Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Daniel was one of three governors ruling in the Medio-Persian empire and was distinguished above all of the other officials in the kingdom because an excellent spirit was in him.  This caused great envy among his subordinates,and they sought to find some flaw in his governance, but could find no error or fault in him . These men determined to destroy Daniel and thought they could use his faith in God to trip him up.  They went to their ruler with great flattery, and asked him to establish a royal decree that no one could petition any god or man (except the king) for 30 days.  The penalty for disobeying this decree was a one-way ticket to the lion’s den.  When Daniel knew that the law was in place he boldly went to his house, and before his opened window, got down on his knees  to pray and give thanks to God as was his habit.  Daniel’s conspirator’s hurried to the king to report the infraction and demand that Daniel suffer the penalty.  Since Darius was the one who benefitted from Daniel’s faithful service, he was greatly dismayed that he had signed the decree into law, but he was bound by the protocol for thirty days.  Read the exciting conclusion in Daniel 6.

You will need regular-sized, brown lunch bags for the puppets.  Have kids color the lion’s head, cut out and glue to bottom of bag.  The next worksheet contains the bottom of the mouth, inside mouth piece pattern( make red) and the teeth…which go taped to the red piece.Glue inside mouth piece to what would logically be the inside of the lion’s mouth… if you have used card stock , you should be able to fan out the teeth so they are very ferocious- looking.  Color bottom of head, cut out  and position in place so top and bottom of lion’s head match up. Glue memory verse or write as shown in top photo.  Note to teachers:  Please make one of these ahead of time so you can see how the teeth fit and gauge the skill level of your kids…You may have to do some extra prepping for younger kids.

The Handwriting on the Wall

Belshazzar, grandson of Nebuchadnezzar,  was throwing a great feast for one thousand of his lords and their ladies.  After the wine began flowing, he commanded that the sacred gold and silver vessels that  Nebuchadnezzar had confiscated from the temple in Jerusalem  be fetched.  As they drank their wine from the sacred vessels, they praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. “..In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared  and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.”  So scared his knees were knocking together, he called for the wise men of Babylon to read the writing and interpret the meaning.  The queen mother suggested Daniel be brought .  Daniel did not concern himself with the great reward being offered, but boldly proclaimed the dire message of the writing “MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN”.  Because Belshazzar did not humble his heart, although he knew the humbling his grandfather had experienced, and this night had mocked the God who “holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways” by worshipping gods who do not hear, see or know; his kingdom would be given to the Medes and Persians.  That night the king was slain and Darius the Mede took  over the kingdom.  Read the account in Daniel 5.

After coloring the page, outline the hand with a thin stream of tacky glue and use glitter. (see recommended brand in “Basic tools” Aug. 12th  blog)

A King is Humbled

A King is Humbled

A King is Humbled

Here stands the king that the God of heaven had given a kingdom, power, strength, glory and  made ruler over all men,  beasts and birds. But we find  in chapter 4 of Daniel ( actually written by this great king Nebuchadnezzar) , that he had to be humbled by the mighty hand of the Almighty. Twelve months before,  he was given a dream that was interpreted by his trusted advisor, Daniel, and at the same time was encouraged to repent of his many sins and to start showing mercy to the poor….but he did not .  So, at the end of a year while the king was walking in his garden and pridefully admiring his handiwork, a voice fell from heaven  declaring that he would be driven from men for seven years and  was to live with the beasts of the field, eating grass like oxen;…” his body wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagle’s feathers and his nails like bird’s claws”.  At the end of the seven years he lifted his eyes to heaven and his understanding returned to him and he blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever.  All was restored to him , and excellent majesty was added to him.

I  glued tissue paper on the plants.

A King is Humbled

Dare to be a Daniel

Daniel and friends

Daniel and his three friends; Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, have been  captured from their Judean homeland  by  Nebuchadnezzar and sent back to Babylon  to attend a”royal prep school” of sorts.  They all received new heathen names, and a daily portion of the king’s rich food and the wine which he drank.  Undoubtedly NOT kosher,  Daniel determined in his heart not to defile himself with the king’s provision, and courteously proposed a test to the steward in charge of them , “…for ten days let us be given a vegetable diet and water to drink. Then compare our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat of the king’s dainties, and deal with us according to what you see…”  God rewarded the young Hebrew’s faith with a superior appearance as well as knowledge, skill  in all learning and wisdom.  At the end  of three years they were presented before the king and found ten times better than all the scholars in the whole realm !

You can tell I am a fan of a little “sparkle”.  If you have access to stained glass supplies, you can use copper foil tape for the accents , gold duck tape or a new tape now available in craft stores called washi tape. It is available in many designs and patterns. Of course the spaces can be “glamed-up” with metallic-colored  gel pens. Don’t forget Melzar’s bracelet!