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Just Thirty Days

One of the great truths established by the Major OT Prophets—Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel—is this: The ability of God’s enemies to remove the Jews from their land could not keep God out of the enemies’ land. Daniel is an example. This godly man, removed from Judah and held captive in Babylon, never missed a lick in his worship of God. He’s the perfect illustration of the old adage: “Grow where you’re planted!” Little did the heathen realize that when they brought Daniel to Babylon, they brought Daniel’s God with him. God gave his man the ability to interpret two dreams for Nebuchadnezzar and to translate some supernatural handwriting for son Belshazzar. 

After “Darius the Median took the kingdom” (5:31), he set up his government consisting of three presidents and one hundred twenty princes to protect his interests (6:1-2). Daniel was the “first” president over the other two presidents and princes. You can imagine how these other two presidents and princes resented this one man from Jewry running the show and having such favor with Darius. It kind of reminds me of outsider Trump invading the Establishment ranks. The Russia collusion hoax was manufactured to discredit the man, to cripple his presidency. 

These Medes did the same to Daniel. But there was no need to manufacture a hoax. Daniel lived an exemplary life, one loyal to Darius and so faithful to his God. These men concluded: “We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God” (6:5). 

So they appealed to Darius’ ego by proposing an ‘Ad Hoc’ law, JUST THIRTY DAYS in length, that required the death penalty (a “den of lions”—6:7) for anyone offering worship to, or making a petition of, any God except him during that time period (6:7). Darius signed the decree, and made it the law of the land (no hoax) for the next THIRTY DAYS. It’s interesting to me these men knew THIRTY DAYS was MORE THAN ENOUGH time to catch faithful Daniel in a violation. 

Now one might think if Daniel knew what these men had done, he’d just ‘lay low’ for the next THIRTY DAYS until the decree expired, then pick back up where he left off and ‘outsmart’ his opponents. It turns out Daniel DID know what had happened (6:10). His reaction: “He went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.” 

We don’t know how many days transpired before these men ratted out Daniel to Darius. But we DO know it only took a SINGLE DAY for them to gather the evidence they needed to convict.

This raises a valid question for each of us who name the name of Christ: “How long would it take the world to gather sufficient evidence to convict one of us of being a Christ follower?” Would THIRTY DAYS be more than enough? Or would a SINGLE DAY be sufficient to convict?


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