This sermon is part of the sermon series Standing Your Ground.See series.
Sunday school pictures of a ruddy faced lad in a lions' den have scant resemblance to the actual situation described in this sixth and last chapter of Daniel's life story. Daniel was more than 90 years old when these events unfolded. You might think he had earned a little rest and relaxation for those "retirement" years, but God still was using the faithful prophet. Age apparently is no barrier to spiritual usefulness. In Daniel's case, glorious gospel truths that have been building through the chapters describing his life in Babylon reach their climax.
As we come to the end of what is Act One in the Book of Daniel (chapters 1-6 describing Daniel's life), it's helpful to review the key images or events that play a pivotal role in piecing together the gospel message of Daniel.
In chapter one, Daniel and his friends were kept healthy on a dangerous diet of vegetable soup, as God communicated to his people, "I remember you." In chapter two, Nebuchadnezzar's multi-layered statue was displaced by a heavenly Rock, as God assures his people, "I will rescue you." In chapter three, one "like a son of the gods" appears with Daniel's friends in a fiery furnace to demonstrate God's Immanuel principle: "I am right here with you." In chapter four, Nebuchadnezzar's restoration from animal-like insanity communicates God's vital message to his own idolatrous people: "I restore the humble." In an important but gracious contrast, chapter five reveals the writing on the wall that humbles an arrogant King Belshazzar and discloses God's loving warning of judgment to all people in all times: "I remove the proud."
Now as we come to this concluding chapter of the biographical portions of the Book of Daniel, the final brick in the foundation of Daniel's ...
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