This is the 6th part in a 6 part series on the book of Daniel. Chapter 6 covers: Daniel Serves Darius and Daniel in the Lions’ Den.
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Daniel Serves Darius: Daniel 6:1-15
King Darius, Commissioner1 & 2, Daniel, Narrator, Satrap 1, Sign Holder
Paper Petition, “Sunset Comes” sign
(Enter King Darius)
King Darius: It seems good to me to appoint 120 satraps over my kingdom, that they would be in charge of the whole kingdom, and over them three commissioners, that these satraps might be accountable to them, and that I might not suffer loss. One of the commissioners will be Daniel.
Narrator: Then Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit.
King Darius: I plan to appoint Daniel over the entire kingdom.
(Exit King Darius) (Enter Commissioners & Satraps)
Commissioner 1: We need to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs.
Commissioner 2: But we can find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him.
Satrap: We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.
(Enter King Darius)
Commissioner 1 (holding the petition): King Darius, live forever! All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions’ den.
Commissioner 2: Now, O king, establish the injunction and sign the document so that it may not be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.
King Darius: That sounds good. I will sign the document, that is, the injunction.
(Exit King Darius) (Enter Daniel)
Narrator: Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.
Commissioner 1: Let’s go see if Daniel is praying to his God.
Commissioner 2: Then we can catch him breaking the law that we had the king sign.
(Commissioners and Satrap go sneak to spy on Daniel)
Satrap: I knew he couldn’t stop praying to his God. Now we’ve caught him.
(Enter King Darius)
Commissioner 1 (to king): Did you not sign an injunction that any man who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, is to be cast into the lions’ den?
King Darius: The statement is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which may not be revoked.
Commissioner 2: Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, O king, or to the injunction which you signed, but keeps making his petition three times a day.
King Darius: What! This is deeply distressing! I must deliver Daniel. Even until sunset I will exert myself to rescue him.
(Sign Holder walks across the stage with “Sunset Comes” sign)
Commissioner 1: Recognize, O king, that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no injunction or statute which the king establishes may be changed.
Daniel in the Lions’ Den: Daniel 6:16-28
King Darius, Servants, Daniel, Narrator
(Enter King Darius & Servant)
King Darius (disheartened): Bring Daniel to me.
(Servant goes and comes back with Daniel)
King Darius (to Daniel): Your God whom you constantly serve will Himself deliver you.
King Darius (to servant): Cast him into the lions’ den. Put a stone and lay it over the mouth of the den. I will seal it with my own signet ring so that nothing would be changed in regard to Daniel.
Narrator: Then the king went off to his palace and spent the night fasting, and no entertainment was brought before him; and his sleep fled from him. Then the king arose at dawn, at the break of day, and went in haste to the lions’ den.
King Darius: Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you constantly serve, been able to deliver you from the lions?
Daniel: O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths and they have not harmed me, inasmuch as I was found innocent before Him; and also toward you, O king, I have committed no crime.
King Darius (to servants): Take Daniel up out of the den!
Narrator: So Daniel was taken up out of the den and no injury whatever was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
King Darius (to servants): Bring those men who had maliciously accused Daniel, and cast them, their children, and their wives into the lions’ den.
Narrator: When they were thrown into the den, they had not reached the bottom before the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
King Darius: I will write to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language who are living in the land. It will say, “May your peace abound! I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel;
For He is the living God and enduring forever,
And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed,
And His dominion will be forever.
He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
Narrator: So Daniel enjoyed success in the reign of Darius and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
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