Summary: Never be afraid to stand for righteousness and truth, even if it cost you your life or livelihood!
Daniel 3:5 "[That] at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet,
flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye
fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king
hath set up:"
The children of Israel worshipped the golden calf on the way to
the promised land. They danced, and sang and the Bible speaks of
revelry going on. The music seems to accompany worship of false gods,
as well as the True God. Music prepares the heart to receive a
message. We are told over and over to worship God with songs of
praise. There is nothing wrong with music. There could be something
wrong with the type of music we listen to. To fall down and worship a
false god, is the height of abomination.
Daniel 3:6 "And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the
same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace."
We see a very similar Scripture in the following. Revelation
13:15 "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that
the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as
would not worship the image of the beast should be killed." The forced
worship of this image, here, or even the forced religion of any kind
is no good at all. Christianity is not really a religion, but a
relationship with Jesus. God wants men's hearts, not their formality
of worship. Many will fall down before this image to save their lives,
not to worship.
Daniel 3:7 "Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the
sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of
music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down [and]
worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up."
Fear of death caused them to worship this false god. It bothers
me, even today, for a person to worship, even the One True God to
avoid hell. True worship consists of loving God with everything that
is within you, and Him loving you. Anything else is far from the
Daniel 3:8 "Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near,
and accused the Jews."
Perhaps, there was some jealousy, because Daniel and his 3
friends had been raised to such a high position in the kingdom. These
Chaldeans were carefully watching, to find anything they might accuse
Daniel 3:9 "They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O
king, live for ever."
This is a statement very similar to "long live the king". They
must pay honor to Nebuchadnezzar, before they went on with their real
purpose for coming.
Daniel 3:10 "Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man
that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut,
psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and
worship the golden image:"
The king really did not need them to remind him of his decree.
This, possibly, is mentioned to him, to tell him there is no way out
of punishing these Jews.
Daniel 3:11 "And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, [that]
he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace."
The punishment had been set from the beginning for those who
would not worship this false god.
Daniel 3:12 "There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the
affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego;
these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods,
nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."
These accusers were trying to say that Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abed-nego were not honoring Nebuchadnezzar, or his image. They were
pretending to be for Babylon and the king, and they were not loyal to
him. Someone in so high a position should be leading others to carry
out the wishes of the king, not rebelling against his commands. Their
jealousy of these Jews is showing. First, they called them Jews, even
though they used their Babylonian names. This is slight indication
they wanted the king to believe they were faithful to Jerusalem, and
not to him. They, also, point out that the king had put them in their
high positions. It is as if they are saying, he should not have placed
them above Babylonians. There, also, is a progression of accusations.
First, they did not regard Nebuchadnezzar. Second, they did not
worship his gods. Third, they did not bow down to the image.
Daniel 3:13 "Then Nebuchadnezzar in [his] rage and fury
commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they brought
these men before the king."
The anger of Nebuchadnezzar was so great, it was spoken of as
rage and fury. It is interesting to me, they did not accuse Daniel.