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A View from the Altar / Daniel in the lions’ den
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Daniel in the lions’ den

The Old Testament obviously presents Christ in a great number of types and shadows.  He’s represented in Adam, Joseph, the law of Moses, the Hebrew calendar of feast days, Moses himself, Joshua, and so on.  Somewhere near the top of the heap of typology is the story of Daniel in the den of lions.  I’ll try to keep this short enough to be easily readable.

He had an “excellent spirit.”  Dan 6:3, Matt 3:16

He was to be set over the whole realm.  Dan 6:3, Rev 11:15

His enemies hated him without a cause.  Dan 6:4, John 15:25

His enemies could find no occasion against him.  Dan 6:4, Luke 11:53-54

He was faithful.  Dan 6:4, Heb 3:1-2

His judges found no fault in him.  Dan 6:4, Luke 23:4

His enemies tried to entrap him by converting a religious offense into a civil offense.  Dan 6:7, John  19:12

His accusers found him at the place of prayer.  Dan 6:11, Luke 22:44-47

He was condemned by an unalterable decree of the king. Dan 6:12, Luke 18:31-33

The ruler sought to exonerate him.  Dan 6:14, John 19:12

Against his will, the ruler condemned him to die.  Dan 6:16, John 19:16

He was “buried” in the den of lions at sundown.  Dan 6:14, Luke 23:54

He was covered behind a stone.  Dan 6:17, Matt 27:59-60

Daniels Anwer to the King, by Briton Revere

Daniel's Anwer to the King, by Briton Revere

He was sealed into the den.  Dan 6:17, Matt 27:66

He was sought very early in the morning.  Dan 6:19, Luke 24:1

He was found alive at his “tomb.”  Dan 6:22, Mark 16:9

He was “resurrected” by the power of God.  Dan 6:22-23, Eph 1:19-20

His accusers were destroyed.  Dan 6:24, Matt 21:40-41

His fame spread throughout the earth.  Dan 6:25-27, Phil 2:9-11

Daniel is also a type of the believer who is called to live out the life of Christ.  Not every believer gets persecuted like Daniel did, but every believer is called to lead a life such that nobody could find an accusation against you unless they did it concerning the law of our God.  Who is he that would hurt you if you follow that which is good?  (1 Pet 3:13)  Make sure that if the enemy targets you, there’s no gap in your breastplate (1 Kings 22:34) where the arrows of the wicked might fly.

One Comment

  1. Dad

    following “…….religious offense to civil offense.” John 19:12 not linked to scriptual pop up.

    Good stuff.

    Posted on 05-Feb-09 at 15:18 pm | Permalink

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