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In the Lion's Den by DouglasRamsey In the Lion's Den by DouglasRamsey
Acrylic on hardboard, 24" x 36"

As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”

(Daniel 6:20-22)

What does this story mean for Christians today who are faced with prospect of either compromising their beliefs, or being faithful to Christ and suffering persecution as a consequence of it? Just “dare to be a Daniel” and God will deliver you from any kind of suffering and persecution that you might be threatened with? Of course not.

I don’t know if Daniel’s enemies hated him because he stood in the way of their ambitions or he could have exposed their own corruption or if it was an extension of their hatred for Daniel’s God. It actually doesn’t matter much because ultimately, Daniel’s real enemies weren’t the other high officials of Persia. Behind the scenes these high officials were being manipulated by higher forces who were utterly opposed to Daniel’s God and to his people. And these cosmic powers are still operating today.

These forces were trying to do what the evil one always tries to do, namely, to destroy every trace of the kingdom of God. We have to go back to Genesis 3:15 to see things for what they really are. In this incident, as in lots of other places in the OT, the destructive power of lions is really symbolic of the chaos and disjointedness and disharmony of the fallen world. This is why the NT describes the evil one as “a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” So when you read about these things that are a part of our fallen and broken world and then you read in Isaiah chapter 11 about the promised age to come when the lion will lie down with the lamb, it’s a preview of what God is ultimately going to accomplish. And in Daniel’s case, his deliverance is, in some sense, a foretaste of the promised, universal, restoration, where lions, whose very nature is to destroy and to consume, were held at bay, unable to destroy or to consume that morning.

So why was Daniel delivered when so many persecuted Christians are not? What was happening is that in a moment of crisis, in order to preserve his kingdom, God brings the power of the coming kingdom, the fulfilled kingdom into this situation of adversity. In other words we’re being given a picture here, in a small-scale microcosm, of a much larger reality. Even though he was a real person and this is not a parable, there’s a sense in which Daniel is presented here as a representative of God’s people as a whole. The lions and high officials represent the gathered forces of darkness who seek to destroy God’s people. They’re examples of the kind of actors who are engaged in this cosmic drama that’s going to continue to play out until the end of history.





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WOLFBLADE111 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. :D
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Professional Writer
The depth and lighting in this piece is great! Keep glorifying God!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2016
Thanks much!
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shark235 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!
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HolyArtsAlchemist Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Cool.
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Godismyfather Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Amen.
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Navy-Blue-Falconet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Takin' this message in; gonna need it. ;)

That sword though..:O
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Glad to hear it, thanks.
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Navy-Blue-Falconet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
NP. :D
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rhunel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016   General Artist
I like the fact that the lions see the angel but Daniel doesn't.  An angel was seen walking about with Daniel, but it doesn't say how many people saw it.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
I actually intended to be ambiguous as to whether he could see him or not. That Daniel tells the king "God sent his angel" could indicate that he did. The reason Daniel looks apprehensive of the angel is because I think he might have been. Even though this incident happened after Daniel's visionary experience with Gabriel I have to wonder if anyone really gets to the place where they're "comfortable" around such beings, especially when they're in this form.
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rhunel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016   General Artist
I love the "Rose Is Rose" comic, the boy has a guardian angel who has a smaller form and a bigger form when he is "actively on guard".
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B-Angelo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is amazing i must say.:clap:
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Well, it's kind of you to say, thanks.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Student
Your artwork is as good as your way with words in the description that is presented here. I love your references back to the Holy Bible and how you explain things that may confuse some others. May God bless you and all who you teach in the way of the Gospel.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Wow, thanks very much.
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OddGarfield Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Student
You're welcome. :)
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burningpapertigers Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Thanks much!
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DCLeadboot Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, cool artwork there! :D
That's one badass angel!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016
Thanks!
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!

I always liked to think that by morning, all the lions were really cuddly with Daniel.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
They might have been but I doubt it. If so, they were definitely less friendly with their next set of guests in verse 24. Thanks!
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deviantneves Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Thanks for share. Excelente
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Thanks, much appreciated.
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Feesu-san Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Student Filmographer
0-0 WOAH! That. looks. awesome.
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Thanks very much!
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