Lions in the Den

As children, how we loved to gaze on Daniel, as pictured in our old family Bible, standing alone in the midst of the lions. To many of us this prophet stands preeminent among all well-known characters of Bible history, not because of the great things that he did; not because of his wonderful understanding of God, but because of this remembered picture of "Daniel in the Lions' Den." The number and the outlines of the lions may have become vague in memory, but Daniel remained distinct, standing erect and fearless.

When led to recall this picture by reading part of the sixth chapter of the book of Daniel we learn, through the understanding gained by our study of Christian Science, that this fearlessness shown by Daniel radiates love—a love which includes the entire animal kingdom as well as all mankind: a love akin to that of the Master when he said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." According to Mrs. Eddy's definition of fear on page 586 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Daniel's fearlessness manifested an absence of anxiety, of error in any form, so that faith, love, and truth must have been present with him.

We are reminded by the king's question that Daniel served God continually and that the God whom he served continually was a "living God." Nevertheless the king doubted the ability of this living God to save Daniel, otherwise his voice would not have been "lamentable." But Daniel's voice rang out clear and true in his salutation to the king, the same salutation which he would have used had he been amid friends before the throne in the king's court.

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Daily Bread
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