I’m going to do something non-fiction writers call a “weave”. It’s two separate events matched up with one theme. Look for the theme between the two as they go down and watch as a deeper meaning shouts out from between the lines.
“And they brought them (Paul & Silas) to the magistrates, and said, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” Acts 16:20:21 NKJV
“Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.” Daniel 6:11 NKJV
“Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.” Acts 16:22-24
“So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” Daniel 6:16
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:24 NKJV
“Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him.” Daniel 6:18
“And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” Acts 16:26
“Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.” Daniel 6:19
“And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.” Acts 16:27
“And 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?” Daniel 6:20
“But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.” Acts 16:28
“Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Daniel 6:20-21
“Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,” Acts 16:29
“Now the king was exceedingly 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 injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.” Daniel 6:23
“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”Acts 16:30
“And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den.
Then King Darius wrote: To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.” Daniel 6:25-26a
“For He is the living God,
How much more will God deliver you?
Our battlefield, in this day and time, is in our minds. We have to believe and stay strong in our minds. If you feel like you’re in a pit of depression, loneliness, or hopelessness, you should know that is a mental prison. What did Paul and Silas do when shoved into prison? They sang! Who heard them? EVERYONE, from the murders to the warden, to God Himself. What did Daniel do? I’m pretty sure he kept praying. Who heard him? The lions, God and he heard his prayers. What are you going to DO? Be not hearers of the word only, but be ye doers!
When the pressure is on, give.
God Bless You Today!