Shutting the Mouth of the Roaring Lion [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — August 31, 2016
Are you ready for some good news?
The famous story of Daniel and the lions’ den paints a powerful picture of Christ, the righteous one, who saves us from the “lion who seeks to devour.”
Today’s Text: “Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” (Daniel 6:21–23, ESV)
King Darius was tricked into a painful predicament. He didn’t want Daniel to be eaten by lions but he had made a law that condemned anyone who prayed to a god or man other than Darius. The king’s jealous satraps who had duped Darius into making the unrighteous law quickly caught Daniel in the act of praying to the Lord and informed Darius of the crime.
Darius was gripped with an agonizing choice: either break his own law or execute a good man. If Darius refused to keep the law of the Medes and the Persians, Darius would be unjust and dishonest. If he punished Daniel, he would be unjustly condemning a very good man.
There had to be a third way. There had to be a way that did not violate the law but did not kill the man that Darius loved.
The third way required a miracle that shocked everyone. A supernatural figure, some sort of angelic being, came into the lions’ den and “shut the lions’ mouths.” Daniel, though convicted was “found blameless.”
The glory of God’s redemption plan is awesome. All humanity is guilty of sin against God from the time of Adam till this very day. God had decreed from the beginning, “do not eat of the tree lest you surely die.” The wages of sin is death. If God did not keep His own law, He would be unjust and dishonest. But, if He destroyed the creatures that He made in His own image He would be heartbroken and His promise to bless humanity would fall empty to the ground. There had to be a third way.
Christ came to intervene for us. He alone could shut the mouth of the Accuser, the roaring lion. Christ took the penalty as a human being for all humanity. The evil lion roared and mocked. God’s Word was upheld. Sin was punished. All who trust in Christ are forgiven and set free. Like Daniel, we are “found blameless” because of the miraculous plan of God.
God has never wanted you to die – He came to give you abundant life. He knew that you’d broken the law, but He’d rather die in your place than lose you. Thus, the roaring lion has no accusation to make against you. You’ve been declared righteous. And that’s the Gospel!