Summary: Making a commitment to serve the Lord no matter what.
Daniel 3:16-19 KJV Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  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.  Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
I. INTRODUCTION—THE BENEFIT OF STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD
-I have to confess to you that this thought developed several weeks ago when I was working on the Little Foxes series and began to work with the concept of the spirit of fear.
-Over the years, I have again and again been drawn to the value of what takes place when we study the Word of God. It is literally the food for the soul. In a day when we are so experience driven, the Word of God speaks to us with the clarity.
-There is nothing else that can speak so clearly to us when we need to hear it the most. That is because the Word of God has some characteristics about it that no other book has.
• It is infallible (Psalm 19:7). This means it is perfect.
• It is inerrant (Prov. 30:5-6). This means that there are no errors in it.
• It is complete (Rev. 22:18-19). This means that we do not need anything else—extra revelation, another book, and so forth.
• It is authoritative (Psalm 119:89). This means that the Word is final.
• It is sufficient (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
-So when you read it systematically, devotionally, topically, and in corporate places of worship, there are great things that are added to the soul. Anytime that I look to God’s Word there are things He adds to my soul.
II. DANIEL 3
-This text that we read is perhaps one of the most familiar texts of the entire Bible. It tells the story of Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, when they refused to bow down to the image that Nebuchadnezzar had put up.
-There was something that had gotten into these young men’s hearts that attributed such an action to idolatry.
A. The Background
-This chapter comes on the heels of Daniel’s warning to Nebuchadnezzar. He had been warned that Jehovah would judge and destroy his empire but apparently he forgot that very quickly. So he built this statue covered with gold so that his subjects could bow down and worship it.
-His kingdom was well organized and well structured as we note in Daniel 3:3:
Daniel 3:3 KJV Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.