God had prepared the Hebrew lad's hearts for "such a time as this" (cp Esther 4:14)! They point to their open wounds, and mock me. No man is rendered wise or thoughtful by the wine-cup. Daniel does not even say to the Lord, “Cause thy face to shine upon me.” Have not you, beloved, sometimes felt that you could almost forego the light of God’s countenance yourself if he would but bless his Church? Then, also, there will be delightful fellowship. The temple was the result of great cost and vast labor: so was the church builded by the Lord Jesus at a cost which can never be estimated. Up to this point, the group known more commonly by their Babylonian names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had their faithfulness rewarded with positions of esteem and power. CAN LOOSE OUR BONDS By doing a little wrong, you learn to do yet more and more, so losing your integrity, and with it all hope of ever lifting your nose from the grindstone. They did not cringe before the king and cry, "We beseech you, do not throw us into the fiery furnace. “Lord, I’ll stand up for you as long as (pick one) A) I don’t lose my job, B) my friends don’t make fun of me, C) I still get that promotion, D) I don’t get in trouble with my boss, E) I can still have a successful career.” But God doesn’t make deals with anyone. Say, like the holy children, "We have no need to answer you in this matter" ( Daniel 3:16 ). Joshua saw him, but it was with a drawn sword in his hand, to show that his people are still a militant people (Josh 5:13, 14, 15). Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone; We need to continually do a heart check (Pr 4:23-note) because to the corrupting, destructive effects of idolatry. Smugly confident that he had dealt definitively with the 3 upstarts to his kingdom authority, but wait! It would not do us any harm if we were to take a good lesson from the example of these "three Hebrew children. Oh, for the days of zeal, the days when men counted not their lives dear to them that they might win Christ! And in case you think you don't have any idols, note Paul's sweeping definition of idolatry…, Therefore consider (aorist imperative - Do this now! Oppert felt that this was a possible site of Nebuchadnezzar's image, but there is no further evidence to substantiate this premise. Knowledge strengthens love, as well as faith. Passages like this remind us of God's great mercy to sinners. You might be wondering where Daniel fits into this story, and the simple answer is that we don't know. How intense the prayers! We have grown wonderfully tolerant in these modern days! (2Kings 18:4), Thus we see the attraction of our fallen flesh to images and the perversion of what God intended to be a good thing, but which Israel had turned into idol worship for almost 800 years! Such is our place as recognized by the word of God. And Saul said to David, "Go, and may the LORD be with you." Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes; Justice was offended by us, but found its satisfaction in him. It is a great thing to be able to call God OURS, and to say, "God is our refuge!" 2. Bad temper is always a sad blemish in disposition and conduct. 6. It is not the assurance of personal safety which gives us confidence; it is the fact that we are in God's hands, that we belong to Him, and that He is taking care of us! Why asked why he retorted "I'm not even sure if I believe in God, but in case their is one, I want Him on my side!". Singers - Oh Deliverer - YouTube, Annie Johnson Flint (click for more poems), Study of Covenant and God's Commitment to Defend His Own, Spurgeon Sermons and Devotionals on Daniel, Bowing down to images -Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 5:9, Worshipping images -Isaiah 44:17; Daniel 3:5,10,15, Worshipping other gods -Deuteronomy 30:17; Psalms 81:9-, Swearing by other gods -Exodus 23:13; Joshua 23:7, Walking after other gods -Deuteronomy 8:19, Speaking in the name of other gods -Deuteronomy 18:20, Serving other gods -Deuteronomy 7:4; Jeremiah 5:19, Worshipping the true God by an image, -Ex 32:4, 5, 6; Ps 106:19-, Worshipping the host of heaven -Deuteronomy 4:19; 17:3, Worshipping demons -Matthew 4:9-10; Revelation 9:20, Setting up idols in the heart -Ezekiel 14:3,4, Covetousness -Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5, Is changing the glory of God into an