Any other reason for rebellion should be carefully weighed against Scripture and considered suspect. (1 Pet 4:12,19). Everyone is going to be put on the spot - do you obey the king? Their blood is on his hands. But God didn't take the fire away. Finally, note that Nebuchadnezzar connects the dots on why God delivered the three Hebrews. It should be clear from this passage that the king is acting less out of wisdom and forethought and more out of foolish haste. But unfortunately things have a habit of changing in this life. The king is obviously very impressed, once again, with the God of Israel. That is where things are heading. Not even a hint of fear is evident in their reply as they inform the king that their God “is able to deliver” them both out of the fiery furnace and, ultimately, out of the king’s hand. At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. intact - because one like 'a son of the gods' was with them. (Daniel 6:22). Very easy to understand since I’m English is not my 1st language it summarizes the whole book. Nebuchadnezzar was obviously, and rightfully, blown away! So let's look at that very purpose: Dan 3:24-25 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, 'Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?' Once the music began to play, the assembled rulers are commanded to “fall down and worship the golden image.” That is, the assembled rulers were to show their obedience to Babylon’s king and kingdom by bowing down (prostrating oneself) in an act, not just of homage, but of outright worship directed towards the golden image that “Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.”. Daniel 4 Bible Study: Nebuchadnezzar and the Tree of Doom! https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/19670426/christians_and_government.mp3, Should Christians Kill To Protect “Religious Liberty?”. It were well if this honour had all the saints. – These “certain Chaldeans” now come to their charge against these “certain Jews.” Specifically, three Jewish men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego who had been placed in charge to manage affairs in Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. After all, God’s people are called to obey the civil authorities and to not rebel against them. 26 “Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire.”. So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it. King Nebuchadnezzar constructs a 90-foot-tall golden statue. Daniel Chapter 3 Bible Study Lesson: When things get hot! Indeed, as Nebuchadnezzar knew, it was the “Most High” God that had delivered the Hebrews out of the fire, just as he had done in times past: “Yet the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be the people of His inheritance, as you are today.” (Deuteronomy 4:20), 27 “The satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.”. The king's command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. This chapter, chapter 3, is definitely one of those times. It were well if this honour had all the saints. The three Hebrew youths represent those tribulation saints who overcome the beast by refusing to worship his image despite the most severe consequences. It must have been an incredible scene as all under Nebuchadnezzar’s rule prostrated themselves at the orders of the king. Time: During King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign from approximately 605 B.C. 20 “He commanded certain valiant warriors who were in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in order to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire.”. A king will rule the entire earth and will unite worship unto himself. (1 Thessalonians 4:11), 29 “Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego shall be torn limb from limb and their houses reduced to a rubbish heap, inasmuch as there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.”. – Miraculously, after being inside the blazing inferno, likely for several minutes, not even their hair, or their clothes, showed any evidence of damage. Even Nebuchadnezzar’s own elite warriors could not survive being near the blazing inferno. Now there are a couple of ways to take a passage such as this - personally and prophetically. Dan 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, 'O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. – Here, the king continues his epic description of what his mortal eyes are beholding in this seemingly impossible moment. However, the only Biblical precedent for civil disobedience is when we are asked to bow or pledge allegiance to a false god (Daniel 3) or when we are asked to cease our work of the Great Commission (Acts 5:29). Because the Babylonian empire covered a vast territory, which included many lands of conquered peoples, it is understandable that this command is given to “peoples, nations, and men of every language.” In other words, the forthcoming royal command will apply to all who have gathered in the plain of Dura. “Was it not three men?” he asks. Biblical References: Dan 10. 8 “For this reason at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and brought charges against the Jews.”. 17 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king.”. As a sidenote, death by fire was apparently a common form of capital punishment employed by the king of Babylon as evidenced by Jeremiah 29:22. (In the Aramaic, this word is “shena” and usually means to change or to alter.) That is, when the sound Nebuchadnezzar’s orchestra began to play, all of the elites of Babylonian society who had assembled in the plain of Dura at the king’s command were to fall to the ground and to bow down while worshiping the golden image constructed and established by the command of King Nebuchadnezzar. Straight from the depths of the fire and into a new job ruling over the provinces of Babylon! The Bible states it was all in gold. – Nebuchadnezzar concludes his threat with a particularly stinging statement that reveals the extent of his madness by placing his temporal authority above that, not only of his own gods but also above that of the God of the Hebrews. He heated the furnace up seven times hotter and decrees that our three friends will be thrown in alive. Peter told Jesus that even if all deserted Him, he never would. Quartering soldiers or giving up property is not against God’s commandments. While the specifics of how this was done are not revealed, it is likely that the king’s officials added seven times more fuel to the flame. This passage and event constitutes a change for the lives of all Jews exiled in Babylon. Those who refused to bow down in obeisance to Nebuchadnezzar’s image were threatened with the death penalty. – Presumably, at the time that the king’s orchestra began to play. