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10 - Tempted While Everyone Is Watching
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TEMPTED WHILE EVERYONE IS WATCHING - DANIEL 6:19-22
 
     We come to the final chapter of the historical narrations and it would be good to review the pattern of the chapters.  They consist as three pairs; 2 & 7; 4 & 5; 3 & 6.  Chapters 3 & 6 show God's omni-presence and to save and deliver those faithful to Him.  Chapters 4 & 5 show how God can humble the pride of rebel rulers.  There is a progression in these chapters.  Chapter 3, Nebuchadnezzar demands homage for his image, in chapter 4 he advances in self-glorification, in chapter 5 there is open opposition in defiant blasphemy.  There is a progression in testing of believers.  The three Hebrews refused worship of the image, but Daniel refuses to omit worship of the true God.  The prophetic chapters 2 & 7 show the same issues on a worldwide scale.  Chapter 1 is a prologue to these chapters.

I.  The reputation of Daniel - Daniel 6:1-4
    A.  Darius sought to promote Daniel - vs. 3
    B.  He was trustworthy and neither corrupt or negligent - vs. 4
    C.  His character is a type of Christ and of God's last day people
    D.  Our characters are established by the consistent trend of life

II.  Jealousy breeds persecution - vss. 4 & 5
    A.  Could not find fault in government affairs, so sought it with the law of his God - vs. 5
    B.  By conspiracy civil government enforces law that conflicts with conscience - vss. 6-9
    C.  Daniel is condemned for his allegiance and worship - vss. 10, 11
    D.  Revelation 13 portrays the same issues

III.  God's great protection and deliverance - vss. 17-23
    A.  Daniel is placed in the lions den with a stone and seal on his grave - vs. 17
    B.  The lion's mouths are shut - vs. 22 (Psalms 30:5)
    C.  Judgment on those conspired - vs. 24
    D.  Daniel prospered - vs. 28


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