> "THE BOOK OF DANIEL" Faith In The Face Of Fire (3:1-30) INTRODUCTION 1. It is the pull towards conformity, to align your attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors with those around you. This story is so special to us because it teaches that taking a stand for God always pays off in the end. 1) We must learn that when we stand up for what is right, some will oppose us. At that time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. S.M.A may seem a little disrespectful but that is because what was under the surface trying to push its way up and burst out was their loving allegiance to their God. A Time to Disobey Daniel 3. Nebuchadnezzar thought that what mattered the most, what was most ultimate was absolute allegiance to him. Animal Parade Daniel 7. Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego over the administration of the province of Babylon, while Daniel remained at the royal court. 5) They are in a strange country where strange customs prevail. They sang the song of Moses and the lamb. Whoever does not fall down and worship will that same hour be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.”. Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. There are certain Jews whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego—those men pay no heed to you, O king. They stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 7) Are we prepared to live by faith regardless of what may come our way? 9) They were willing to be tried by fire literally to prove their personal principles. Those who support the sin of homosexuality would have us bow down to their idol. The "astonishment" of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:24 is made an argument for its genuineness, as if it explained the cause of his astonishment, namely, "they walked in the midst of the fire praising God, but the angel of the Lord came down into the oven" ( Daniel 3:1 and Daniel 3:27 of the Apocryphal addition). You, O king, made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, must fall down and worship the golden image, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. What is under the surface will push its way up and burst onto the surface. They do not serve your gods, nor will they worship the golden image that you have set up.”, There are certain Jews whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego—those men pay no heed to you, O king. 3) And sometimes, those who oppose us will become our allies. I bet there pats on the back to go around and lots of head-shaking, that head-shaking that says, “things are going to be different now.” I am sure Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were so grateful that there friend did not forget them and got them a sweet job in the government. The crowds are not just swearing politically loyalty, this is about worship. Even though we may not agree we go with the flow because, Who wants to be singled out (somebody else’s weirdo), Illustrate the idea: Have you ever played in a swimming pool and tried to hold a beach all under the surface? The King’s Command – Daniel 3:1-7 The chapter begins with King Nebuchadnezzar erecting a statue and the commanding everyone to bow down to it. Let me begin reading in chapter 3 Daniel 3:1-2, 4-6 The sermon this morning is entitled “Drawing a line in the sand”. Daniel knew that when he wrote his stories and there is a bit of irony in this story. He exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and he makes the earth and all those who dwell in it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. Well maybe that promotion did not lead to such a rosy outcome. (Daniel 3:29)We live in an age of increasing religion and decreasing faith.On the one hand, the "business" of religion is booming. a. CONCLUSION: [ conclusion of this daniel 3 sermon ], 1. Those who support the sin of abortion would have us bow down to their idol. The Ones Who Would Not Worship that Image (. 5) The Bible teaches that there are some truths worth dying for. In this chapter, the word worship occurs 11 times, the word serve occurs 5 times, a total of 16 usages to hammer home the point that this is about a man trying to command the spiritual allegiances of other mens hearts to a false god. The men that will win. See Romans 12:1-2. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. The Crowd Notices Some Rogue Elements (3:8-12). 2) We’ve come to chapter three which is the story of the fiery furnace. 3 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2) However, we can prevail through faith. And they are singing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and wonderful are Your deeds, ! 3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, [] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. The prophets foretold of their being tried, proved, and tested. is primarily about Babylon’s political leaders pledging allegiance to this image Daniel had made. Nebuchadnezzar sees the angel of the Lord: the king of Israel Yeshua (24-25). OBJECTIVE: That each one would be motivated to stand strong in the face of trial and overcome through faith. Not a hair of their head was singed, nor were their robes scorched, nor was there a smell of fire on them. Daniel 3:1–7 TLV King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. 2) They lived by their faith. In Dan 1, we were introduced to three companions of Daniel: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego...a. I. They were not as high up as Daniel but they had some leadership responsibility and some status. Whoever does not fall down and worship will that same hour be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.” Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and pipes, and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and languages fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. I. 4) Are there any truths today worth dying for? Then King Nebuchadnezzar summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the authorities of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Possibly the place where the image was constructed. He asked his ministers, “Didn’t we cast three men bound into the middle of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Surely, O king.” But he answered saying, “Look! But If Not Daniel 3:17-18. SermonAudio.com - Daniel 3 Sermons. Turn-it and turn-it everything you need is in it. Like Daniel, they were young men taken from Judah into captivity and trained to serve before the king - Dan 1:6-7 b. Then I saw another great and wonderful sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven plagues—the last ones, for with them God’s wrath is finished. 2. Where won’t you cross and what won’t you do? Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and leapt to his feet. The Septuagint, the Greek Translation of the Old Testament, says Daniel 3 took place in the 18thyear of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign (587-586 B.C.). At that time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth through the signs he is permitted to perform, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image in honor of the beast who has the sword wound yet lived. We learn about…, The Church Before Pentecost – In Prophecy (2), Crucifixion of Jesus - The Nature and Purpose of the Crucifixion, Instrumental Music in Worship Is Sabotaging Your Walk With God, Elders in the Bible | Ordaining Elders in the Church, Sermon on Zacharias | 3 Powerful Lessons You Need to Know, God's Unforgettable Call of Abraham - God's Call and Promise, Sermon on the Mind of Christ - The Mind of Christ. I see four men walking about unbound and unharmed in the middle of the fire, and the fourth has the appearance like a son of the gods!” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and exclaimed, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, servants of the Most High God, come out and come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out from the middle of the fire. You might even say the ball is “restless” when it is held under the water. Transition: The story does not end here, it does not end with the crowd pulling everyone into its flow. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. The Three Hebrew Children Lived by Faith. He had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. THE MEN WHO KEPT THEIR TESTIMONIES. He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than it was normally heated and commanded some of the mighty men in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire. The pull of the crowd is the path to perdition. When the satraps, administrators, governors and royal ministers had gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men. 4) The three Hebrew children were captured in Jerusalem and taken here as captives, slaves, eunuchs. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:19-30. I. 3) Nebuchadnezzar called them out of the furnace. The great image of gold in the plain of Dura. This essay is both a historical and expository treatment of Daniel 3. And so no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark—either the name of the beast or the number of his name. a. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “You are commanded O peoples, nations and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Other nations, who believed in more than one god, simply added this idol to their list of deities to be worshipped. Power and its irresistible influence were thick in the air at Corinth. 6) So today we too must walk by faith especially in trying times. A sermon by Bob Wade titled "Faith vs. And remember what we learned in the Daniel Chapter 2 sermon. a. 3) Nebuchadnezzar was also conquered. I have no doubt in my mind these are faithful Jewish believers and non-Jews who have learned to walk out their faith in a Jewish context. Then the satraps, administrators, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the authorities of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected. 2) By faith we can overcome the world as well. They do not serve your gods, nor will they worship the golden image that you have set up.”, Rather than going with the flow of the crowd go rogue because the pull of the crowd is the path to perdition. If it is so, our God whom we serve is able to save us from the furnace of blazing fire and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. - unveiling the realities around us for what they really are.” (p. 39 [brackets mine]). Refresh the irony definition: “Irony is the hygiene of the mind.”, which is translated “the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men”, James Smith, “Apocalyptic literature is a genre of Scripture that tries to get us to see (or see, ) the empires that constitute our environment in order to see them for what they really are. It. Therefore I hereby decree that any people, nation or language that says anything slanderous against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego will be torn limb from limb and their house made a pile of rubble, because there is no other god that is able to deliver in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in the province of Babylon. 1) What happened next literally amazed the old king. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Daniel 3:16-18 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE COMMITMENT THAT WINS" Intro: The setting of the text. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and leapt to his feet. Turn-it and turn-it the Messiah is in it.”. We are going to explore this today in our passage from, Grab your copy of the Scriptures and say it with me like you mean it, “Ha-foke-bah, Ha-foke-bah, De-cola-bah. Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage and the appearance of his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These Jewish men, and us I hope, recognize that the pull of the crowd is really just the pull towards conformity. A. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Memory Verse: Daniel 3:17-18 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand O king. 1) We have those in our society who want us to bow down to their idols as well. Lets look at that. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “You are commanded O peoples, nations and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 2) They brought the accusation before the king regarding Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. They defied the king’s edict and gave up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. He did not understand that Adonai will not share his glory with any other being. 2) This could potentially have been around 14000 degrees Fahrenheit. The irony is that the crowds will worship anything to escape the fiery furnace of the king all the while not noticing that by showing allegiance to a false god they are on the path to perdition. So they brought these men before the king. 3) The men who threw them into the fire were consumed by the heat. They chose instead to be transformers of wrong to right. The King Who Went Crazy Daniel 4. Trials" from our "Daniel: Faith Under Fire" series. b. c. It was Jehovah’s messenger/angel (verse 28). 1. Not a bad job at all. Then what god will be able to deliver you out of my hands?”. This is a sermon based on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were thrown into the Fiery Furnace for not worshipping the statue of Gold in Daniel 3:1-10. 