LESSON 19: "Daniel and the Scary Sleepover (Daniel 6)"

Big Idea for Parents
God doesn't remove all the trouble from our lives, but he is greater than anything that could harm us (even a lion!).
Jesus made TWO promises to us in John 16:31, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." 

1) In this world you will have trouble (because of sin, death and Satan)
2) Jesus overcomes every cause of our trouble (sin, death and Satan)

What gives us the willingness to remain faithful, as Daniel did, rather than take the easy way out? Trusting and resting in just how much God loves us and how powerful he is! What's even more impressive than Daniel's faithfulness is God's ability to shut the mouths of all those hungry lions! Daniel knew that God loved him whether he rescued him from the lions or the lions tore him to pieces. Because Jesus suffering ended in resurrection, by faith in him we know that eventually our suffering will end in resurrection as well. 

Devotion Introduction
What is the strongest animal that you know? (various answers)

One of the strongest animals alive today is the lion. The lion is a great hunter. They grow up to 10 feet long, weigh up to 550 pounds, can run as fast as 50 mph, and can jump as far as 36 feet! In other words, if a lion wants to track an animal down, they probably won't escape alive!

In the real life account we're going to read from the Bible - a man named Daniel is going to be thrown into a lion's den. What will happen to Daniel? Why would someone want to throw him in the lion's den? Let's read the story and find out ... (Read pages 152-159).

Questions

  • Why did the king throw Daniel into the lion's den?
  • Who did God send to help Daniel?
  • If God's angel can keep a lion's mouth shut, how strong are angels? 
  • What frightens you?
    Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:31). Why can we trust Jesus, even when we are afraid?

 Prayer
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for loving me even when I am afraid. You are stronger than anything that could hurt me: even sin, Satan and death. Help me to trust you always, and not be afraid. In Jesus name, Amen.