A Bigger Kingdom
We live in a time with few conquering kings, so we lack reference for the magnitude of the time and area that Daniel was in.
Daniel’s home was conquered by Babylon. When we open in the beginning of the book of Daniel, the ruler is King Nebuchadnezzar. In Daniel 5, his son Belshazzar was king, but the writing was on the wall for his demise. In Daniel 6, Daniel is still in the inner circle even after the kingdom was conquered by the Persian/Medes and King Darius, a King in the Achaemenid Empire. Not only has Daniel remained across these changes in rulers (something unparalleled even in our modern businesses and governments where successors tend to bring in their own cabinets and advisors), He has grown in favor and authority.
The scale of this empire is hard to comprehend. During the time of King Darius, it comprised about 8.5 Million sq km. In comparison, the continental United States is 8 Million sq km. Even more impressive is that King Darius ruled over 44.5% of the world’s population, roughly equal to China, India and all of Europe combined. All with no automobiles or planes and communication consisted of sending a messenger running with a scroll of paper.
This king was putting Daniel in charge over all the Satraps (governors) of the entire kingdom. This king fasted the night Daniel spent in the lion’s den. This king cried out in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” This king called all of his people to fear and reverence of God; “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end.” This king saw that the God of Daniel was a bigger King of Kings with a bigger kingdom.
Daniel gave one of the greatest witnesses to God the world has ever experience by going up to his room and praying. God does not need us to demonstrate His authority, but when we are faithful He grants us the honor of being at the center of demonstrating His power. Are you willing to follow the model of Daniel? Will you pray morning, noon and night? Will you trust in God, even when you are falsely accused?
Set up satraps over 120 divisions of the kingdom with 3 administrators (Daniel was one), Daniel distinguished himself and was going to be named over all – jealousy – couldn’t find any wrong in him. Only thing “unless it has something to do with the law of his God” – they got the king to pass a law outlawing Daniel praying to God – Daniel did not stop – convicted
Convicted, Darius prayed and fasted that God would save Daniel, He was saved, those who falsely accused him were killed, decree issued that all people must fear and give reverence to the God of Daniel
Political correctness, temptation to do things like everyone else is doing them even though that is not right or honoring to God. God saves those who honor Him and it results in more honor and glory to God.