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Trusting God in the Lion’s Den

Daniel 6:1-28
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When we learn about Daniel’s lifelong integrity, we may aspire to become more like him. But is that the reason Scripture records his story? Join us on Truth For Life as Alistair Begg shifts the spotlight off Daniel and points it to God, where it belongs.

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July 10, 2015

Trusting God in the Lion’s Den

Daniel 6:1-28

Series: Faith Under Fire

Id: 3112, Has Transcript
Are You Laughing?

Are You Laughing?

And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.”

Genesis 21:6

It was far above the power of nature, and even contrary to its laws, that the aged Sarah should be honored with a son; and even so it is beyond all ordinary rules that I, a poor, helpless, undone sinner, should find grace to carry in my soul the indwelling Spirit of the Lord Jesus. I, who once despaired, as well I might, for my nature was as dry and withered and barren and accursed as a howling wilderness, even I have been made to bring forth fruit unto holiness. Well may my mouth be filled with joyous laughter, because of the singular, surprising grace that I have received from the Lord, for I have found Jesus, the promised seed, and He is mine forever. Today I will sing psalms of triumph to the Lord who has remembered my low estate, for “my heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.”1

My desire is that all those who hear of my great deliverance from hell and my most blessed visitation from heaven will laugh for joy with me. I want to surprise my family with my abundant peace; I want to delight my friends with my ever-increasing happiness; I want to edify the church with my grateful confessions, and even impress the world with the cheerfulness of my daily conversation.

Bunyan tells us that Mercy laughed in her sleep, and no wonder when she dreamed of Jesus; my joy should not be less than hers while Christ is the theme of my daily thoughts. The Lord Jesus is a deep sea of joy: My soul shall dive in and shall be swallowed up in the delights of His company. Sarah looked on Isaac and laughed without restraint, and all her friends laughed with her. And you, my soul, look on Jesus, and invite heaven and earth to unite in your unspeakable joy.

1) 1 Samuel 2:1

Devotional material is taken from Morning and Evening, written by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org. Used by Truth For Life with written permission.

Laws Concerning Warfare

1“When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. 2And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people 3and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, 4for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ 5Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying, ‘Is there any man who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go back to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it. 6And is there any man who has planted a vineyard and has not enjoyed its fruit? Let him go back to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man enjoy its fruit. 7And is there any man who has betrothed a wife and has not taken her? Let him go back to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man take her.’ 8And the officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘Is there any man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go back to his house, lest he make the heart of his fellows melt like his own.’ 9And when the officers have finished speaking to the people, then commanders shall be appointed at the head of the people.

10“When you draw near to a city to fight against it, offer terms of peace to it. 11And if it responds to you peaceably and it opens to you, then all the people who are found in it shall do forced labor for you and shall serve you. 12But if it makes no peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. 13And when the Lord your God gives it into your hand, you shall put all its males to the sword, 14but the women and the little ones, the livestock, and everything else in the city, all its spoil, you shall take as plunder for yourselves. And you shall enjoy the spoil of your enemies, which the Lord your God has given you. 15Thus you shall do to all the cities that are very far from you, which are not cities of the nations here. 16But in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes, 17but you shall devote them to complete destruction,1 the Hittites and the Amorites, the Canaanites and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, as the Lord your God has commanded, 18that they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the Lord your God.

19“When you besiege a city for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them. You may eat from them, but you shall not cut them down. Are the trees in the field human, that they should be besieged by you? 20Only the trees that you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down, that you may build siegeworks against the city that makes war with you, until it falls.

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Footnotes
1 20:17 That is, set apart (devote) as an offering to the Lord (for destruction)

Book Five

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

1Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,

for his steadfast love endures forever!

2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,

whom he has redeemed from trouble1

3and gathered in from the lands,

from the east and from the west,

from the north and from the south.

4Some wandered in desert wastes,

finding no way to a city to dwell in;

5hungry and thirsty,

their soul fainted within them.

6Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

7He led them by a straight way

till they reached a city to dwell in.

8Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wondrous works to the children of man!

9For he satisfies the longing soul,

and the hungry soul he fills with good things.

10Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,

prisoners in affliction and in irons,

11for they had rebelled against the words of God,

and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

12So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;

they fell down, with none to help.

13Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

14He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,

and burst their bonds apart.

15Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wondrous works to the children of man!

16For he shatters the doors of bronze

and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17Some were fools through their sinful ways,

and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;

18they loathed any kind of food,

and they drew near to the gates of death.

19Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

20He sent out his word and healed them,

and delivered them from their destruction.

21Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wondrous works to the children of man!

22And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,

and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

23Some went down to the sea in ships,

doing business on the great waters;

24they saw the deeds of the Lord,

his wondrous works in the deep.

25For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,

which lifted up the waves of the sea.

26They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;

their courage melted away in their evil plight;

27they reeled and staggered like drunken men

and were at their wits' end.2

28Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he delivered them from their distress.

29He made the storm be still,

and the waves of the sea were hushed.

30Then they were glad that the waters3 were quiet,

and he brought them to their desired haven.

31Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,

for his wondrous works to the children of man!

32Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,

and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33He turns rivers into a desert,

springs of water into thirsty ground,

34a fruitful land into a salty waste,

because of the evil of its inhabitants.

35He turns a desert into pools of water,

a parched land into springs of water.

36And there he lets the hungry dwell,

and they establish a city to live in;

37they sow fields and plant vineyards

and get a fruitful yield.

38By his blessing they multiply greatly,

and he does not let their livestock diminish.

39When they are diminished and brought low

through oppression, evil, and sorrow,

40he pours contempt on princes

and makes them wander in trackless wastes;

41but he raises up the needy out of affliction

and makes their families like flocks.

42The upright see it and are glad,

and all wickedness shuts its mouth.

43Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;

let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

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Footnotes
1 107:2 Or from the hand of the foe
2 107:27 Hebrew and all their wisdom was swallowed up
3 107:30 Hebrew they

The Humiliation of Babylon

1Come down and sit in the dust,

O virgin daughter of Babylon;

sit on the ground without a throne,

O daughter of the Chaldeans!

For you shall no more be called

tender and delicate.

2Take the millstones and grind flour,

put off your veil,

strip off your robe, uncover your legs,

pass through the rivers.

3Your nakedness shall be uncovered,

and your disgrace shall be seen.

I will take vengeance,

and I will spare no one.

4Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—

is the Holy One of Israel.

5Sit in silence, and go into darkness,

O daughter of the Chaldeans;

for you shall no more be called

the mistress of kingdoms.

6I was angry with my people;

I profaned my heritage;

I gave them into your hand;

you showed them no mercy;

on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.

7You said, “I shall be mistress forever,”

so that you did not lay these things to heart

or remember their end.

8Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,

who sit securely,

who say in your heart,

“I am, and there is no one besides me;

I shall not sit as a widow

or know the loss of children”:

9These two things shall come to you

in a moment, in one day;

the loss of children and widowhood

shall come upon you in full measure,

in spite of your many sorceries

and the great power of your enchantments.

10You felt secure in your wickedness,

you said, “No one sees me”;

your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray,

and you said in your heart,

“I am, and there is no one besides me.”

11But evil shall come upon you,

which you will not know how to charm away;

disaster shall fall upon you,

for which you will not be able to atone;

and ruin shall come upon you suddenly,

of which you know nothing.

12Stand fast in your enchantments

and your many sorceries,

with which you have labored from your youth;

perhaps you may be able to succeed;

perhaps you may inspire terror.

13You are wearied with your many counsels;

let them stand forth and save you,

those who divide the heavens,

who gaze at the stars,

who at the new moons make known

what shall come upon you.

14Behold, they are like stubble;

the fire consumes them;

they cannot deliver themselves

from the power of the flame.

No coal for warming oneself is this,

no fire to sit before!

15Such to you are those with whom you have labored,

who have done business with you from your youth;

they wander about, each in his own direction;

there is no one to save you.

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The Great Prostitute and the Beast

1Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” 3And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. 4The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality. 5And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations.” 6And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.1

When I saw her, I marveled greatly. 7But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 8The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to rise from the bottomless pit2 and go to destruction. And the dwellers on earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel to see the beast, because it was and is not and is to come. 9This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; 10they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while. 11As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. 12And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast. 13These are of one mind, and they hand over their power and authority to the beast. 14They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

15And the angel3 said to me, “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. 16And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the prostitute. They will make her desolate and naked, and devour her flesh and burn her up with fire, 17for God has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by being of one mind and handing over their royal power to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18And the woman that you saw is the great city that has dominion over the kings of the earth.”

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Footnotes
1 17:6 Greek the witnesses to Jesus
2 17:8 Greek the abyss
3 17:15 Greek he
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

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