Summary: A message about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, the challenge they faced and what it took for them to stand.
Title:Will You Stand
Theme: To show the importance of trusting in God no matter the circumstances.
Text: Daniel 3
Daniel 3:1“Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits (90 feet tall & 9 feet wide). He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2 And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps (princes), the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.”
Verse “8 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and accused the Jews. 9 They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever! 10 "You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image; 11 "and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12 "There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up."
Verse 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–Nego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 "If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 "But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."”
This is one of these stories that we have read and heard preached many times. Because of this we often times miss the principles that are so important. This morning I believe that the Lord has a message for someone in this sanctuary. I believe that there is a challenge that is laid and it is time that we stood up.
I. The Temptation vs. 3-5
A. Give in to save their position-Compromise
These men held high and lofty positions in the Babylonian kingdom.
Daniel 2:49 “Also Daniel petitioned the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed–Nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.”
In other words these men have a lot to risk. They are going places. They are moving up.
Daniel 3:2 And King Nebuchadnezzar sent word to gather together the satraps, the administrators, the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
This was just a dedication. There is no guarantee that this would be a regular event. What would it hurt just to do it this time?
Once we lose our integrity in one instance it is almost impossible to get it back. Even if it is one time.