Fiery Furnace

The Fiery Furnace, a story told by Daniel. Where King Nebuchadnezzar had a gold statue built, ninety feet high by nine feet wide, and he had it set up in the plain of Dura. The province of Babylon for all to bow down and worship. If any failed to obey, they would be thrown into the fiery furnace, no matter who they were. Then king Nebuchadnezzar gave orders for all his officials to come together; the princes, governor, commissioners, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the other officials of the provinces. They were to attend the dedication of the statue which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. When all these officials gathered for the dedication and stood in front of the statue, a herald announced in a loud voice, “People of all nations, races, and languages!

You will hear the sound of the trumpets, followed by the playing of oboes, lyres, zithers, and harps; and then all the other instruments will join in.
As soon as the music starts, you are to bow down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has built. Anyone who does not bow down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing fiery furnace.” As soon as they heard the sound of the instruments, the people of all nations, races, and languages bowed down and worshiped the gold statue which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

It was then that some Babylonians took the opportunity to denounce the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May Your Majesty live forever! Your Majesty has issued an order. As soon as the music starts, everyone must bow down and worship the gold statue, and that anyone that does not bow down and worship the statue will be thrown into a blazing furnace. There are some Jews, who you have put in charge of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who are disobeying Your Majesty’s orders. They refuse to worship your god or bow down to the statue.”

king Nebuchadnezzar became furious and ordered the three men to be brought before him. He said to, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, I hear that you refuse to worship my god and bow down to the gold statue I have set up, Is it true? Now then, as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, oboes, lyres, zithers, harps, and all the other instruments, bow down and worship the statue. If you do not, you will immediately be thrown into a blazing fiery furnace. Do you think there is any God who can save you?”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered, “Your Majesty, we will not try to defend ourselves. If the God who we serve do not save us from the blazing furnace and from your power, then we know He can. But even if he doesn’t, Your Majesty be sure of this, that we will not worship your god, and we will not bow down to the gold statue that you have built.”

Then Nebuchadnezzar lost his temper, and his face turned red with anger at Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So he ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than usual. And he commanded the strongest men in his army to tie the three men up and throw them into the blazing furnace. So they tied them up, fully dressed—shirts, robes, caps, and all—and threw them into the blazing furnace. Now because the king had given strict orders for the furnace to be made extremely hot, the flames burned up the guards who took the men to the furnace. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, still tied up, fell into the heart of the blazing fire.

Suddenly Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement. He asked his officials, “Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the blazing furnace?”
They answered, “Yes, we did, Your Majesty.” “Then why do I see a fourth man walking around in the fiery pits?” he asked. “They are not tied up, and they show no sign of being singed and the fourth one appears to be an angel.” So Nebuchadnezzar went up to the door of the blazing furnace and called, “Shadrach! Meshach! Abednego! Servants of the Most High God! Come out!” And they came out at once. All the princes, governors, lieutenant governors, and other officials of the king gathered to look at the three men, who had not been burned by the fire. Their hair was not burned, their clothes were not singed, and they lacked the smell of smoke on them.

The king said, “Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel and rescued these men who served and trusted him. They disobeyed my orders and put their lives at risk, rather than bow down and worship another god except the one and True Living God.

“And now I command that if anyone of any nation, race, or language speaks disrespectfully of the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, he is to be torn limb from limb, and his house will to be made into a pile of rubble. There is no other God who can rescue like this.” and the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to a higher position in the province of Babylon.

In today’s time we feel as though we are sometimes in a fiery furnace because of the circumstances with face from day to day. That is not for the one and only true God, we would parish. But the grace of God sees us through each and every trial we endure. Some because of our own foolishness. Even in the midst of everything God is still just and faithful to us. We should practice being more like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, They believed God could do anything, even if He didn’t do it. These situations are considered a trial of our faith. Leaving us to decide whether we are going to stand on God’s word, or crumble like the fickled, finite saints that we are.

Encourage Yourself: A firm stand on any issue requires true conviction. You have to believe that what you are standing firm on is the most righteous position you can think of. Without true conviction you will be detoured by a persuasive argument to give up your position. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood their ground for the sake of God, and because of that firm righteous position. God stepped in to help, and you can always count on God.

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