Daniel 6:4-5


A. We have all thrilled to the account of Daniel in the lion's den.

B. Because of his courage and devotion, we say, "Dare to be a Daniel!" But, deep down, do we doubt that we could be like him?

C. Let us notice some things about Daniel, which could be true of any of us. We will look in particular at verses 4 and 5.



A. In this point, we simply want to recognize that the only "fault" they could find with him, they had to manufacture. And the only convincing accusation they could make was with regard to something which was actually good and positive in his life.

B. Though "blamelessness" is not specifically mentioned in the text, this is the essence of it. In the eyes of the world, no fault worthy of being singled out for blame could be found in his life.

1. 1 Timothy 3:2, 10 - A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach... And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

2. 1 Peter 4:15, 16 - But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. 16 - Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

C. An old, soul-searching question asks: "If you were to be placed on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"
[Daniel's blameless conduct would not have been possible if not for the following fact:]


A. Here is a man who had lived most of his life a captive in an idolatrous land, yet he remained unspotted from those things which might have contaminated him.
1. James 1:27 - Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
B. Consider some of the influences which might have made a strong allure to him to conform to the lifestyle and worship of the Chaldeans:
1. The sheer strength of the conquering nation.

2. The temptations offered by position (1:3-5).

3. The kindnesses shown him by the kings (3:48; 5:29; 6:1-2).

C. It will be helpful to contrast Daniel's strength in overcoming the world with the tendency God's people often have to give in to it.
1. Often a person will give in to the temptation to sin, and make an excuse about the overwhelming nature of his own
circumstances (Ex. 32:21-24; 1 Sam. 13:11-12).
a. Exodus 32:21-24 And Moses said to Aaron, "What did this people do to you that you have brought so great a sin upon them?" 22 - So Aaron said, "Do not let the anger of my lord become hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. 23 - "For they said to me, 'Make us gods that shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.' 24 - "And I said to them, 'Whoever has any gold, let them break it off.' So they gave it to me, and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out."

b. 1 Samuel 13:11,12 - And Samuel said, "What have you done?" And Saul said, "When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, 12 - "then I said, 'The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the LORD.' Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering."

2. Who of us can say we have had it as hard as Daniel? He not only overcame the enmity of his captors, he overcame the allure of their friendship! He not only overcame the temptations associated with being uprooted from his home, he overcame those of being made to feel at home in the land of pagans. The discouragements and temptations were
great, but he overcame.

3. 1 John 5:4 - For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world; our faith.

[However, this would not have been possible if not for the fact that:]


A. The previous points were secondary to this one: this is the foundation. This is what made the others truly worthwhile in Daniel's life.

B. This commitment to God is seen in certain areas of Daniel's life.

1. His knowledge of and obedience to the law, as evidenced in chapter 1 in his refusal of the king's menu.
a. Psalms 1:2 - But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.

b. Deuteronomy 6:1-3 "Now this is the commandment, and these are the statutes and judgments which the LORD your God has commanded to teach you, that you may observe them in the land which you are crossing over to possess, 2 - "that you may fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, you and your son and your grandson, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3- Therefore hear, O Israel, and be careful to observe it, that it may be well with you, and that you may multiply greatly as the LORD God of your fathers has promised you; 'a land flowing with milk and honey.'

2. His devotion to daily prayer, as seen in the present chapter.

3. Seen in his practice of regular prayer despite the king's command is his refusal to bend to anything which would threaten his loyalty to God.

C. The trial of faith shows our commitment or lack thereof. Daniel's commitment to God was not superficial.
1. There are Christians who have a "fair-weather" faith. When among those friendly to the faith, they have shown much "strength." Among those who are worldly or hostile to Christianity, they bend to fit what is popular and avoid trouble.

2. Instead, we should have a firm faith, one which keeps our commitment to God intact, even if we must stand alone.

a. Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, :25 - choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 - esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Conclusion: You can "dare to be a Daniel." These three things which characterized Daniel's life are within the reach and responsibility of every one of God's children. May we resolve to become more like this great man of God.

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