Anytime a Christian is going through a difficult time in their life, the enemy will try his best to deceive us. Satan wants us in his bondage to manipulate us with deception and fear. We have studied the first two kings in Babylon that had prideful spirits, and now we will look at the third king, Darius, which was deceived:
Daniel 6:1 – It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps (governors), to be over the whole kingdom; (Verse 2) and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. (Verse 3) Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. (Verse 4) So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.
Daniel was faithful, responsible, and always trustworthy, and the other governors were jealous of him and tried to find fault, but none could be found.
(Verse 5) Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” (Verse 6) So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever! (Verse 7) “All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisers, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
The men had told the king that they all were in agreement. That was a lie. They had not included Daniel. The only way Satan can get you into bondage is to get you to believe a lie. Here was the problem: Darius liked the idea of being worshiped, so these men told him that for thirty days the people couldn’t pray to anyone but him, and all the other governors agreed to this. Darius didn’t know that this was with the exception of Daniel. The deception was because of a lie and Darius believed it. I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, “When someone digs a hole for another to fall in through deception and lies, they themselves will fall in it.”
Pride Opens the Door To Deception
Daniel 6:8, 9 – “Now, O king, establish the decree and signed the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” (Verse 9) Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.
Darius had a problem with insecurity which is the root of pride. He had been a general, but because he had conquered Babylon, Cyrus made him the king. Darius was a Mede, not a Persian which made him feel inferior to the Persians. The Medes had joined the Persians so that they wouldn’t be destroyed.
Daniel 6:10 – Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
Daniel was not doing this to make a point, he was doing what he normally did. Why did he pray toward Jerusalem? According to the dedication of the temple by Solomon, in 1 Kings 8:35, Solomon said, “If the skies are shut up and there is no rain because Your people have sinned against You, and if they pray toward the temple and acknowledge Your name and turn from their sins because You have punished them. And Daniel prayed three times a day because of Psalm 55:17 – Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.
So, how did Daniel keep from falling into a spirit of pride himself? Because he knew the word of God and he stayed in it. He knew to pray toward Jerusalem, because he had read 1 Kings and he knew to pray three times because of the book of Psalms. Knowing God’s word will keep us from having a spirit of pride.
Pride Always Brings Regret
After the decree was signed by Darius, he found out that Daniel was praying to his God and did everything he could think of not to follow through with the punishment of throwing Daniel in the lion’s den.
Daniel 6:16 – 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. (Verse 18) 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.
Anytime decisions are made based on pride or insecurity, we will regret it. We should be getting our principles to live by from the word of God. When things are done out of need or an insecurity, we usually make the wrong decisions, because it was not God’s will, or we weren’t willing to wait on Him.
Pride Causes Spiritual Blindness
So King Darius can’t sleep all night and when morning came, he rushed to the lion’s den and asked, “Daniel, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Daniel tells him that the Lord’s angel came and shut the mouths of the lions.
Daniel 6:23 – Then 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. (Verse 24) 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.
Would you looky there! The deception was gone because Darius saw what Daniel’s God was able to do. He knew who was responsible for the deception and he brought swift judgment on those men. Once we find out that we have been deceived, we need to do something about it. We need to acknowledge it because if we just let it lie without saying anything, that will make us as bad as the ones doing the deceiving.
Jesus explains spiritual blindness in John, Chapter 9: Jesus and his disciples are walking and come upon a blind man. The man doesn’t call out to them and has been blind since birth. The disciples ask Jesus is this man blind because of his sin or his parents sin and Jesus answers: John 9:6 – When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. (Verse 7) And He said to him, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So he went and washed, and came back seeing. (Verse 8) Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” (Verse 9) Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” (Verse 10) Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” (Verse 11) He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
(Verse 12) Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.” (Verse 13) They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. (Verse 14) Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. (Verse 15) Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” (Verse 18) But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight.
(Verse 19) And they asked them saying, “Is this your sin, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see? (Verse 20) His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; (Verse 21) “but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.”
(Verse 24) So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” (Verse 25) He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” (Verse 26) Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” (Verse 27) He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? So you also want to become His disciples?”
That made the Pharisees furious so they kicked him our of the temple. But Jesus went and found him. When “religion” kicks you out, Jesus will come find you! Here is the cure for pride: (Verse 39) And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.” (Jesus is talking about spiritual eyesight.)
(Verse 40) Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” (Verse 41) Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sins remain.
In other words: “If you would just admit to Me that you can’t see without Me, I would take away your sin!” All of their sin would be removed. “But since you say that you can see without Me, your sin remains with you!” Because of their pride, they were not forgiven. However, if they had humbled themselves and asked for His help, He would take away all their sin.
When we swallow our pride and admit we cannot do anything without Him; we cannot save our-self, then we humble ourselves and ask for His help, He will forgive our sin. We can read the Bible all day long but never understand it until the Lord opens our spiritual eyes. When we admit that, He will heal our spiritual blindness.