Fiery Furnace


Daniel 3:

King Nebuchadnezzar made a decree to worship a gold idol —hmm sounds familiar, well anyhow he commanded the people that at the sound of the flute, lyre, harp, zither, and pipe, and the playing of different kinds of music to fall down and worship the gold image (time for reflection). Stop and think for a minute. Apostle Paul informs believers to flee from idolatry, that pagan worship violates union with Christ (1Corinthians 10:14-22, NKJV).

As the story continues King Nebuchadnezzar declared that there would be a burning hot deadly punishment (he didn’t use those words) for not following his commands as specified.

The punishment was that whoever did not follow his commands they would be thrown into a fiery furnace. That was not going to be a party where one sings” The roof is on fire we don’t care” kind of fire, it was a burning, hot coals, blazing fire that was meant to burn someone alive kinda fire. Furthermore, to make the situation worst, some instigating astrologers brought some fuel for the fire by snitching on Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego for not following the decree of serving King Nebuchadnezzar’s god and worshiping the gold image.

When they were brought to the king, they abruptly informed the king, that they were not going to follow his commands, that they would only worship and serve God and God would save them and even if He did not, they were not going to comply to the kings’ commands, so the king ordered the fire starters to pump up the heat seven times hotter. They then were well tied and thrown into the fire. Well we know the end of the story. Their faith was unshakeable, and God delivered them out of the fiery furnace. They could have said “The furnace is on fire we don’t care, because God is going to get us out of here!”

Moral of the Story: No matter how hot the fire is or whatever the circumstance keep your faith and believe that God is going to deliver you.

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