image -Romans 1:23; Acts 17:29, Is changing the truth of God into a lie -Romans 1:25; Isaiah 44:20, Is a work of the flesh -Galatians 5:19,20, Incompatible with the service of God -Ge 35:2,3; Josh 24:23; 1Sa 7:3; 1Ki 18:21; 2Co 6:15,16, Hateful to God -Deuteronomy 16:22; Jeremiah 44:4, Forget God -Deuteronomy 8:19; Jeremiah 18:15, Defile the sanctuary of God -Ezekiel 5:11, Forsake God -2 Kings 22:17; Jeremiah 16:11, Provoke God -Deuteronomy 31:20; Isaiah 65:3; Jeremiah 25:6, Are vain in their imaginations -Romans 1:21, Look to idols for deliverance -Isaiah 44:17; 45:20, Strange gods -Genesis 35:2,4; Joshua 24:20, Gods that have not made the heavens -Jeremiah 10:11, Molten gods -Exodus 34:17; Leviticus 19:4, Molten images -Deuteronomy 27:15; Habakkuk 2:18, Senseless idols -Deuteronomy 4:28; Ps 115:5-, Abominations -Isaiah 44:19; Jeremiah 32:34, Making idols for purpose of, described and ridiculed -Is 44:10,11,12,13,14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, Obstinate sinners judicially given up to -Deut 4:28; 28:64; Ho 4:17, Warnings against -Deuteronomy 4:15, 16, 17, 18, 19, Exhortations to turn from -Ezekiel 14:6; 20:7; Acts 14:15, Led to abominable sins -Ro 1:26-32; Acts 15:20, Not have anything connected with in their houses -Deut 7:26, Not partake of any thing connected with -1Co 10:19,20, Not have religious intercourse with those who practise -Josh 23:7; 1Co 5:11, Not covenant with those who practise -Ex 34:12,15; Deuteronomy 7:2, Not intermarry with those who practise -Ex 34:16; Deut 7:3, Refuse to engage in, though threatened with death -Daniel 3:18, Saints preserved by God from -1 Kings 19:18; Romans 11:4, Saints refuse to receive the worship of -Acts 10:25,26; 14:11-15, Angels refuse to receive the worship of -Revelation 22:8,9, Destruction of, promised -Ezekiel 36:25; Zechariah 13:2, Everything connected with, should be destroyed -Ex 34:13; Deut 7:5; 2Sa 5:21; 2Ki 23:14, Curse denounced against -Deuteronomy 27:15, Dreadful judgments which end in death -Je 8:2; 16:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Banishment -Jeremiah 8:3; Hosea 8:5-8; Amos 5:26,27, Exclusion from heaven -1Co 6:9,10; Ep 5:5; Re 22:15, Eternal torments -Revelation 14:9-11; 21:8, All forms of, forbidden by the law of Moses -Ex 20:4,5, All heathen nations given up to -Ps 96:5-, Led the heathen to think that their gods visited the earth in Bodily shapes -Acts 14:11, Led the heathen to consider their gods to have but a local Influence -1Ki 20:23; 2Ki 17:26, The heavenly bodies -2 Kings 23:5; Acts 7:42, Altars raised for -1 Kings 18:26; Hosea 8:11, Accompanied by feasts -2 Kings 10:20; 1 Corinthians 10:27,28, With sacrifices -Numbers 22:40; 2 Kings 10:24, With libations -Isaiah 57:6; Jeremiah 19:13, With singing and dancing -Ex 32:18,19; 1Ki 18:26; 1Co 10:7, By bowing to them -1 Kings 19:18; 2 Kings 5:18, By kissing them -1 Kings 19:18; Hosea 13:2, By kissing the hand to them -Job 31:26,27, By burning children -Deut 12:31; 2Chr 33:6; Je 19:4,5; Ezek 16:21, On high places -Numbers 22:41; Jeremiah 2:20, On the tops of houses -2 Kings 23:12; Zephaniah 1:5, Rites of, obscene and impure -Ex 32:25; Nu 25:1-3; 2Ki 17:9; Is 57:6,8,9; 1Pe 4:3, Divination connected with -2 Chronicles 33:6, Victims sacrificed in, often adorned with garlands -Acts 14:13, Practiced, in Egypt -Joshua 24:14; Ezekiel 23:3,19, Brought, out of Egypt with them -Ezekiel 23:8; Acts 7:39, 40, 41, Forbidden to practise -Exodus 20:1-5; 23:24, Often mixed up, with God’s worship -Ex 32:1, 2, 3, 4, 5; 1Ki 12:27,28, Followed the Canaanites in -Judges 2:11, 12, 13; 1 Chronicles 5:25, Followed the Moabites in -Numbers 25:1, 2, 3, Followed the Assyrians in -Ezekiel 16:28, 29, 30; 23:5, 6, 7, Adopted by the wicked kings -1Ki 21:26; 2Ki 21:21; 2Chr 28:2, 3, 4; 33:3,7, Example of the kings encouraged Israel in -1Ki 12:30; 2Ki 21:11; 2Chr 33:9, Great prevalence of, in Israel -Isaiah 2:8; Je 2:28; Ezek 8:10, A virtual forsaking of God -Jeremiah 2:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, The good kings of Judah endeavored to destroy -2Chr 15:16; 34:7, Captivity of Israel on account of -2 Kings 17:6-18, Captivity of Judah on account of -2 Kings 17:19, 20, 21, 22, 23, He is the God of the Hebrews (the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego), He is the God who sends a Savior (who sent His Angel), He is the God of great power (delivered