"But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up… And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace."
(Daniel 3:18, 20 KJV)
This story of Our Awesome God's chosen people continued while the Israelites were in captivity in Babylon with King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:1-3). The king had made a golden image and wanted everyone to bow down and worship it. Those that wouldn't bow down to it were to be thrown into the fiery furnace according to the law he signed. The Chaldean astrologers, jealous of the captive Israelites who had found favor with the king, told him that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would not bow down to the golden image. They had not bowed down to it and they told the king they wouldn't which made the king very angry (Daniel 3:19).
Furious with pride and rage, King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were bound and cast into the flames. The fiery blast was so hot it killed the soldiers who had escorted them. But as King Nebuchadnezzar peered into the furnace, he marveled at what he saw: "... Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:25 KJV) Then the king ordered them out of the furnace and when they did come out they didn't even have the smell of smoke nor was anything burned on them. King Nebuchadnezzar declared their God to be the one true God and that day they got freedom for all within the king's boundaries to worship Our Awesome God.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young men determined to worship only the One true God. In the face of death they stood firm, unwilling to compromise their beliefs and faith in God. They had no assurance they would survive the flames, but they stood firm anyway.
Their story in the Bible speaks a strong word of encouragement, especially to young men and women of today. Thank Our Awesome God that they faithfully worshiped Him. How strong is your faith in God?
If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study and at 10:30 AM for Praise/Worship Service. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill