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Notes on the Book of Daniel: Chapter 6

Posted by lehunt on October 17, 2015

Chapter 6:

Daniel in the Lions' Den //

v. 1: I think that these events took place at the capital of the Medo-Persians (not at Babylon) since the satraps and administrators appear to have easy physical access to the king.

v. 8: Contrast this decree, which he issues because of his pride, with the one he humbly issues at the end (v. 26).

v. 10: Daniel the exile is facing toward his home, Jerusalem, in spite of the fact that Solomon’s temple has been destroyed.  Note Solomon’s words in I Kings 8:30.

v. 16: Darius says, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.”  I believe he says this both to honor Daniel and to let him know that this action goes against the king’s heart.

v. 26: Darius’s understanding of the kingdom of God is essentially the same as Nebuchadnezzar’s.[1] It is impressive to me that Nebuchadnezzar (who carried the Jews into captivity) and Darius (who ruled the Jews as an absolute monarch) should have spoken about the kingdom of the God of the Jews in this way.  They must have recognized his kingdom as something very different from that of Judah, which they dominated.  Perhaps Daniel told Darius of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (2:44).

[1] See 4:3.


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