(** verses, 6:30 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, sets up an idol, and requires everyone to worship it. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refuse to worship, and are thrown into a fiery furnace. The Lord joins them in the flames, and preserves their life, and grants Nebuchadnezzar (a least for a while) the gift of repentance.
MARK & LEARN
- 3:1-3, The idol is established, and, 3:4-7, the penalty for not worshiping the idol is published.
- 3:9-12, the failure of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego to join in the required idolatry is reported to the king.
- 3:13-15, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego are brought before Nebuchadnezzar and given another chance to worship the idol. 3:16-18, the Hebrews give the good testimony to the king, trusting that the Lord can save them, and even if not, they would rather die than commit idolatry.
- 3:19-23, the furnace is lit, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego are tossed into it, but, 3:24-25, Nebuchadnezzar sees a fourth walking with the men in the furnace, and this one looks like the Son of God. We rejoice, here, that Jesus is with the men in the furnace.
- 3:26-30, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego are called out of the fire, Nebuchadnezzar confesses his faith in the true God.
- This fantastic account of the three faithful Hebrews is a reminder that the Lord can keep us through the worst of troubles. The devil tempts us to fear the one who threatens to take our life, but the First Commandment requires us to fear God above all other. It is the Lord who can protect and keep us through even the worst of situations. Jesus never promises to keep us from trouble, but He does come to us in the midst of our troubles. This is His promise, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
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