Summary: Faith in Jesus Christ.
Three men by the names of HANANIAH, MISHAEL, AND AZARIAH – were of great intelligence and upright character and also were prince’s – they were chosen for
Service in the Royal Court of the King
They were placed in training for a period of three
Years, to be taught
The Language, Customs, And learning of the Chaldeans
The King Nebuchadnezzar re – named these great guys
SHADRACH, MESHACH AND ABEDNEGO
Among the privileges these guys had during their
Training was a supply of food right from the
Kings own table….Which consisted of meats along with alcoholic beverages and so forth…
They had a friend named Daniel which was
also with them in the training and felt that they
shouldn’t eat the meats or drink the intoxicating wines and asked for the plain vegetarian food and water..
after about ten days or so they found that they were
fairing better than the others that were eating the meats
and so forth from the Kings table…
now these guys really advanced very rapidly compared to everyone else and were well prepared for the positions they were being trained for…
their training also consisted of Luxury, Idolatry, and
was filled with
SUPERSTITION AND SORCERY…
But these things never even began to turn their
Hearts from GOD!
Now if you want to talk about faith, these guys had ENORMOUS FAITH in the LORD JESUS CHRIST…
Once they were put into their positions
That they were trained for….they were expected
To obey all the rules of the kingdom…
The King had this silly rule – when you heard
The music you were to bow down and worship the Golden Image which the king had set up for this purpose.
Now this statue was 90 feet high and nine feet square at the bottom and was covered with gold from top to bottom…
This thing was so bright and shiny and tall it could be seen for fifteen miles…
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had been put
In charge of the Affairs of the Province of Babylon – This made the other Prince’s very jealous
Because of Their superior intelligence.
So they told the King that the three didn’t and wasn’t bowing at the sound of the music nor were they
Worshipping the Golden Image which the king had set up for everyone to worship to…
Now obviously this ticked off the King
(Ticked off is Hillbilly for real mad)
So it ticked off the king that they were worshipping GOD
And not his golden image – so he ordered them
To be brought before Him…..
Now you have to realize that this King has little
Or no faith in the Lord…
But praise the lord hi is really setting himself up and
GOD WILL eventually make a believer out of him…
AN OLD INDIAN ONCE SAID;
NO MAN SHOULD CRITICIZE HIS BROTHER UNTIL HE HAS WALKED IN HIS MOCCASINS!
So the king asked Shadrach, Meshach, And Abednego
If they bowed and worshipped his golden image
At the sound of the music
Now this is the part where it starts to get really good..
Use your imagination a little and try to think back
To the place and time this is taking place
Probably around 600 BC
So now the king tells them that if they are not worshipping his golden image that in the same hour, he will have them cast into the burning fiery furnace
And he wants to know who is this GOD that shall deliver you from my hands.
Now this king has no idea of the power of our God, But Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego do
They know That God can do the impossible
But He likes to be asked….
And you can guarantee that they are beginning to ask
Pretty hard at this point…
They offer no answer and further say they have no need to answer at all Their answer is
THEIR GOD IS ABLE TO DELEVER THEM
But further if our God don’t deliver us we still ain’t
Gonna worship your Golden Image
Now at this point the King is very furious and orders
The furnace heated seven times hotter than usual…
These men were bound in their coats-leggings, and
Then they were cast into the Furnace by the strongest men in the Kings army
You can figure Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Didn’t go peaceably into the FIRE AND THE HEAT
They were probably kicking and praying harder
Than ever before….
And hoping that God is listening this time for sure
The strong men that threw them in the
Furnace were killed from the heat…
Then suddenly the King looked in and was
Astonished! He saw not only the three
he had thrown in but there was a fourth man
and he was the image of THE SON OF GOD