The Fiery Furnace

While the attitude and nation seems to be turning on Christians, it is easy to get discouraged.  But God keeps reminding me this is the time for Him to do great works and show His power as God.  It is in the hopeless situations that God shines best.  Be faithful; keep praying; Sunday’s coming.

Let us go back again to the book of Daniel.  Today, through the eyes of a child, we will see Daniel’s friends take their stand and risk it all in honor of God.

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King Nebuchadnezzar was at it again.  He had erected a statue and declared this order:

“People of all nations, races, and languages! When you hear the sound of the horn, the pipe, the lyre, the trigon and drum and all the musical instruments, you are commanded to bow down and worship the golden statue King Nebuchadnezzar has set up in the plain of Dura. Whoever hears the sound of the horn, the pipe, the lyre, the trigon and drum and all the musical instruments, and does not fall down and worship the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up in the plain of Dura – they shall be thrown into the fiery furnace.”

And so, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, the pipe, the lyre, the trigon and drum and all the musical instruments the people of all nations, races and languages fell down and worshiped the golden statue King Nebuchadnezzar had set up in the plain of Dura.

All except Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.  They worshipped God alone.

One day under the hot sun, the king’s magicians, sorcerers and wisemen saw that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not fall down and worship the golden statue (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were the Babylonian names King Nebuchadnezzar had given Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah).  They were jealous of the three because they knew that God was with them. This was a perfect chance to get rid of them.

And so the magicians, sorcerers and wisemen reported to the King the failure of the three to bow down to the King’s statue.

King Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage.  

“If you do not fall down and worship the golden statue I have set up in the plain of Dura, you shall be thrown into the fiery furnace! Who do you think can save you?”

“The God of heaven can save us,” answered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. “His power is greater than yours, and he can save us from your fiery furnace. But even if he chooses not to save us, we will not worship your god, or bow down before the golden statue you have set up in the plain of Dura.”

The King ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be throw in the fiery furnace. When the fiery furnace was blazing seven times hotter than ever before, the king’s men tied up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – in their shirts, their robes, and caps and all – and threw them into the fire.

The fire was so hot, it burned up the mighty men who threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into it.

Suddenly, King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet.

“Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the blazing fire?” he asked his magicians, sorcerers and wisemen.

“Yes we did,” said the magicians, sorcerers and wisemen.

“Then why do I see FOUR men – walking around in the fire!” The king said, “They are not tied up, and they are not hurt – and one of them looks like a god!” (Well, it WAS God, as a matter of fact, the one true God!)

So King Nebuchadnezzar went to the door of the fiery furnace and called out, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the One True God! Come out!”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stepped out of the fiery furnace.

All the magicians, sorcerers and wisemen gathered around them in complete amazement. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not hurt by the fire in any way! Their hair was not singed, and their clothes were not burned. There wasn’t even the smell of smoke on them.

King Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He has sent his angel and rescued the men who serve him so faithfully! They disobeyed my orders and did not fall down and worship the golden statue I have set up in the plain of Dura. They risked their lives. They would not worship any other god except their God, and their God has saved them.”

And then King Nebuchadnezzar commanded, “Listen people of all nations, races and languages! Whoever speaks disrespectfully of the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be made a pile of ruins!” (You didn’t want to mess with King Nebuchadnezzar!)

“There is no God who can save like the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!!”

There is no god like God.  Many around us may be making their own gods, but they are not God.  With all the criticism coming our way, it can be tempting to accept what the world is saying about The Father and The Son; it can be tempting to change the Word of God to seem more “accepting and tolerant”; however if we were to do this we would be essentially bowing down to a worldly god and not the God, our God.

Let this also be a reminder that we are not alone.  Just as these three had God by their sides, we to have God by our sides.  He is the victor.  He will come out on top.

Again, don’t loose faith, don’t stop praying, Sunday’s coming; I promise you, Sunday’s coming.

To some, what is going on in the world today is a far stretch from the stories found in Daniel.  All I got to say is……wait for it…you’ll see.

Blessings,

Missy

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2 thoughts on “The Fiery Furnace

  1. My facebook account: Emmanuel Tio

    This account has an I. D. picture and clouds in the background of the website.

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