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. The fiery furnace is a picture of the torment of the great tribulation. Yet they are saved by God (8-25), prompting King Nebuchadnezzar to praise their God as the Most High (26-30). They got to see that they were upheld, loosed and free. The moment must have been incredible, not only for the king but also for the other onlookers witnessing an incredible miracle. And he will give that image power to speak and cause those that will not bow down in worship to be killed. Paying taxes is not against God’s commands. ', God: 'My child, it is my will and desire that they go through the flames - I have something for them but it is only found in the midst of the fire.'. Daniel 3:1-30 . As high-ranking officials in Nebuchadnezzar’s government, the Chaldeans had influence over the king. – These “certain Chaldeans” successfully gain access to the king’s court. There are times when Christians have to disobey the law of the land when it goes against what is being commanded by God. In fact, the only thing burnt by the flames were the ropes that the king had used to bind our three friends! When the music plays (again), the Hebrews are commanded to “fall down and worship the image.”. One religion once again! We can scarcely sufficiently admire the answer of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  ↩ Daniel is a prophetic book. This seems like the most obvious reaction anyone would have given the same circumstances. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, … The Aramaic word used here for “urgent” is the word “chatsaph,” which conveys the idea of showing insolence as well as acting in haste. That is Jesus, who is with His people through their trials. Do you go with these new laws of the land? Dan 3:26-30 So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. Although, like in the days of Daniel, there will be some that it cannot touch (more on that later). Notice that the trust in God shared by Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego led them to violate the king’s command. – Due to the king’s command for all men to bow down and worship the golden image at the sound of the king’s orchestra. 3:4-26 Daniel’s three friends were forced to decide between true and false worship. 1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits and its width six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. (For more about the Chaldeans, see our commentary notes on Daniel 1:4). Please read the following footnote to see this important point. TrueRichesRadio.com (Formerly Jerry Robinson Ministries International) - (877) 96-FAITH. One amazed king and three thankful believers. I don't give you the money until we approach the ticket office. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, and the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:2), 28 “Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God.”, – Upon witnessing the miraculous deliverance of the three Hebrews, King Nebuchadnezzar responds with vocal praise to the Hebrew God. You know that to do so will break the first two commandments in that you should not have any other 'gods' or idols.  ↩ Commitment is becoming a rare quality in this age (in the west at least). Maybe not in the same extent because we would consider ourselves slightly more 'civilized' but the times they are a changing and the picture given in Daniel 3 is where things will end up under the coming world ruler. Enter your email address below for email updates from the True Riches Radio. – According to the accusers, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego failed to comply with the king’s new edict to fall prostrate and pay homage to the king’s golden image when the orchestra began to play. This act of raising the temperature reveals that the king had lost his temper and was acting in an irrational manner. . Things seem to be moving from being influenced to being persecuted. In the West however it is a recent development where the laws of the land are coming into conflict with the laws of God. As we will see, this ancient act of civil disobedience by these three brave Jewish men is instructive to God’s people. We also meet three men who are truly ‘profiles in courage.’ One of the central themes of this book is the absolute sovereignty of God and his love for his people.  So what was God's purpose for the flames? I command the flames to be gone in Jesus name! – After the three Hebrews fall into the blazing fiery furnace, the king is so startled by something that he sees in the furnace that he actually stands up “in haste.” Once again, note this singular emotion of “haste” that the Bible explains as driving the king’s actions. – Enraged by the defiant response of the three Hebrews, the king’s countenance changed against them. An officer in the US army was recently court marshaled for refusing to remove a scripture that he had put up. 24 “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.”