Delivered From the Fire

Daniel 3:19 – 30

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. 20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 22 Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

King Nebuchadnezzer made good on his threat.  When the Hebrews declared that they would not bow to the king’s image, he had the furnace heated much hotter than ever, had them bound, and then had them thrown into the furnace.  The fire was so hot that those who threw them in died instantly.  The thing to see here is that those who sought to harm the Hebrews–who were standing with the true God–were harmed themselves.  Don’t mess with God’s people!

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?”

They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”

25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.

In addition to the men dying who threw in the Hebrews, Nebuchadnezzer was astonished at the fact that, instead of three bound men, there were four loose men walking in the fire.  And the fourth looked like the Son of God!  The king called to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to come out of the furnace.  They were completely unharmed, not even singed by the heat!  When the enemy comes against you, know that God will walk with you.  The Hebrews stood for God Jehovah, and then He stood with them.  Whatever fire you are walking in today, you are not alone.  God is there in the midst of the fire.  Most everyone has heard the song “Through the Fire” by the Crabb Family.  The words, “Just hold on, our God will show up, and He will take you through the fire again,” are a reminder that no matter what you face, deliverance comes when you believe.

28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.”

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon.

A neat result of this miracle was the fact that Nebuchadnezzer recognized the power of God and decreed that no one should speak a word against Him, or they would be destroyed.  Once again, God proved His superiority and power over all things.  The deliverance from the fire showed Who the True God was and is still!

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