His servants), He is the God worthy of trust (who trusted in Him), He is the God worthy of full surrender (frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies), He is the God who demands exclusive allegiance (that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God). There may be some method by which we can please you and yet keep our religion." II. And Nebuchadnezzar did a stupid thing. What's this? Such prayers show the way in which a man's mind is running, and are more full of force than unprepared expressions. Daniel 3:27: "And 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. Music can be used as a wonderful tool and treasure from the Lord or as a destructive weapon from Satan. Spurgeon comments that - You must go into the furnace if you would have the nearest and dearest dealings with Christ Jesus. is something to wake me up. “Wouldn’t it better [for the Jews] to just quickly bow down … and be able to continue being an influence for God in this pagan kingdom? If these situations arise in our lifetime, then we need to recall the principles in Daniel 3. They take a solemn delight in being numbered with the people of God, counting it an honor to be associated with Christ and His church. (Gal 1:4). I doubt that you and I fully grasp the extent of the deliverance we have in Christ. Are we so formidable? That God is the sacred third Person of the ever-blessed Trinity in Unity,-the Holy Ghost; and though we may not say that he is incarnate among men, yet we can truly say that he dwells among men. But what use are you, brother, in that body? We need to be very careful in the "gray areas" but idol worship is certainly not one of those areas. We need to remember that while God promises to take care of us, that doesn’t guarantee that standing up for what is right will turn out the way we might prefer. 18But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the golden image which you have set up.(. And Moses interceded for the people. Admire the grace which saves thee—the mercy which spares thee—the love which pardons thee! Our God is able to deliver us!" Throughout my sinful soul I feel Daniel 3:22 For this reason, because the king's command was urgent and the furnace had been made extremely hot, the flame of the fire slew those men who carried up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. God help you to come out of the scales, for many are weighed in them and found wanting (. And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived. Let him, if he can.’’ Now he forgot what he himself once owned, that their God was a God of gods and a Lord of kings, ch. (Fixed = Hebrew word meaning something brought into incontrovertible existence and figuratively conveys the idea of one who is inwardly determined to stand firm and remain steadfast), As a follower of Jesus, when everyone else is bowing to idols of pride or plenty or pleasure or possessions, etc, take your stand for righteousness, for what is right. He knows how long and how much. Beloved, when we know God's Word and obey God's Word, His Spirit will fortify us so that we too can be bold as a lion! Yes. (Ro 12:1-note, Ro 12:2-note), Daniel 3:29 "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." the various Greek OT versions add The Song of the Three Young Men, which is an effort to elaborate the men's experience of deliverance in the furnace. Christophanies (appearances of Christ) were not uncommon in the OT, one of the most dramatic occurring to Hagar who had been banished from Abram's family and was met by the "Angel of the LORD" in the wilderness…, 7 Now the Angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue, Nebuchadnezzar understood the spiritual dynamics of idolatry and was calling not just for physical bowing down to an image but for a submission of one's heart to serve his gods. To win the smile of a silly maid, to escape the jest of a coarse fellow, to win a few pieces of silver, to stand respectable among his fellow-men, he turned his back upon his Redeemer and sold his Lord; and now what can be said for him? Jealousy (Ge 37:11) led Joseph's brothers to sell him as a slave to the Midianite traders (Ge 37:26-28). The statement in Da 3:12 that "There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon" support the fact that there was little time lapse between Daniel 2 and Daniel 3. I freely feed them