Summary: A message about the three Hebrew children in the firey furnace.
THE HARMLESS FURNACE
INTRO: In our day, we find it hard to follow Christ’s teaching, and walk with Him daily. We are ashamed of Jesus, it seems, and we won’t take a stand for Him.
Today, we want to look at three men who were not afraid to take a stand for their God and who were severely punished for their stand. But no harm came to them because their God was with them.
Some will say, but preacher, you don’t understand. It’s not the same for me as it was for them. You are right. It was harder for them.
I. THE KING CHOOSES THEM TO SERVE.
They were chosen to serve in the palace to be taught the
ways of the Babylonians (1:4). Their names were changed to
Babylonian names. They refused to defile themselves with
the customs of the Babylonians.
Nebuchadnezzar built an idol. He issued a decree that
everyone not bowing down would be cast into a furnace. The
three refused to bow down.
THEY WOULDN’T COMPROMISE THEIR BELIEFS. Because of
their unpopular stand in their sinful world, Jesus was with
They were cast into the furnace. It was heated seven times
greater than normal. The men that threw them in are
consumed by the fire. The king sees a fourth man. They all
II. WE NEED THE SAME FAITH TODAY.
We need more Christians with the faith of these three. If
we were as loyal to Jesus, He would be with us, too. The
problem in our world is compromise. We will be consumed in
the fire because of our compromise.