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Re: 3 days - 3 nights (Daniel & Lion's Den)

(True/False) Daniel spent 3 days and 3 nights in the lions' den

    Well this is clearly identified in the following:
    [VW: and quotes Dan6:16-21 :VW]

    Sounds more like one night from what I can read. Unless I am missing the detail where the king slept for two days and one night?

    Dan 6: over sleepless night, opened den in the morning...FALSE

    1 night-do I win a prize? ;) [VW: and quotes Dan6:18-20 :VW]

    I think that's false. I think he was in there overnight. However, Jonah spent three days and three nights inside a very large sea creature!

    OK...you've got me thinking on this one. My mind says false that he was only there the one night but, for him to have properly portrayed a "type of Christ", he would possibly needed to remain in the lion's den for three days and nights as did Jonah in the belly of the great fish God had prepared for him. Prior to looking it up my recollection is that when King Darius (?) had unwittingly caught Daniel in a trap the others had set for him that he was so worried about Daniel that after no sleep, he ran down to the lions den to check on the fate of Daniel, he possibly even gave God glory for bringing Daniel out safe but, let's look and see what the Word of God says before we assume anything else.

    [VW: Quotes Dan6:6-9 :VW]

    OK we see here that King Darius was tricked into signing the decree intended to trap Daniel, and then in verse 16 him telling Daniel that his (Daniel's) God would deliver him. [VW: quotes vs16 :VW]

    We see in verse 18 that the king spent a sleepless night in fasting from any form of joy bringing items, not just food, and that at daybreak, he ran down to the lion's den to check on Daniel. Upon arriving there I honestly don't think he was surprised to have found Daniel safe, else, why would he have even bothered to have checked on him.

    [VW: and quotes vs18-23 :VW]

    Throughout this question, you have shown again that we should not just trust what we remember as being accurate to Scriptures but that we should look it up and see, "Thus says the Word of God" or as Christ says "Have you not read". Although I was 99.99999999999% certain that my memory was correct, it never hurts to be sure. Thank you for this exercise in being sure of what we believe.

I must confess: This topic was put to you-all as a sort of "trick" question. Until the "E" answer came, I was assuming that nobody would even need to question it, and I would get a lot of 'scoff' answers. I thought it was, just... "too easy". Kind of... in the same way as when I was a youth and church youth meetings would have a "Sword drill", the leader would call out the -book- "Hezekiah ?:??", and those not as well versed in the Scriptures would go scrambling, looking for the book of "Hezekiah"...which, of course, was a king's name, but not a book of the Bible. This question was intended to be a sort of "Hezekiah" question, that way. -smile-

But as "E" summarizes in his closing paragraph, let us also first address something else he said earlier. The need, in some minds, for Daniel to have "portrayed a -type- of Christ". (As it turns out, there is a -lot- of 'learning' to be had with this item.)

Where, in Scripture, is Daniel portrayed as a 'type' of Christ? (another trivia question?) He isn't. He is portrayed as a "wise" person, against whom the "prince of Tyre" is compared (Ezk28:3), the one later explained as having been the "anointed cherub that covers" (vs14) And his legacy, also, is as being a "righteous" person. (Ezk14:14,20) As well as a "prophet". (Mt24:15, Mk13:14)

This is kind of like the recent Q/A on "Kinsman Redeemer" from Ruth: I was almost tempted to branch out a bit, at the end of my answer, to explain how many people spiritualize the book of Ruth, and make Boaz' taking of Ruth, providing 'redemption' for her, as a "type of Christ". And further, as Ruth covered herself with the corner of Boaz' cloak, and after they speak, Ruth says to Boaz, "Spread your skirt over your maidservant, for you are a kinsman redeemer." (Ru3:9) to further branch out to the book of Songs how "He brought me into the house of wine, and his banner over me was love." (SS2:4) One translator of the Scriptures has sooo totally spiritualized the Song-of-Solomon, that he has capitalized everything in the book he feels is about Christ, that he has stripped away from the book its primary/base topic, of the love/romance between a husband and wife. Surely, it -also- speaks of Christ's love for His bride. Surely, Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, having "redeemed us from the curse of the Law". (Ga3:13) And as Boaz covered Ruth with his cloak, surely that can also be a picture of how Jesus covers us with His "robe of righteousness" (Is61:10); and just as Ruth was "lost" in debt and Boaz provided her with a 'name', so, too, in Jesus Christ we have His name on our foreheads. (Rev22:4)

But is Jesus a -kinsman- Redeemer? Perhaps, in the sense that He "came to His own" who rejected Him (Jn1:11) whom He also calls "brothers". (Ps22:22) Thus, perhaps He can be considered a -type- of Kinsman Redeemer -to- 'Israel' in the coming kingdom.

