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Character of Daniel (Daniel 6:1-23)

Thomas E. Graham, 10/24/1982
Part of the Daniel Series (Graham) series, presented at a Sunday Morning service

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Daniel 6:1-23

1It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; 2And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first: that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. 3Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. 4Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. 5Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God. 6Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. 7All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellers, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. 8Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 9Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. 10Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, 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. 11Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. 13Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. 14Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. 15Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed. 16Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. 17And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. 18Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him. 19Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. 20And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? 21Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. 22My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. 23Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. (KJV)

Thomas E. Graham
About Thomas E. Graham: Thomas Graham was born in Melbourne, Australia to missionary parents. His father, a Scot, met his mother, an American, while on the mission field in Africa. Graduated from Weaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Graham pastored a small church in New Jersey before being called to Aisquith in 1969. A staunch Reformed theologian, Graham was recognized as a gifted preacher who occupied the pulpit each Sunday with very few notes. His love for our Lord and his awe of Scripture are evident in his sermons. During his tenure here he organized the Middle Atlantic Sovereign Grace Theological Society, attracting to Aisquith such speakers as R.C. Sproul, John Reisinger and John Gerstner. He also guided the congregation through its traumatic break with the United Presbyterian Church. He was diagnosed with cancer in February 1987 and was called Home in April of that year. His wife of nearly 26 years, the former Anna Green, remains active in Aisquith. One of their two sons now pastors the small New Jersey church once pastored by Tom, and the other is a successful Christian fantasy author. (We should note that the titles for Graham's sermons were, for the most part, not selected by him. In fact, he objected to sermon titles, generally, believing they might hinder his ability to change course, if he was so led, during the sermon. However, the presentation of hundreds of sermons, such as we have on this site, requires more description for the visitor than merely "The Sermon," which is what appeared in the weekly bulletin. We think, given our situation, he'd agree.)
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