Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Daniel and the Lions Den Sunday School Lesson and Activities

Use this Daniel and the Lions Den Sunday School lesson to teach children about God's protection.

Needed: Bibles, paper, crayons or markers, optional: yarn or puff balls for lions’ fur, glue

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshiped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.

(Read Daniel 6:1-4 with your students.)

The other rulers that King Darius put over the kingdom were trying to find a way to get Daniel because he was about to be promoted over them. He was going to be their boss and they were jealous of him because they wanted to be promoted to be the boss instead.

(Read Daniel 6:5-9 with your students.)

What was the rule that the other rulers convinced King Darius to make? (The rule was that no one was allowed to pray to God or any fake gods except King Darius for thirty days.)

Are we supposed to pray to other people, or just to God? (Just to God.)

So do you think Daniel will follow the rule to stop praying to God and to pray King Darius instead?

(Read Daniel 6:11-14 with your students.)

Why did King Darius want to save Daniel if Daniel broke King Darius’ rule by praying to God instead of praying to him? (King Darius liked Daniel. He was going to promote Daniel to be the boss of the other rulers, so we know that he liked Daniel.)

(Read Daniel 6:15-18 with your students.)

Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den. That was a way of punishing people back then. If you broke the law, they would throw you in the lions’ den and the lions would eat you.

(Read Daniel 6:19-22 with your students.)

Why didn’t the lions eat Daniel? (God sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions so they couldn’t eat him.)

God knew that Daniel had done the right thing by not praying to King Darius instead of God, so God protected Daniel. Do you think God can protect you too? (Yes.)

God is the strongest thing in the whole universe, so whatever problems we have, God can protect us. If we love God and do what is right, then He will protect us, just like He protected Daniel from the lions.

Activity: Draw It! – Have students draw Daniel in the lions’ den. Remind students that God protected Daniel from the lions because Daniel loved God and did the right thing.

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