Daniel: Part 3, Introduction

The Book of Daniel is full of great stories of how God works through people to show His glory and how He protects the people who serve Him. In part 3, we will cover chapters 4, 5 and 6.

Chapter 4 contains a narrative unlike any other in the Bible. The writer was not a prophet or man of God, but Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon! Notice that verse 4 begins, 'I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous.”

I have heard and read many interpretations of this chapter. Some believe that Nebuchadnezzar was simply a pagan king who believed in many gods. However, at the time this chapter was written I believe that Nebuchadnezzar did believe in the one true God. Look at verses 2-3: 'It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation.”

In verse 13 Nebuchadnezzar relates a dream that he had. He asked Daniel to tell him what it meant (v. 18). 'Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him” (v. 19). The king said, ''Do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.'” Daniel told the king what his dream had been and then interpreted it for him. He said the king would be driven away from people and would live with the wild animals for seven years until the king acknowledged that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes. The kingdom would be restored to Nebuchadnezzar when he acknowledged that God rules (vv. 25-27).

One year later, as the king boasted, ''Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?'” (vv. 28-29), the dream was fulfilled. At the end of the seven years, Nebuchadnezzar's sanity was restored and he praised the Most High. Read his declaration in verses 34-35. Also notice verse 37: 'Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” These verses are why I believe Nebuchadnezzar did believe in God.

In chapter 5 we are introduced to King Belshazzar, most likely the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar. He was giving a banquet for a thousand of his nobles. As he and his wives drank from the gold goblets that had been taken from the Temple in Jerusalem, they praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone (v. 4).

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the wall, near the lampstand in the palace. The king was terrified. None of his astrologers or wise men could read the writing or explain what it meant. The queen heard what was going on and told him that Daniel could explain what the writing meant. After Daniel explained the meaning of the words (vv. 26-28), the king had Daniel dressed in purple robes and proclaimed him the third highest ruler in the kingdom. That very night what had been written on the wall came to pass. King Belshazzar was slain and Darius the Mede became king of Babylon (vv. 30-31).

The story of Daniel in the lions' den in chapter 6 is one of the most famous stories in the Bible. Darius, the king of Babylon, appointed 120 men who were called satraps to rule over the kingdom, with three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel (6:1). Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom. The administrators and satraps tried to find fault in Daniel, but were unable to do so. They tricked the king into issuing a decree that anyone who prayed to anyone other than the king for the next thirty days would be thrown into the lions' den (v. 7). Daniel prayed only to God, so he was thrown into the lions' den. God sent an angel to protect Daniel, and the king was overjoyed (vv. 21-23).

At the king's command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were thrown into the lions' den along with their wives and children. King Darius also issued a decree that everyone in the kingdom must 'fear and reverence the God of Daniel” (vv. 25-27).

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.


WORKSHEET

Chapter 4 contains a narrative written by _____ _______________.

'I, _______________, was at home in my palace, contented and prosperous” (4:4).

Nebuchadnezzar asked Daniel to tell him what his _______ meant.

Daniel told the king he would be driven away from _______ and would live with wild ________ for ______ years until he acknowledged that the _____ _____ is sovereign.

One year later, as the king _______, the dream was fulfilled.

At the end of the ______ years, Nebuchadnezzar's sanity was restored and he declared: 'Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and _____ and _______ the King of heaven, because everything he does is ______ and all his ways are ____. And those who walk in _____ he is able to ______” (4:37).

In chapter 5 we are introduced to _____ __________, the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar.

During a banquet, as he and his wives drank from the ____ _______ that had been taken from the Temple in _________, they praised the _____ of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone (5:4).

Suddenly the _______ of a human hand appeared and _______ on the wall of the palace.

None of the king's astrologers or _____ ____ could read the writing or _______ what it meant.

After _______ explained the meaning of the words, the king had him dressed in purple robes and proclaimed him the ______ highest ruler in the kingdom.

That very night ____ ___________ was slain and ______ the Mede became king of Babylon.

Because Daniel prayed only to God, and not to the king, he was thrown into the ______ ____ (6:7).

God sent an ______ to protect Daniel, and the king was __________ (6:21-23).

The men who had falsely accused Daniel were thrown into the _______ ____.

Memory Verse: 'For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling” (Psalm 116:8).


Daniel, Part 3
Go to the Word 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Daniel 6:26                               Daniel 4:18                             Daniel 5:8                   Daniel 6:28

Daniel 4:11                               Daniel 5:5-6                            Daniel 4:31                 Daniel 6:22

 

''This is the _____ that I, Nebuchadnezzar had. Now, ____________,                       Daniel ______

tell me what it means.'”

 

''The tree grew large and _______ and its top touched the sky; it was               Daniel ______

visible to the ends of the earth.'”

 

'The words were still on his ______ when a voice came from heaven.”               Daniel ______

 

'Suddenly the _______ of a human hand appeared and wrote on the                 Daniel ______

plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king

watched the ____ as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so

___________ that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way.”

 

'Then all the king's _____ men came in, but they could not read the                  Daniel ______

writing or tell the king what it meant.”

 

''I issue a decree that in every part of my ________ people must fear                  Daniel ______

and reverence the God of _______.'”

 

'So Daniel prospered during the reign of ______ and the reign of                               Daniel ______

_____ the Persian.”
 

''My God sent his _______, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They                    Daniel ______

have not hurt me, because I was found ________ in his sight. Nor have

I ever done any wrong before you, O king.'”