Daniel was a Jew who grew up in Babylon and was an assistant to the Babylonian king, Darius. Daniel did a good job and King Darius trusted him and planned to make Daniel the boss of all the other assistants.
The other assistants were jealous of Daniel and tried to figure out a reason to complain about him to the king. But Daniel hadn’t done anything wrong, so his enemies set a trap for him. They persuaded King Darius to sign an order that people could pray only to the king. Anyone who disobeyed the order would be thrown to the lions.
But Daniel worshipped God, not the king, and the king’s order did not stop him from praying to God. Three times a day he went to his house, where the upstairs windows were opened to face Jerusalem, and prayed. His enemies went to his house and caught him praying and told the king. The king was very upset, but according to the law he had to carry out his order , so he reluctantly commanded that Daniel be thrown to the lions, saying, “May your God deliver you!”.
The king was so upset he stayed awake all night. The next morning he hurried to the lions’ den and called, “Daniel, did your God save you?” And Daniel answered, “God sent an angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not hurt me.”
The king was overjoyed. Daniel was freed unharmed from the lions’ den and King Darius wrote a message to all the world saying, “In all my kingdom people shall fear the God of Daniel, for he is the living God, enduring for ever. He delivers and rescues, he works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power of the lions.”
"Don't ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 (CEV)
In Holywood, view Veggie Tales “Daniel and the Lions Den” and learn about the 4 elements in prayer and the acronym ACTS.
See how well you know the story of Daniel when you play a game using the Big Wheel in Antioch Arcade.
Create a paper mosaic from the story in Creation Station.
In Praising Puppets use modern day skits to learn about trusting in God even when you are faced with difficult decisions.
Act out the story of Daniel in Apostle’s Playhouse.
Creation Station – Sara Ridings
Holywood - Lisa Porter
Praising Puppets – Beth Williams
Antioch Arcade - Melinda Thompson
Apostle’s Playhouse - Barry Harmon
Thank you to our Curriculum Design Team: Carole Rhodes, Lee Smith, Sara Ridings, Allison Connors, Angela Farthing, Robin Morris, Amy Woynicz, Stephanie Arnold, and Lori Houck.