S: Daniel and the Lions Den
BC: The End
FC: By Natalie Jones and Olivia Genn
1: As a child, Daniel was taken to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar's guards while they where looting the temple of Jerusalem. Daniel and three of his friends were raised in the King's court.
2: Daniel grew up in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar. After interpreting a dream, Daniel was made head of all wise men. | Then Daniel was called forward and was able to read the writing on the wall. The writing on the wall said that Babylon would be conquered. He was named third highest ruler in the kingdom and was clothed in rich clothing. | After King Nebuchadnezzar died King Belshazzar rose to power. When Belshazzar hosted a banquet in his halls a hand appeared and wrote unreadable words on the wall. Belshazzar, shocked, brought all his wisest men and diviners to try and read the inscription but none of them could.
3: As Daniel had predicted, Babylon was defeated and a Mede named Darius took the throne. | Then King Belshazzar was killed and King Darius was named the new ruler of the land.
5: King Darius appointed 120 new servants into his kingdom and three administrators to be in charge of them, one of which was Daniel. | Daniel was hard working, loyal and performed his duties perfectly. He was the king's favorite helper and so the king intended to put Daniel in charge of the whole kingdom.
6: But the other administrators were jealous of Daniel. Very jealous indeed!
7: Jealous enough to do anything to get him out of the king's spotlight.
8: They desperately tried to find to find something wrong with Daniel. They tried . . . | ...to find any slip up he had made in a Government affair...
9: ... or maybe Daniel had some inner flaw... | But they could find no faults.
10: So the administrators went to King Darius and convinced him to sign a decree that stated that no one was allowed to worship anyone but the king. | If anyone broke this new law, the person would be thrown into the lions' den.
11: At last they chose Daniel's religion. Daniel prayed and gave thanks to God three times a day and would never be prevented from doing so.
12: Then the administrators went and found Daniel giving thanks to God in his house. They brought Daniel before the king. | The king was devastated about his loss but was forced to go along with the law. Daniel was thrown in the lions' den.
13: King Darius spent a dreamless night worrying about Daniel and went to see if he was fine at the crack of dawn. | He pushed the stone off the opening to the lions' den and shouted down to Daniel.
14: "Daniel, are you alright." And Daniel answered, "Yes, an angel of the lord came and protected me from the lions!"
15: The men who had done this to Daniel were chucked into the lions' den along with their wives and children.