But most who speak of this topic do so regarding the Church. Thing is, the (predominantly) 'Gentile' Church did not originate as 'family' to the "commonwealth of Israel", but we were "aliens". (Eph2:12) The laws of the kinsman redeemer did not apply to foreigners...they were strictly for Israel. (Lev25:44-46) Thus, Boaz and Ruth are not really a type of Christ and the Church; but of Messiah and Israel.

Now.... Notice the title of this topic is about '3 DAYS and NIGHTS'. In the eastern mind the number three (3) is ingrained regarding many things. We have observed in the past how the passing of a gift from one person to another cannot properly be done, unless the giving and ritual 'refusal' are bantered three times, and then finally the gift is received. As the back-and-forth occurred between Abraham and the ones from whom he bought the land to bury Sarah, as he negotiated the price. (Gen23) There are the three in Babylon: Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah who were the first recorded to be given the death penalty for refusing to bow to Babylon's image. (Dan1:6, ch3, Rev13:15) There were the three closest disciples of Jesus: Peter, Jacob and John. (Mt17:1) When Jonathan and David are saying their "good-byes" as David is fleeing from Saul, Jonathan shoots three arrows. (1Sa20:20) Elisha tells Joash to strike the ground with some arrows in symbolism of how God will give him victory over his enemies, and he strikes the ground (the traditional) three times, limiting God's work to only three victories. (2Ki13:18) There is the incident of Pharaoh's butler and baker having dreams, which Joseph rightly interprets for them, that after three (3) days they will be released from prison: one to be restored to his position, the other to be hanged. (Gen40) Prophecy regarding Israel is set in a three-day imagery: After two days of being "torn", "...in the third day He will raise us up" (Hos6:1-2); days being associated with "thousand years" (2Pet3:8); where Israel has been in dispersion for the past 2000 years, and the kingdom Millennium is the third day of their restoration. But none of these things can be considered as "types" of Christ.

Now, Jesus also speaks of the temple: "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (Jn2:19) John makes commentary, that Jesus was speaking of His "body" (vs21) related to His crucifixion and resurrection (vs22), making association with the "three" days. Personally, seeing as how the topic started with the "temple", I have to wonder but what Jesus was giving a double prophecy, based on other things we know. From Hos6:1-2 (above) we see Israel's three (prophetic 1000-year) days. We also know that during the kingdom the BRANCH (Jer33:15) will build the temple (Zec6:12), which is described at great length in Ezekiel chs40-44. Thus, Jesus could have been (also) speaking of how He will build the Millennial temple, when the time comes.

However, the only situation directly specified as a 'type' of Christ, with 'three days and nights', is Jonah. (Mt12:40) Jonah was in the stomach of that big sea creature (whale, fish, etc) for three days and nights, and then as Jonah was fainting (Jon2:7) and repents, he is vomited out and restored to life. Jesus died, was buried, and after three days and nights He rose from the dead. Jesus died Thursday afternoon: that's Thursday, Friday & Saturday -daylight-; and it's Thursday, Friday and Saturday -nights-; and then rose Sunday morning before daybreak ("while it was still dark" Jn20:1)

But Daniel does not fit this type. 1) He is not mentioned elsewhere as being a type; 2) He was in the lion's den only one night, based on what the 'readers' already correctly answered at the top of this thing. Daniel is not a type of somebody being sentenced to death for sin, and then being raised up; but is an example of -persecution- "because of righteousness".

"Blessed are they who have been persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when they shall revile and persecute you, and shall say every evil word against you falsely because of Me." (Mt5:10-11)

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