Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lesson 21: Daniel and the Lions

Bible (pg 242-245)

Once there was a man named Daniel. Daniel loved God very much. Every day Daniel prayed to God. He prayed three times every day. No matter what happened, Daniel always prayed to God. King Darius was Daniel's friend. The king was going to give Daniel a very important job. The king wanted Daniel to be his special helper. 

But there were other people who wanted to be the king's special helper. These people made up a mean plan to get rid of Daniel. King Darius had made a very bad rule. The king made a rule that everybody had to pray to him instead of God. The mean people knew that Daniel did not obey this rule. One day when Daniel was praying, the mean people caught him and dragged him to the king (show pic in Bible, pg 242-243).

They said, "King Darius, we caught Daniel breaking your rule. He was praying to God! Now you'll have to punish him. You'll have to throw him into the pit with hungry lions!"

King Darius was sad. He did not want his special friend Daniel to be eaten by lions. He was sad that he had ever made the bad rule about not praying to God. The king said goodbye to Daniel. The soldiers threw him into the pit full of lions (show pic in Bible, pg 244-245). The lions were very hungry. But God shut the lions' mouths so they could not bite Daniel. They could not hurt him at all! God saved Daniel from the lions.

The next morning the king came to the pit. He was so worried about his friend Daniel. The king yelled, "Daniel, did God keep you safe? Are you alive?" Daniel said, "Yes king, yes! God shut the lions' mouths! I'm fine!" The king was so happy. He told everybody to love and obey God. Only God could shut the mouths of the hungry lions. Now all the people could pray to God as much as they wanted.

The mean people's plan did not work. God took care of his friend Daniel.

Craft ideas:
Cupcake Paper Lion Craft 
Paper Lion Craft 
Daniel and the Lions Coloring Pages 

 The words of this story were copied from some preschool Bible flashcards that belong to my mom (copyright by CRC Publications 1988...this is the only info I have on the cards. I'm not sure where they originally came from). I am posting this for Sunday School and homeschooling purposes only and I do not claim myself as the author of these stories.

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