So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever! 7 All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, 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. 8 Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” 9 Therefore King Darius signed the written decree.
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.
11 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 12 And they went before the king, and spoke concerning the king’s decree: “Have you not signed a decree that every man who petitions any god or man within thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?”
13 So they answered and said before the king, “That Daniel, who is one of the captives [fn1] from Judah, does not show due regard for you, O king, or for the decree that you have signed, but makes his petition three times a day.”
Jealousy is devious. It acts in a manner opposite that of love — the command by which all others are derived. The command to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself would not seek harm to a colleague or neighbor. A devious plan is created to remove Daniel, a plan attacking the only area in Daniel’s life that could not be manipulated. His faith and trust in God and his consistent manner of giving honor and respect to God. Daniel remained faithful. His faith had carried him and would continue to. No reason now to believe any different. He did not defy the decree; he simply continued to do what he did; give honor to God Almighty. May we believe as he believed; God is who He says He is; He does what He says He will do. Blessed be the name of the Lord.