We’ve seen time and time again that we serve a God who hears us and rescues us when we are faithful to Him. In today’s story, we learned about Daniel, who disobeyed a law while following God’s law, was thrown into a lions’ den as punishment. Daniel was faithful and God sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions – God rescued Daniel! Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him.” – Daniel 2:20
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Daniel was faithful to God, and God rescued him.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Daniel 6. This story can be found on page 146 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
King Darius was the new leader in Babylon. Babylon was a large kingdom, so Darius picked men to be leaders over small parts of Babylon. Darius decided to put Daniel in charge of all of Babylon.
The other leaders were jealous. They watched Daniel and waited for him to do something wrong so they could get him in trouble. But Daniel did what was right.
The leaders knew Daniel obeyed God, so they made a plan to get Daniel in trouble for praying. They said to King Darius, “King, all of your leaders think it would be a good idea to pass a new law: For the next 30 days, no one may pray to any god or man except to you. Anyone who disobeys the law will be thrown into the lions’ den.” King Darius agreed to pass the new law.
Daniel knew the law meant he was not allowed to pray to God. Still, Daniel went into his house and prayed to God three times a day, just like he had always done.
The jealous leaders saw Daniel praying, and they told the king that they had seen Daniel praying to God.
King Darius was upset. He knew that Daniel deserved to be punished for breaking the law, but he didn’t want to punish Daniel. The king thought all day about how he could save Daniel from the lions. “The law can’t be changed,” the men reminded King Darius.
So, King Darius ordered Daniel to be thrown into the lions’ den. “May the God you serve save you,” he said. The king went to his palace for the night. He did not eat and he could not sleep. He thought about Daniel with the lions.
As soon as the sun came up the next morning, the king hurried to the lions’ den. He cried out, “Daniel, has your God rescued you from the lions?”
Daniel shouted back, “God sent His angel to shut the lions’ mouths! I am safe!”
King Darius made a new law. He wrote that everyone must respect God. King Darius wrote, “He is the living God … He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What did King Darius plan to do for Daniel? (give him a more important job)
- Why did the other helpers get the king to make the new law? (they wanted Daniel to get in trouble)
- Did the king want to punish Daniel? (no)
- Did God save Daniel from the lions? (yes, God sent an angel to shut the lions’ mouths)
- What new law did the king make? (everyone must respect God)
- How often did Daniel pray? (three times a day)
- The kingdoms’ officials convinced the king to enforce a new law. What new law did the king enforce? (for 30 days, people couldn’t pray to any god other than the king)
- How did the king feel when he heard that Daniel broke the law? (the king was upset and wished he could change the punishment for breaking the law)
- What did the king do when he punished Daniel? (he tried to rescue Daniel; then he fasted and prayed for Daniel’s protection)
- How did God reward Daniel’s faithfulness? (Daniel was faithful to God, and God rescued him)
- What did God do to protect Daniel? (God sent an angel to close the lions’ mouths)
- What did the king do after he learned that God protected Daniel? (the king ordered that people should worship the one true God)
- How can we obey God? (We trust God to give us strength to obey Him)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God saved Daniel from the lions. God is powerful! God sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from something more dangerous than lions. Jesus rescues us from sin and death.
God showed His power to rescue Daniel from the lions, but Daniel was just a small part of a much bigger story. God ultimately rescued us from a much bigger problem – sin and death – through His Son, Jesus.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray this prayer: God, we praise You for Your wisdom and power. Thank You for helping Your people and for teaching us to trust You. Give us strength to obey You and to follow Jesus every day. Thank You for rescuing us from sin and death through Jesus. Amen.