This is one of the best stories for kids in the Bible, partly
because it involves lions - which are big and fierce and cats - but mainly
because in it Daniel is rescued from certain death by the living
These pictures illustrate the story in Daniel 6. When I used them I
drew them about 2 metres tall and had a giant flip chart to display them.
(There's a hints 'n'
tips page about drawing huge pictures.) I also gave out a handout
afterwards for the children to colour in at home. You can download a
file, print it double sided and fold it in half.
Daniel and a couple of satraps. Actually there are 120 satraps altogether,
appointed by King Darius the Mede as a kind of civil service to look after the
kingdom. (The other 118 satraps are just out of the picture.) Daniel is one of
three administrators, and is so good at his job that the king is thinking of
making him the ruler over the whole kingdom - a sort of prime minister. This
makes the other administrators and the satraps jealous, as you can see from the
finely drawn expressions on their faces.
Here's King Darius the Mede. In Daniel
6 he comes across as rather dim, because the jealous satraps set up Daniel -
and Darius doesn't realise what's going on. Basically, they persuade Darius to
pass a law saying that anyone who prays to any god or man, apart from the king,
will be thrown into the lions' den.
obey this law, and goes up to his room, gets on his knees, and prays to the one
true God. And the satraps catch him at it. They rush off to the king and tell
him what they have seen. Darius is terribly upset about this because he does
not want Daniel thrown to the lions. He tries to stop it happening, but the
laws of the Medes and Persians cannot be repealed, and so Daniel is thrown into
the lions' den.
This is Daniel inside the lions' den.
Please don't try this at home.
The king has a terrible night. He can't
eat, and can't sleep, and in the morning he hurries down to the lions' den to
find out what has happened to Daniel. To his immense relief Daniel tells him
that God has sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions. Daniel is released,
the satraps become the lions' breakfast, and the king praises God:
he is the living God
and he endures for ever;
kingdom will not be destroyed,
his dominion will never
He rescues and he saves;
he performs signs and
in the heavens and on the earth.
from the power of the lions.