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Hang on - we won't let you fall!

Bible Text:

Daniel 6:4, "Daniel was trustworthy, honest and faithful" (paraphrased).

Materials You Need:

A 2-3m length of thin string and thick rope respectively.

The Effect:

A child stands on a chair and you will save him as he jumps off while you support him with a length of thin string and he holds onto the end.   This of course breaks and you have let the child down!  However, if you used a length of thick rope, the child could trust you and be let down safely as you hold onto the rope.

Age Group:

Grades 1 - 7 (7 to 13 years).


As Daniel was faithful to God, and God protected him in the lions den, we must also be trustworthy, honest and faithful and love God with all of our hearts.




Trust Me!

I need a volunteer to help me.  Thank you.  Now I have a piece of string and I want you to trust me.  You do trust me, don't you?   And so I want you to stand on this chair and as you jump off, my string will let you gently float to the ground!

Let's try it, and while you hold onto the end string tightly, I will support you.  We'll pretend that you are standing on the edge of a cliff and I'm going to save you by lowering you to the ground.  (Stand behind the child and hold the end of the string above his head so that you can lower him to the floor).  Now jump!

What happened?  The string broke and I let you down!  You couldn't trust me could you?  It's a pity that I'm not trustworthy enough to help you?  You're right, I'm not!  But if I take this thick rope, it's strong enough to lift a car.  Will you trust me now?  You will, so climb onto the chair again and when I say, "Jump", you will float down as light as a feather!  Hold onto the rope and I will support you (Hold the rope again above the child, but let it drop as he jumps).

Are You Trustworthy?

What happened?  The rope was strong and yet I still let you down.   I'm still not trustworthy am I?  Will you trust me a third time?   I promise to not to let you fall this time.  See, my hand is over my heart, so you can really trust me!  No?  Well, you were a good sport and thanks for helping me.

Well, boys and girls, that's how it is with us.  If we let people down, they will never trust us again.  To get people to trust you, you have to be sincere and work hard to get them to like and trust you.  And then you need to make sure you always keep your word and do what you have promised.

Trustworthy Daniel:

There is a story in the Bible about a man named Daniel (Daniel 6:1-24).   King Darius had divided his kingdom into 120 states and appointed a governor to be in charge of each one.  In order to make sure his government ran properly, Darius placed three administrators over them, one of whom was Daniel.

Now Daniel did his work much better than the others, so the king decided to let him govern the whole country.  This made the other administrators and governors very jealous, so they tried to find something wrong with the way Daniel did his work.  But, they were unable to do so.  They could not accuse him of doing anything wrong, because he was trustworthy, honest and faithful.

The Dirty Law!

Finally these men said, "We will never be able to bring any charges against Daniel unless it has something to do with his religion."  And so they went before the king and said: "O King Darius, live forever!  All of your officials have all agreed that you should make a law forbidding anyone to pray any god or man except to you for the next thirty days.  Everyone who disobeys this law must be thrown into the lion's pit.  Order this law to be written and then sign it, so it cannot be changed like all the laws of the Medes and Persians!"

What a cheek they had!  Can you imagine going to your principal and getting him to make a rule so that you could get anyone you don't like expelled!  Anyway, King Darius made the law and put it into writing.

Who Cares about Stupid Laws?

When Daniel learned that this law had been published, did he care?  No, he went home to his upstairs room and prayed before his open window in the same way that he did every day!  I bet he did that deliberately so those wicked men could see him!  And so three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to God, just as he had done before.

The officials rubbed their hands in glee when they saw Daniel praying and ran to the king and shouted, "Didn't you make a law that forbids anyone to pray to any god or man except you O king, for the next thirty days?   And doesn't the law say that everyone who disobeys must be thrown into the lion's pit?" "Yes that's the law I made," replied the king, "And like all the laws of the Medes and Persians, it cannot be changed."

Into the Lion's Den!

The men pretended to be sorrowful as they gleefully told the king, "That Daniel pays no attention to you, O king!  He still prays to his God three times a day!"  When the king heard this, he was very upset and for the rest of the day tried to think of a way that he could save Daniel.

At sundown, the men returned and said, "Remember, O king, that no law that you have issued can be changed!"  So the king was forced to have Daniel thrown into the lion's pit.  As they threw him in, the king called to Daniel, "You have been faithful to your God, and I pray that He will rescue you!"

A stone was placed over the mouth of the pit, and the king sealed it with his own ring so that nobody could release Daniel.  The officials grinned and said to each other, "Well that's the end of him!" and went home chuckling to themselves over their cleverness!

God Rewards Daniel's Faith!

The king returned to his palace but could not sleep, so he spent the night tossing and turning in his bed.  At daybreak, he hurried to the lion's pit and called out anxiously, "Daniel, you faithful servant of the living God!  Has your God been able to rescue you from the lions?"

Daniel answered, "O king, live forever!  My God sent an angel and He shut the mouths of the lions to keep them from eating me.  I have never done anything wrong or hurt you, O king."

The king was overjoyed and ordered Daniel to be lifted out of the pit.   Daniel's faith in God had kept him from being harmed.  The king then ordered the men who had brought charges against Daniel be thrown into the pit together with their wives and children.  And before they even reached the bottom, the lions had ripped them to pieces!

Being Trustworthy:

Yes, Daniel was trustworthy, honest and faithful to everybody and the king could trust him fully.  But, above everything, he was faithful to God, and loved and served Him with all his heart.  In Psalm 63:23, David said:

"I am always with You, and You hold me by my right hand"

And that's a very strong hand!  How good God is!  He is completely trustworthy and we can trust Him with our lives.  Don't be like me and my string.  I was untrustworthy and let that poor child down very badly.  I wonder if he will ever trust me again?

But, what about all of you children.  Are you trustworthy, honest and faithful?  I hope you are and that people can see that you really love Jesus and serve Him with all your heart!

God bless!

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