Week 32   Day 6


The golden image --

the controversy  and two clear choices 


Do what you are commanded to

            even though you don't agree with it 

or make a decision to stand alone 

            and thereby remain true

            to your own principles


This is a story of civil disobedience

involving three influential Jewish exiles

            who had been placed 
            in a position of power

            by the king of Babylon

They had an incompliant attitude


Acquiescing would have meant

            going against their conscience 


                                             religious training


Disobedience meant

            being thrown into

            a very hot furnace


God is able to save us 

            that we know 

Whether God will save us

            we do not know 


These three faithful-to-God exiles

            provided the perfect opportunity

            for God to work an amazing miracle


The king

to his credit

saw it and believed.




                          OPPOSING THE POWERS THAT BE
Three righteous and determined exiles defy the king of Babylon.
                                                    Daniel 3


     1Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold and set

it up in the province of Babylon.  2The king sent word to gather

all the officials of the provinces to the dedication of the image. 

    4Then a herald cried aloud:  "It is commanded, O peoples,

nations, and languages, 5that at the time you hear the sound of

the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all

kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image;

6whoever does not , shall be cast immediately into the midst

of a burning fiery furnace."

     8Certain Chaldeans 9said to Nebuchadnezzar, 12"There are

certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province: 

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."

     13Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage, gave command to bring

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.  So they brought these

men before the king.  14Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, 

"Is it true that you do not serve my gods or worship the image

which I have set up?  15Now if you are ready at the time you

hear the music, and fall down and worship the image, good! 

But if you do not, you shall be cast immediately into a burning

furnace.  And who is the god who will deliver you?"

     16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered, "We have

no need to answer you in this matter.  17Our God is able to

deliver us from the burning furnace, and He will deliver us

from your hand, O king.   18But if not, let it be known that we

do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image."

     19Then Nebuchadnezzar commanded that they heat the

furnace seven times more than was usual,  20and then bind

and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

     24The king was astonished;  he rose in haste and spoke,

"Did we not cast three men into the fire?   I see four men loose,

in the midst of the fire, and the fourth is like the Son of God."

     26Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the furnace and spoke,

"Come out, and come here."  27The hair of their head was not

singed, and the smell of fire was not on them.

     28Nebuchadnezzar spoke, "Blessed be the God who sent

His Angel and delivered His servants.  They have frustrated

the king's word, and yielded their bodies that they should not

serve nor worship any god except their own God!"
           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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