Summary: The Fourth Man awaits you in the furnace of affliction and will preserve you from the flame of the heat. God never leaves his beloved stranded. He forever protects them from the smell of smokes. Be committed for the fire will only loosen the bondage.
EVEN IF GOD DOES NOT DELIVER US, WE STILL WILL NOT BOW. (PART 2) WHO IS THIS FOURTH MAN?
DANIEL 3: 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? 15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 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. 18 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. 19 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 seven times more than it was to be heated. 20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire killed those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, 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. 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. 27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was any hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
INTRO: EVEN IF GOD DOES NOT DELIVER US, WE STILL WILL NOT BOW. WHO IS THIS FOURTH MAN IN THE BURNING FIRE? (TEACH AND PREACH)
Review: Background To The Story Of The Three Hebrew Boys: The year is 605 B.C. and the world is in chaos. The Egyptians have attempted to invade Babylon. A young, mean, insidious, infidelous monarch named Nebuchadnezzar, soundly defeated the Egyptians. Not satisfied with his victory, he pursued them down the Sinai Peninsula. Along the way he conquered the city of Jerusalem, who had been loyal to Pharaoh instead of God. God is allowing foreign countries to abuse his people because of disobedience. The Babylonian army walked right into their temple and took the articles used to worship God. They then rounded up the best and brightest of the Jewish youths and marched them to Babylon. The plan was to train these young men for 3 years and give some of them positions in the royal court (1:3-5). Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego were among this group. The 3 years of training in Babylon was an attempt to brainwash them. Nebuchadnezzar wanted them to become so indoctrinated in Babylonian culture that they would think and act like Babylonians.