now It is intriguing that the Babylonian legacy of sexagesimal still survives in our day in the form of degrees (360° in a circle or 60° in an angle of an equilateral triangle), minutes (60 in an hour), and seconds (60 in a minute) in trigonometry and the measurement of time, although both of these systems are actually mixed radix. (Ps 119:67-note), It is good for me that I was afflicted, That I may learn Thy statutes. Let us have a consultation with you, O king, that we may arrange terms. Instead they cultivated brave personalities, willing to stand alone with God. The doctor smiled and, lifting his foot, showed the nurse the twelfth sponge which he had deliberately dropped to the floor. (Ibid), Pritchard - So many Christians want to make deals with God. “According to the prevailing views, no mode of religion could be tolerated which would maintain that ‘all’ the gods that were worshipped were false. Meditate on the exceeding greatness and faithfulness of divine love this evening, and so go to thy bed in peace. 2:2; Col. 3:1-3).259 The following words of Jesus must alway echo in our ears: If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. To be a bodyguard, a garrison to the body, soul, and spirit of the saint. Luke. He came of a fierce nation, and was born of a father who had been punished for his haughty spirit. by Martin Luther I rejoice in them. 2. They are henceforth called “the three holy children.”, Nor had the smell of fire - They passed the smoke test! — The Congregationalist, Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. They said: 16We have no need to answer you in this matter. you that I have nourished and brought up, that have been educated and maintained at my charge, that I have been so kind to and done so much for, you that have been in such reputation for wisdom, and therefore should better have known your duty to your prince; what! That you do not strike your foot against a stone. The Christian is called to obey—not always Nero or Nebuchadnezzar, but God evermore. Daniel 3:1 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. (Ed: And hurt himself, losing some of his best soldiers to the blaze!). Come, He has blood for all your stains, Such mystery of iniquity within, That we must loathe our very thoughts, but for the cure He hath devised — the blessed Tree The Lord hath shown us, that, cast in, can heal The fountain whence the bitter waters flow. (Ref). Note, Those that would avoid sin must not parley with temptation. Our peace is, and ever shall be, like a river. Take, then, the epistles, and see whether you can go with the apostle in what he said of his experience. The work of the martyrs has been well done; and religion in the times of martyrdom has shown itself to be all that it is desirable it should be. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415 and a little over a century later in 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses of Contention on the church door at Wittenberg, setting into motion the protestant reformation! It is one of conflict and warfare but not exactly the … Patriotism is an instinct which is found, I think, in every true Englishman, and most of the other nations of the earth can also boast of their patriots. Oh, that we may know our God by familiar fellowship with Him; for then we shall become like Him and shall be prepared to stand up for truth and righteousness. Fifth, the fourth person looked “like a son of the gods." That is our great and awesome Father! There is a legend of one in the old times, who walked the streets of Alexandria bearing in one hand a torch and in the other hand a vessel of water, crying, "With this water I will put out hell, and with this torch I will burn up heaven—that God may be served for Himself alone." By doing a little wrong, you learn to do yet more and more, so losing your integrity, and with it all hope of ever lifting your nose from the grindstone. Those are the 13 agencies responsible for 60 percent of the humanitarian aid getting through to the people in Darfur. It is impossible that any ill should happen to the man who is beloved of the Lord; the most crushing calamities can only shorten his journey and hasten him to his reward. Image (06754)(Hebrew = Tselem) is a masculine noun which means image, likeness, statue, model, a drawing, a shadow. (Daniel 3:16–18). Lord is a man of