. – Their reply implies no hesitation to obey God’s commands over those of the king. Of course, the fact that their bodies are covered in flammable clothing, including undergarments, trousers, stockings and shoes, and even their hats also serves to intensify the miracle that is about to occur. Chapter 1 was composed (in Aramaic) at this time as a brief introduction to provide historical context, introduce the characters of the tales, and explain how Daniel and his friends came to Babylon. (Acts 5:28) The Apostle Peter’s response mirrors that of these three Hebrews when he exclaims: “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) Sadly, many Christians have greatly twisted this defiance to authority by applying it to other perceived injustices perpetrated by kings. ', Prayer Group: 'Oh Lord, don't let your faithful servants be thrown in the fire... please, think of their families! So too, all of the king’s men, including the “satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials” (see commentary note on Dan. – In an incredible turn of events, God’s intervention on the behalf of his chosen people turns the heart of the king of Babylon. Biblical References: Dan 11. While this is speculation, knowing the pride of Nebuchadnezzar it's probably on the money. The false prophet shall setup an image that the entire earth has to worship. Probably couldn't believe his eyes but one thing he knew for sure is that the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego was unlike any other 'god' he had come across before! Led by Christian thinker/writer/speaker, Jerry Robinson. to enjoy success and to advance in their calling). – There is almost a tinge of disbelief in Nebuchadnezzar’s tone, indicating that he seeks to avoid an embarrassing encounter where his own government appointees are flagrantly disobedient to his most recent command. He answered by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.”. Daniel chapter 3 is a well known and well loved chapter in the Bible. So it seems that the king has already forgotten about the God of Daniel and his friends that he was introduced to in chapter 2. – The king’s faithful court ministers confirm to Nebuchadnezzar that indeed he had ordered exactly three men to be cast into the blazing fiery furnace. Your email address will not be published. Daniel 3 does not commend a transactional relationship, a manual on how to survive in tough times. Just as Daniel, who is completely absent from this whole scene, represents the Church that is removed before the tribulation comes upon the earth. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. What's going to happen to these three little worms that don't want to go along with this new one world religion? – The three Hebrews are brought in before the furious king. When will you ever learn? 3 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Many of those in attendance likely had long journeys as they came from various regions of the vast Babylonian empire. (Num. In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. Three weeks early? – The three Hebrews are not sent away to live in exile due to their extreme act of civil disobedience. The third chapter of the book of Daniel opens with another epic act of government tyranny committed by King Nebuchadnezzar. 23 “But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up.”. It is noteworthy that the text does not imply that the common people were summoned by the king to this dedication event. Would this last? When they appear before them, he tests them. Proud men are still ready to say, as Nebuchadnezzar, Who … "THE BOOK OF DANIEL" Chapter Three Nebuchadnezzar builds a large image of gold, demanding all to worship it (1-7). They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. This theme runs through both the books of Daniel and Revelation.. I know not whether I should say. These Hebrews, nor the Apostles, would have rebelled against the authority over tax rates or perceived governmental excesses. Daniel Chapter 10 [1990s] STREAM. And yet, the alarmed king, after peering into the fiery furnace, asks his high court ministers to reaffirm the number of men that he himself had just condemned to death. Why then should it not be expected that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego should have survived after falling into the flames? – The point here is clear. Daniel's three companions, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who were present, being observed to refrain from this idolatrous worship, were accused before the king; who, in great wrath, commanded them to comply with his orders on pain of death, Daniel 3:8-15. The God of the Hebrews made a public display of His power in front of the mightiest king in the world, and before all of his officials. It could even have been in his own image. Therefore I decree that the people of any nation or language who say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be cut into pieces and their houses be turned into piles of rubble, for no other god can save in this way.' I would suspect that the times when you have experienced God the most have come in the midst of fiery ordeals. 21 “Then these men were tied up in their trousers, their coats, their caps and their other clothes, and were cast into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire.”. This story is a fitting illustration of the cosmic battle between good and evil which is taking place in our world today. 3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide,  and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He exists to bless them. How about you come on in where we are!' – So too, the extraordinary heat emitting from the blazing fiery furnace is a perfect picture of the king’s wrath towards the disobedient Hebrews. Attempting to force pastors to officiate at gay weddings. – Indeed, “all” of the gathered rulers and elites from all nations and languages bowed themselves down to the ground and did acts of worship to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. Great speech! Dan 3:26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, 'Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out!  ↩ What they did in the midst of this fiery ordeal is what Peter tells us to do: '...don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you... if you are suffering according to God's will, keep on doing what is right, and trust yourself to the God who made you, for he will never fail you.' So it is with God. Seems like something big is on the way! For example, the American revolutionaries defied King George III over tax rates. But this has been increasing and changing fast. So how do you think the king would respond? – All of Babylon’s elite citizens are summoned to the plain of Dura for the “dedication” of the image of gold. – Here, we see the three fully-clothed Hebrews are bound by their captors. Indeed, the dimensions of this image (60 cubits H x 6 cubits W) are remarkably similar to that of an obelisk, which was an extremely common pagan symbol used in ancient religious rites and ceremonies. If this is not yet clear. The observers did not even smell fire coming from what should have been their roasted bodies. 6 “But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.”. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9b-11). But as we will discover soon, that is about to change. Coercing Christian colleges to accept homosexual behavior or lose government aid. – Once they arrived, all of those invested with power by the king stood in front of the massive gold image set up by the king. Namely, the king directly threatens all of the gathered elites with an immediate and excruciating death if they fail to fall to the ground and worship the king’s golden image at the sound of his orchestra. v1 I, King Nebuchadnezzar, send this message to everyone in the world. What is Nebuchadnezzar doing? “Blessed” is translated from the Aramaic word “berak,” literally meaning to kneel and bless. He can, and sometimes does, but in my experience he usually has a purpose in letting people go through the fire. Perhaps the emphasis upon their garments here is to suggest that they were seized in haste. No doubt, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego stand as a type of this group that in the last days will be similarly protected. That the king gives this task into the hands of some of his most elite military officials perhaps suggests two things: 1) That the king feared divine reprisal from his action and wanted his most proficient warriors at hand and 2) that he trusted them to be able to carry out this execution despite the extreme (sevenfold) heat that was emitting from the furnace. – This verse explains that all of those who were summoned by King Nebuchadnezzar indeed come and are gathered together (“assembled”) to faithfully appear at this dedication event. Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Will they comply? It should be stressed that there few other instances where a political ruler had so much power and authority that he could realistically threaten every elite ruler in his domain with a horrific death for failing to bow down to a mere object upon his orders. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. Ultimately, the exact instruments that were used are difficult to discern as many of the words used for each of the instruments that appear in this verse appear nowhere else in their exact form within the Hebrew Bible. The diligent student of the prophecies of the Bible will find all manner of gems in this chapter.  ↩ Probably said this story before but I like it. – After the king’s bold threat, the orchestra begins to play. After all, the king had never witnessed any other so-called god deliver his adherents in the way that the Hebrew God had been able to deliver his own people. (Read Daniel 3:8-18) True devotion calms the spirit, quiets and softens it, but superstition and devotion to false gods inflame men's passions. Nope. You would think that they would fall somewhat silent as they contemplated how to respond to such a threat but they spoke immediately with grace yet firm resolve and faith. Biblical References: Dan 12 In addition to these audio and video commentaries, you … Our friends placed no such conditions on God - deliverance or not, God is good and worth obeying! Title: The title of the book comes from the name of its chief character and author. Learn how your comment data is processed. They were able to experience His protection, fellowship and peace when circumstances would state otherwise! Specifically, that if anyone failed to “fall down and worship” the king’s golden image when the music began to play, he should be “cast into the midst” of a blazing fiery furnace. – However, if Nebuchadnezzar’s offer of a second chance to prove their loyalty is refused by these three Hebrews, the king makes their fate crystal clear. There is an interesting irony here as King Nebuchadnezzar (who in his madness will literally roam the earth as a beast himself as described in Daniel 4) threatens all who fail to worship his authority by paying homage to his “image” will face a fiery furnace. Many questions must have plagued those looking on, including: How are these men still alive? 9 “They responded and said to Nebuchadnezzar the king: “O king, live forever!”. (Remembering that the number 6 is the number of man). 3:2) assembled around the three Hebrews that had emerged from the blazing fiery furnace. How are they walking around unharmed in the “midst” (or center) of the blazing furnace? Daniel chapter 3 is a well known and well loved chapter in the Bible. Note also the extent of this decree - whatever is happening here with the proclamation and decree is going to affect all peoples and men of every language. However, the dedication of this gold image is not made in God’s honor, but in man’s honor. The king’s subjects have their orders. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.”. In the last days, 144,000 Jewish males will be set aside by God and will have His seal in their forehead. incoming searches: Daniel Chapter 3 Commentary, Daniel 3 Commentary, Book Daniel Bible Study, book of daniel bible study, fiery furnace. (Read all of Daniel 3) Verse 1  Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. After gathering all of the top political rulers and leaders from the surrounding regions under Babylonian control, Nebuchadnezzar commands them to fall down (“nephal”) and prostrate themselves on the ground in the ultimate act of homage (“segid”) to his solid gold image. 14 “Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?”. So the king's thought is to unite religious belief in the worship of his image! In the last days, this shall happen again as we read in Revelation 13:11-18. After all, the three Hebrews, that had been cast into the fire — the same fire that had killed the king’s elite officials who were tasked with executing the Hebrews — emerged apparently unscathed: “the fire had no effect” on their bodies. In this chapter, we discover what it means to take a stand for the Lord and to refuse to compromise with the gods of this world. 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