SCRIPTURE: Daniel 6
TIME STAMP: After King Darius the Mede took the throne of Babylon from the Babylonians (Daniel 5:31).
JESUS IS THE PLAN: Daniel did what was right even though he knew he might die. He obeyed God to the point of death. Jesus also obeyed His Father even to death on a cross (Philippians 2:8).
OBJECTIVES: We should always obey God and our parents so we will not be tricked into doing bad things.
Nebuchadnezzar had died; many kings had come and gone. A man named Darius now ruled in Babylon.
Daniel was one of 120 men chosen to help King Darius rule the kingdom.
Some of the rulers were jealous of Daniel.
The other rulers came up with a plan to trick the king into becoming angry with Daniel.
The rulers wanted the king to make a law that anyone praying or worshipping any other god but the king would be thrown into the lions’ den. The king agreed.
Daniel continued to pray to the true God three times a day.
The rulers told the king that Daniel had broken his law, and his law could not be changed.
Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den and a large stone was placed over the opening.
The king went home, but could not eat or sleep because he liked Daniel.
The next morning, the king ran to the lions’ den and called to Daniel.
Daniel answered, “My God sent his angel to shut the mouths of the lions and they have not hurt me. I have done nothing wrong against you.” The king was very happy.
The men who had tricked the king were thrown into the lions’ den and died.
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 5:29 “…We must obey God, not men…”
VOCABULARY WORDS: Den
LESSON: Have you ever gone to a zoo? What animals did you see? Did you see a lion? What did you notice about the lion? Was it his big, thick neck? What about his sharp teeth? Did he have a ferocious roar? Well, in this lesson, we’re going to study about some jealous men who caused a man to be thrown into a lions’ den. Listen carefully to see what happened.
After the children of Israel had been taken from their homeland to live in Babylon, they served several different kings. One of those kings was named Darius. This king chose 120 men to help him rule the kingdom, and then chose three men as supervisors over the 120 men. One of these three men was a faithful believer in God from Israel named Daniel. Daniel was wise and honest and served the king faithfully. The king liked Daniel and planned to place him above all the other rulers. Some of the other rulers were jealous and angry of Daniel’s power. They tried to find a way to make Daniel look bad in the king’s eyes. But, they could not find anything that would make the king angry with Daniel.
The other rulers came up with a plan to trick the king into being angry with Daniel. They came to the king and asked him to make a new law. The other rulers knew that Daniel believed in the true God and prayed to Him every day. So, they wanted the new law to say that if anyone in the kingdom prayed to or worshiped any god but the king in the next thirty days, he would be thrown into the lions’ den. The king agreed and made the new law and had it written.
When Daniel learned about the new law, he went home, opened his upstairs windows towards his old home of Jerusalem, and got down on his knees and prayed to the true God three times each day, just as he always had done. The jealous rulers who had tricked the king into making the new law knew Daniel would not stop praying to God. These men soon saw Daniel praying and went as a group to tell the king that Daniel had broken the new law. The king was very upset because he liked Daniel, and he tried very hard to save Daniel from being thrown to the lions. But the laws of the king could not be changed.
King Darius had Daniel brought to the lions’ den and he said to Daniel, “May the God you serve save you.” Then Daniel was thrown in the den and a large stone was placed over the opening. The king went home to his palace, but he could not eat or sleep because he was worried about Daniel. When morning came, the king ran to the lions’ den and called out, “Daniel, was your God, whom you serve, able to save you from the lions?” Daniel answered the king, “My God sent his angel to shut the mouths of the lions and they have not hurt me because my God knows I have done nothing wrong against you.”
The king was very happy to hear that Daniel was alive and not hurt. He brought Daniel out of the lions’ den and not a single scratch was found on Daniel! God had closed the mouths of the lions. Daniel trusted in God, and God had protected him. But the men who had tricked the king were thrown into the lions’ den and died. Then, King Darius wrote a new law that all the people of the land must fear and respect the God of Daniel.
Why did Daniel do well as a ruler for the king?
Why were some of the people in the palace jealous of David?
Why did Daniel keep praying to God even when he knew he would be thrown into the lions’ den?
Why wasn’t Daniel hurt in the lions’ den?
What happened to the other rulers that tricked the king?
Discuss: What do we do if someone wants us to do something that would make God
unhappy? Should we always obey God?
RESOURCES AND ACTIVITIES: Book # 1 - Big Puzzles for Little Hands (ages 3-8) - A Den Full of Lions (p. 49)
Book # 11 - Bible Crafts on a Shoestring Budget (grades 1 & 2) - With the Lions (p. 10)
Book # 15 - Favorite Bible Stories (lion mask for ages 3-5) - Daniel in the Lions’ Den (p. 45)
Book # 16 – Short Daniel Story (p. 8)
Book # 18 - Finger Play Activities (ages 2-5) - Daniel (p. 61)
Book # 27 - Three Minute Bible Stories… (ages 5-8) - Daniel
Book # 35 - Little Tot Dot-to-Dot - Daniel (p 28)
Book # 38 - OT Coloring and Activity Book (Intermediate) - Daniel and the Lions (pp. 44-45)
Book # 53 – Bible Activities in a Snap – Daniel in the Lion’s Den (p. 49)
Book # 54 – Big Puzzles for Little Hands – Daniel & the Lion’s Den (p. 62)
Book # 55 – Cut & Tell Bible Stories – Daniel & the King (p. 33)
Book # 56 – Christian Crafts (pp. 27-28)
Book # 57 – Cut, Color, and Paste - Lions’ Den (pp. 58-59)
Book # 58 – Big Book of Bible Crafts - Lion Magnet (p. 40)
Rainbow Lessons, by Jane Britnell - Daniel in the Lions’ Den (Lesson #51)
NEXT ASSIGNMENT: Lesson # 57: “Esther Becomes Queen”
Memory Verse: Romans 8:28 “All things work together for good to those who love God…”
Review: Books of the Bible (divisions & categories); Psalm23; Time-line of this lesson