The artist of this pic (Riviere) obviously was moved to paint such a moving depiction of Daniel in the pit with the hungry creatures. Oh how the account of the treachery of men is perfectly documented in the 6th of Daniel. Oh yeah, read it in the excellent language of the kjv.
Daniel found favour and was set high above others whose jealousy enraged them to pit him against King Darius, as if a blameless man could be rightfully accused. The king tried to find a way not to keep his word, but he could not, so yep, tossed into the pit, with the king hoping for his life, not eating all night, no music. (This is not going to end well for the men and the families of the sly ones.)
Yet, ‘modern scholars’ agree that this was a mere legend, a ‘story,’ that never happened, that there were no lions, that Daniel was not there, and like the raising of Lazarus, or the creation of Eve, this was mere fiction. Please. Do not embarrass yourself by agreeing with they who were found eaten, and whose bones were proof of their mischief….
Look at the lion to the right, pacing, yet being unable to deliver a fatal blow with a swipe of the paw. Mouths stopped by providence that all men would know there is a God in heaven. The animals who are fearless, yet here are powerless against He who made them, being comfortable in their clenched jaws, their vices unable to open to satiate their hungry bellies.
Note the calm repose of Daniel as he looks up, imagine your own heart and mind, if you were there, and face the fact of a possible death in seconds. The God of Daniel is the God of life, where all creation is in subjection, and see the very real opportunity for all men to have mouths stopped, just like those golden beautiful beasts, yes, mouths stopped in view of He who is High, holy, and lifted up. Stopped mouths are good things. A great calm is a good thing also, as in the demeanor of Daniel.
Daniel knew this One, as did the baptist, whose life was not spared…such wonders of scripture, such depth of purpose, truly a God above all whose ways are unsearchable but perfect.
And of course, the ones who brought the charge against Daniel, took his place, (including spouses and children) and were sort of mince meat before their feet reached the floor of the pit.
It’s worth mentioning that the sealed mouths of the hungry lions are a perfect analogy of how powerful God’s word is, that is, it shuts every mouth against the petty charges of unbelief, and presents the God of heaven and His word as supreme.
No wonder the Lord is known as the lion of the tribe of Judah.