Then the king brought those men who had accused Daniel and put them in the den of lions.

      This is an Old Testament picture of our deliverance from the judgment and curse of the law of God, which we have broken.

      Consider these things!

      1. The law of God cannot be changed; it altereth not Unlike Darius' law, which was a foolish one, God's law is holy and just and good (Rom. 7:12). It is a revelation of the holiness and righteousness of our God.

      God's law is spiritual and requires not only outward obedience but inward perfection (Rom. 7:14; Matt. 5:21-28).

      There are no loopholes and no compromise. 'Cursed is everyone that continues not in all things written in the book of the law to do them!' (Gal. 3:10).

      2. We have broken God's law

      The law of King Darius, which Daniel violated, was a wicked law and should have been disregarded by a true believer; but the laws of our God should be kept; but we have not, do not, and cannot in this flesh obey them perfectly. Sin is the transgression of God's law; and we are all transgressors, sinners, and workers of iniquity (Rom. 3:10-19; Psalm 14:1-3). And, like Darius, we may labor all our lives (till the going down of life's sun) to establish a righteousness, to appease a holy God, or to escape the just condemnation for our sins; but it cannot be done! God will and must carry out sentence and judgment against our sins (Ezek. 18:20).

      3. Thy God, he will deliver thee

      Darius could not find a way to deliver Daniel from his law. But our Father purposed a way to honor his law, to satisfy his justice (without compromising his holiness), and a way whereby he could be just and the justifier of sinners (Rom. 3:19-26). The Lord Jesus Christ (the God-man) (1 Tim. 3:16) 'came into this world, made of a woman, made under the law to redeem them who had broken the law.' By his perfect obedience he imputed to us his righteousness. By his death (1 Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:4-6) he took our sins and 'paid it all, all the debt we owe. Sin has left a crimson stain, but he washed it white as snow.' Our God delivered us literally by going into 'the den of lions' for us. He did not come to destroy his law but to fulfill it, not to find a way around justice but to meet it (bearing our sins) and satisfy it in full!

      Who can be in the form of God and take the form of a servant?

      Who can come to the earth in flesh and never leave the bosom of the Father?

      Who can be holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners yet be numbered with them?

      Who can be tempted in all points of the law yet be without sin?

      Who can die, be buried, and walk out of the tomb victoriously under his own power?

      Who can ascend to heaven and be commanded to sit at the right hand of majesty and yet be the man?

      Who? The God-man! Our Lord Jesus Christ!

      This is the gospel of substitution and satisfaction. Christ, our substitute made full satisfaction to the law and the justice of God on our behalf.

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See Also:
   Foreward & Acknowledgements
   1 - The Fall
   2 - Abel's Offering
   3 - The Ark Of Noah
   4 - Sarah and Hagar; Law and Grace
   5 - The Lord Will Provide
   6 - A Bride for the Heir
   7 - Bethel - The House of God
   8 - Peniel - The Face of God
   9 - Joseph Opens the Storehouses
   10 - Joseph and His Brothers
   11 - Shiloh
   12 - The Passover
   13 - The Manna
   14 - Water from the rock
   15 - The Blood Before the Lord
   16 - The Ram of Consecration
   17 - The Day of Atonement
   18 - Caleb - The Faithful Dog
   19 - The High Priest Intercedes
   20 - The Brazen Serpent
   21 - A Prophet Like Moses
   22 - The Cities of Refuge
   23 - Joshua
   24 - The Scarlet Line in the Window
   25 - The birth of Samson
   26 - The Kinsman Redeemer
   27 - The Song of Hannah
   28 - Give us a King
   29 - Saul's Great Sin
   30 - David and Mephibosheth
   31 - Why God Permitted David to Fall
   32 - Comfort from God's Covenant
   33 - I Will Not Offer to God that which Cost me Nothing
   34 - The Queen of Sheba Comes to Solomon
   35 - Three Examples of Faith
   36 - Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
   37 - Empty Vessels Filled
   38 - Naaman, the Leper
   39 - Open his Eyes that He may See
   40 - Four Lepers Teach us a Lesson
   41 - Nehushtan--A Piece of Brass
   42 - Bringing Back the Ark
   43 - Uzziah's Great Transgression
   44 - Four Things Learned in Trouble
   45 - How Can Man be Just With God?
   46 - Three Vital Questions
   47 - I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
   48 - Now Mine Eye Seeth Thee
   49 - The Psalm of Messiah the King
   50 - God's two great books
   51 - The Psalm of the Cross
   52 - The Lord is my Shepherd
   53 - True God - True Israel - True Redeemer
   54 - Eight Great Precepts
   55 - My Hope is in Thee
   56 - Many, O Lord, Are Thy Wonderful Works
   57 - A Song of Love
   58 - The Sinner's Prayer
   59 - My Rock and my Salvation
   60 - Our Lord's Sufferings for Our Sins
   61 - Mercy and Truth are Met Together
   62 - The Victory of the Messiah
   63 - Bless the Lord, O my Soul
   64 - Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
   65 - The King-Priest
   66 - The Chief Cornerstone
   67 - The Observer and the Observed
   68 - Praise the Lord O my Soul
   69 - Wisdom in Christ
   70 - The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
   71 - Remember Now Thy Creator
   72 - My Beloved is Mine and I am His
   73 - What is Thy Beloved more than Another Beloved?
   74 - The Lord Our Righteousness
   75 - The Believers Hope
   76 - From Nothing to Everything
   77 - Lost, Driven Away, Broken, Sick
   78 - Can These Bones Live?
   79 - Four Things God Taught Nebuchadnezzar
   80 - Thy God Will Deliver Thee
   81 - Hosea--Type of Christ
   82 - A Famine to be Feared
   83 - Salvation is of the Lord
   84 - A Fountain Opened for Mourners
   85 - The Messenger of the Covenant


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