war, Jehovah is his name.” Those who enlist under His banner shall have a Commander who will train them for the conflict and give them both vigor and valor. EBC - Like Sennacherib, who had derided Hezekiah's trust in God by boasting that none of the gods of the other nations had ever been able to save their people from the might of Assyria (2Kings 18:33, cp Ps 3:2-note), Nebuchadnezzar had converted his confrontation with men into a contest with the Lord God Almighty. That is where he dwells, in that saintly woman who endures a daily martyrdom for Christ’s sake, and in that man whose holy life adorns the doctrine of God his Savior in all things. Honest doubt, if properly handled, You can find him anywhere upon the earth as the Creator; but the glory of the Godhead comes out most brilliantly in redemption, for it is of his redeemed people that it is written, “I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. The satraps, et al - These pagan leaders saw (and thus could bear witness to) a miracle in that the fire had no effect! Let us, each one, take care that we have our share in this blessed employment. Well, I will not say what kind of church they have made; but I believe that all schemes for comprehending all the saints in one visible church must fail. The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own. (7) Power in testimony. 39:7). We too need to maintain a ready recall of God's Word and His past deliverances, so that we will be motivated and enabled to remain firm in our faith when the fiery trials and afflictions come upon us unexpectedly! What have we to do with consequences? Notice that what you "bow" to (fall down and worship) will eventually be what you are "bound" to, for it will become your master and you will serve it (like a slave). This is suggested by such a prayer. Walvoord has an interesting thought writing that "Just as the reign of Nebuchadnezzar is symbolic of the entire period of the times of the Gentiles, so the deliverance of Daniel’s three companions is typical of the deliverance of Israel during the period of Gentile domination (Lk 21:24). This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International with the Whyte House Family Devotional Reading of Charles Spurgeon’s classic book Morning and Evening. ", Child of God, do you hesitate to appropriate this title? Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah stood out from the pack because of their godliness. Some will say, "Do not be imprudent." ’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue; Do not talk about baptism or the Lord's Supper, nor of joining a church, nor of being a Christian; for if you do, you will lie against your own soul. "And 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. (1Sa 17:37, cp 1Sa 17:46), In some of his last written words the apostle Paul testified that our God is able declaring…, For this reason (Always pause and ask "What reason?" Book List. Certain Jews - This phrase is used in a derogatory sense in this passage. John ~ ~ ~ ~ HENRY LAW Commentaries. What ails you, that babes and sucklings are braver than you? Settle it in your minds that-by divine grace-no loss, nor cross, nor shame, nor suffering shall make you play the coward. True faith obeys the Lord and trusts Him to work out the consequences. Nor death his soul appall. cannot understand all the prophecies, but yet we regard them with pleasure and not with dismay. We must not suppose that a holy life is always an easy one. There shall come a day when the man that was ashamed of Christ will himself be ashamed (Mk 8:38, Lk 9:26, 1Pe 4:16): he will wonder where he can hide his guilty head. Daniel 3:11 "But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. Ask the Lord to give you the strength to stand for what is right, but also the humility to avoid self-righteous grandstanding. When Daniel learned of King Darius's decree forbidding prayer to any god or man except the king himself, he proceeded with his regular manner of worship, on his knees, windows open, "just as he had done before," and was caught in the act (Daniel 6). But too many people keep questions of duty open, waiting for new light, secretly hoping that by some logical process it may become possible for them to avoid making the sacrifice, and to do the thing that now appears to be wrong. 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