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Daniel in the Lion's Den

Bible, Books and Video:

Scripture:  Daniel 6
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes:  pg 236
The Beginner's Bible:  pg 251
My Story Bible:  pg 56-57
Through the Bible Felt:  pg 143-144

 Where's God When I'm ScaredVeggie Tales:  “Where’s God When I am Scared?”
  We're Going on a Bear Hunt  We're Going on a Bear Hunt - substitute the word "lion" to match the Bible story.

Verse:

Luke 1:37 - Nothing is impossible for God.
Tune:  “London Bridges”
For nothing is impossible with God
Impossible with God
Impossible with God
For nothing is impossible with God
Luke 1:37

Songs and Poems:

- My God is So Big (Traditional)
Chorus:
My God is so big (move hands out from each other at sides)
So strong and so mighty (make muscles with up with both arms, and then down)
There’s nothing my God cannot do  (shake head “no” and cross arms in front of body”
For you  (point at other person)
(Repeat Chorus)

Verse:
The mountains are His (make mountains with arms above head)
The valleys are His (make valleys with arms at waist)
The stars are His handiwork too – oo – oo (Hold hands above head and make “stars” with fingers)
(Repeat Chorus)

Going on a "Lion" Hunt

ABCJLM Activities and Crafts:

- ABCJLM Coloring Sheets:  Daniel in the Lion's Den

- Lion Puppet Lion Paper Bag Puppet
Print and cut out the Lion Puppet printable.  Glue the head to the bottom of a lunch-size brown paper sack. Glue the body to the sack.  Tell the Bible story from the perspective of the lion while using the puppet.

- Lion Lines  Combine the "Letter l" with the Bible story
Print the Letter 'l" Lion printable in color (or in black and white and then color the green and red dots).  Have the child draw straight lines and color the lion.  Explain that drawing straight lines is making the letter "l." 

- Lion Head Puppet  Courageous Lion
Print the Lion Head printable on cardstock or glue to a paper plate.  Color the head and add brown yarn for the mane.  Glue a large craft stick to the back of the head.  Cut out the eyes to make a mask for the child.  Wear the puppet and while using a courageous voice say the week's memory verse.

 

Telling the Story:

This story is in rough draft.

Needed:  Lion puppet

Kids, I almost forgot.  I have a friend that I brought with me today.  He wants to meet all of you!  Let me go get him. 

Kids, say hellos to Leon.  “Hello!”  Leon, welcome to Little Mo’s place.  We are so happy that you are here with us. 

We have talked a lot about animals tonight.  We sang about butterflies, robins, elephants, and other animals that thank God for making them special.  Raise your hand and tell me what kind of animal Leon is.  (Lion)  In our song, the butterfly thanked God for making his wings.  The robin thanked God the he could sing.  What do you think a Leon would thank God for?  (Roar)

Leon, can you show the children how you can roar, please?  (no sound)  Leon, what’s wrong?  Do you want to try again?  (no sound)

Oh, Leon.  I am so sorry.   You have lost your roar.  But you are not alone.  I know of some lions in the Bible who lost their roar.  They wanted to be really mean to a man but they couldn’t. 

Let’s turn in our Bibles to the book of Daniel, chapter 6.  (Do you know that your parents in big church are reading this exact same story in big church right now?  Yes, Mr. Mark is teaching your parents about the story of Daniel too!  Be sure to ask your parents what they learned tonight at church.)

In this part of the Bible, Daniel was an old man.  He was around 80 years old.  King Darius liked Daniel because he was good and wise.  This made the others King’s men very jealous and they made a plan to hurt Daniel.  They told King Darius, “We think everyone should treat you as a god. 

And if anyone doesn’t, they should be thrown in the den of lions.” 

Leon, do you live in a den of lions?  That sounds like a really scary place!  Daniel heard about the new law.  But even though he would probably be thrown into a den of lions, he knew that God told us that we are only to pray to God.  So, each day, just had he had done before, Daniel went home, opened his windows, and gave thanks to God.  Not just once, but three times. 

Let’s fold our hands, close our eyes and say, “Thank you God” – three times. 

The king’s men saw Daniel thanking God and they went and told the king that they had seen Daniel worshipping God instead of the king.” 

This made the King very mad.  Not because Daniel was worshipping God but because King Darius liked Daniel and he had been tricked into throwing Daniel into the lions’ den.  But because he made it a law, it had to be done.  The Bible says that as Daniel was being arrested, King Darius told him, “May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you.”  And Daniel was sent to the den full of hungry lions.

Before you came to worship tonight, my friend Leon told me that his lion friends were really happy to see Daniel come into the den.  They were hungry!  But when the lions opened their mouths, they couldn’t.  No roar came out.  God had sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths.  The lions could not hurt Daniel.  Let’s pretend to zip our mouths shut just like the lions.  With our mouths zipped shut, let’s roar with Leon. 

While Daniel was with the lions, King Darius didn’t sleep at all.  He was too nervous thinking about his friend Daniel.  In Daniel 6:19-23 the Bible says:  Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the lions’ den.  When he got there, he called out in anguish (this is a fancy word for pain or grief) and said, “Daniel, servant of the living God!  Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?”  Daniel answered, “My God sent his angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me.  The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the lions’ den.  And when Daniel came out of the den there was not a scratch on him, because Daniel trusted God.
Little Mo’s, God is a big God.  He is bigger than a den full of lions.  He is stronger than a lion’s roar.  God is mightier than any king.  There is nothing our God can not do.  

Leon, thank you so much for helping me tell this Bible story.  I love stories in the Bible of people trusted God and were courageous.  The book of Daniel has several stories of courageous people in it.  Two weeks ago, I told the story of three men who were placed in a furnace of fire.  What where their names?  (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.)  Last week you learned how the King wanted Daniel and his friends to eat food that was bad for them.  They had courage to say no.  Tonight we saw how Daniel had courage to pray to God even though he was going to be thrown into a lions’ den. 

How did they men get courage?  The Bible tells us they had courage because they, Loved God with their heart, their mind, their soul and their strength.  And in Mark 12:30, is says we can too.  Let’s work on our memory verse.

This story is free for family use.  If you desire to use this story or any of the ideas on this website in a situation other than in your home and with your child(ren), please purchase a License first.  
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Online Ideas:

- Coloring Sheets - In the Den, King and Daniel, Daniel and the Lion

- Lion Crafts and Activities

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