A Decree For the Dead, Not the Living

Most of the readers are familiar with the story of Daniel and how he was thrown into a den of lions because he defied the kings decree and would not refrain from praying to his God three times a day as he had done aforetime.

When Daniel was found praying he was cast into the den of lions and a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den. But during the course of the night the Lord sent His angel and the angel shut the mouths of the lion that they hurt Daniel not.

When the king came to the den of lion early the next morning and found Daniel alive and unhurt, the king was exceeding glad and set forth the following decree…..

“Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he [is] the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion [shall be even] unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:25-27

I was listening to Woodrow Kroll’s daily teaching in a series of messages out of the book of Daniel (Back to the Bible) on the way back to work from lunch today and he had brought out the fact that Darius’ decree including the following command…

‘that every man in his kingdom tremble and fear God’

…but did not require every man in his kingdom to believe or trust in this same God.

When considered, this is a very thought provoking statement. A king can not decree a man’s faith. It is of his own free will. Whether a man will trust the God of the bible can only be brought to conviction by the Spirit of Truth. I can not be legislated by man or his law.

It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them. Psalm 118:8-10

The true importance of this assurance will not be consummated until we stand before the Lord.

In the first epistle of Peter the Spirit of God uses the analogy to describe Satan as a roaring lion. [1 Peter 5:8] When an individual puts their trust in the finished work of Christ then is his/her security is steadfast in Him and Him alone.

My friend if you have never trusted in Christ then Darius’ decree is for you…

‘tremble and fear Daniel’s God’

If one is to  ever have hope of escaping this roaring lion mentioned in Peter’s epistle, you must set your sin upon the Savior’s finished work. You must be born again. It can not be decreed only believed.

malachi

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