Was God Inhumane?


So Daniel has been unjustly accused but saved from the lion's den. Both Darius and Daniel are elated and reunited. But the next part of the verse is the part of the story many children's books leave out.

And the king commanded, and those men who had maliciously accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions—they, their children, and their wives. And before they reached the bottom of the den, the lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces. — Daniel 6:24

Now some people don't like the brutality of this moment because they don't like that women and children were also thrown into the den. But let's be clear, death is a reality for all mankind — even Jesus died. We don't like death because we perceive it in certain situations as inhumane. Therefore we conclude that certain forms or timings of death are unjust. And when God does or does not intervene, we perceive him to be inhumane. But this reasoning makes one primary assumption — that we are perfectly moral and can make more acceptable judgments than God. And we all know that ain't true. 

But there is also one additional caveat in this story. As we know, these officials were malicious and contrived an elaborate scheme against Daniel and king Darius, two of the highest-ranking men in the land. But as they did, they determined the punishment. That the man who disregarded the law would be thrown into the lion's den. But the twist is they ended up determining their fate. So essentially, evil was turned upon itself, and judgment came to them all. So we shouldn't be mad a God. We should be angry at these men because it was the father and husband of each who decided their family's fate.

Fellas, if you are a husband or father today, be careful as you make decisions. Be cautious about the partnerships you develop. Be cautious about the people with whom you spend time. Be careful about the alliances you make. Because every partnership, every relationship, and deal you have has repercussions on your wife and children. They may not result in a judgment like this here, but they will have a ripple effect that will last a very long time. And if you feel convicted about this right now. Cut ties with those people and cancel those deals before it's too late.

ASK THIS: Is there a relationship or a partnership you need to cut ties with today?

DO THIS: Act now.

PRAY THIS: God, be my protector and provider today.

PLAY THIS: Protector.


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7 thoughts on “Was God Inhumane?

  1. Dennis says:

    We must always secure our borders and protect our families. The enemy will always look for a weak spot in our borders and attack that weakness.

  2. Doug Wiley says:

    Needed this message a long time ago, my decision almost cost me my marriage

  3. Joe C says:

    Thank you Vince for the sobering message. Quite often men don’t consider the consequences of their sin and the effects it could have on their families and loved ones.

  4. Tom F. Sr. says:

    Men, with great passion and humility, let’s uncompromisingly own our God-given responsibilities to Him first, then our wives, children, and grandchildren with sincere integrity before we consider any decisions we make or obligations we take on outside the four walls of our home. He who does not care for his family is worse than an infidel. (1Tim. 5:8)

  5. Gary says:

    This reminds my of how the Lord dealt with the Assyrians…

    Isaiah 33
    King James Version

    33 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.

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