3) And they were willing to die for their faith. He would not bow down to the image of Rome in the face of death and neither would he compromise his mission when the crowds pressed in hard upon him. Intro: This is one of those chapters in the Bible that we have been hearing since we were small children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. It's a powerful force that can take the form of overt social pressure or subtler influences. The second beast was permitted to give life to the image of the first beast, so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause all who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. The World According to God Daniel 2. This is not just a story that unmasks reality it is a plot that predicts. At the time of the music bow down to the image. The crowds waste no time doing what they are told. 1) They said that their God would deliver them, but even if He would not, they still refused to bow down. S.M.A would have nothing to do with this. All the nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed!”. I see four men walking about unbound and unharmed in the middle of the fire, and the fourth has the appearance like a son of the gods!”. They spoke up and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! Or, are you being pulled by the crowd onto their path. At that time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and pipes, and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and languages fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Fire represents persecution, trial, torment, affliction, of whatever sort, under its fiercest aspect; for fire consumes, devours, destroys, causes to disappear. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. Here is wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number of a man, and his number is 666. What great lessons we have in this chapter of Daniel. Daniel does not forget those who helped him get to the top. If what you love is material things, if what you love is comfort, or security, or power, or influence you will not be able to keep it down it will pop up to the surface when the pressure of the crowd is upon you. They spoke up and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! The men who will get the job done. I think of martyrdom throughout church history where the people of God where faced with similar prospects; that is abandon your confession or die. He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than it was normally heated. Daniel 3 suggests that the king determined to solidify his dominion by unifying the many races and nations under his rule with a common religion and object of worship. Now, at the beginning of chapter 3 others must bow (3:5, 6, 11, 15). He does not forget about his three Jewish compatriots who prayed with him and received revelation from God with him. is historically at the end a rebellion that almost brought down Nebuchadnezzar. - the reality is that he is not the sovereign one but a servant to THE SOVEREIGN ONE. Elizabeth Bibesco famously said, “Irony is the hygiene of the mind.” Irony keeps the mind healthy and on its toes. B. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2. Date written: September 2nd, 2007Bible Text: Daniel 3:1-7. Daniel 3:25 This narrative may be assumed to set forth in lively type or emblem the security of God's saints in the hour of their greatest peril, together with the reason of that security. It is one of those passages that we often neglect in our search for “deeper truth” in the Bible. In addition, Nebuchadnezzar never acknowledges what the narrator asserted in the opening verses of the book: God gave him the victory over Judah and Jerusalem (1:1-2). Men of commitment are men of accomplishment. The Accusation about certain Jews (3:9-12), They don’t pay attention to you (12a) - They Don’t Walk in the Advice of the Wicked (, They don’t serve your gods (12b) - They Don’t Stand in the Way with Sinners (, They don’t worship the image (12c) - They Don’t Sit with Scoffers (. Regardless of what lies ahead of them. 1) He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times as hot. The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace. 2) Not only were the three alive, but there was a fourth figure with them that he likened to a son of the gods. And, Daniel, well Daniel was the lead on this one so the King brought him up to the highest arena of political leadership in Babylon: That is like being part of our President’s inside circle of cabinet members. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire! Yet even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you set up.”. THE STORY OF THE THREE HEBREW CHILDREN. You, O king, made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, must fall down and worship the golden image, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. b. With everything on the line God came through and did the extra-ordinary. Then the satraps, administrators, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the authorities of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected. It contains things we all like in a story... 90 foot idols, furious kings, fiery furnaces hot enough to kill people who are just passing by... That sort of thing. This is reasonable but not certain. Daniel 3:24-25 There are two aspects of life: one, the common, the ordinary, the prosaic aspect; and the other, the Divine, the glorified, the Christian aspect; and that which alone can give you this second aspect of life is the presence of the Son of God. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego resist the pull of the crowd because they know it is the path of perdition for them. It just tells you “what no to do” but not what God is looking for. What a moment in the lives of the young Jewish exiles. 3) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew the pressure of political correctness! Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him! Do you sing the their song? 7) They believed that God would deliver them. Dare to be a Daniel Daniel 1:8-21. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego stop the flow of the crowd (3:24-27). 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This posed a serious threat to the Jews. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Goats 1, Rams 0 Daniel 8. Daniel 3:1-30. Not a hair of their head was singed, nor were their robes scorched, nor was there a smell of fire on them. Sermon of the Week Daniel 3:13-18 (NKJV) "Through The Fire" 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. For You alone are Holy. S.M.A. Here's a sermon about Daniel's example from Daniel 6. Previous | Index | Next >> "THE BOOK OF DANIEL" Faith In The Face Of Fire (3:1-30) INTRODUCTION 1. It is the pull towards conformity, to align your attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors with those around you. This story is so special to us because it teaches that taking a stand for God always pays off in the end. 1) We must learn that when we stand up for what is right, some will oppose us. At that time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. S.M.A may seem a little disrespectful but that is because what was under the surface trying to push its way up and burst out was their loving allegiance to their God. A Time to Disobey Daniel 3. Nebuchadnezzar thought that what mattered the most, what was most ultimate was absolute allegiance to him. Animal Parade Daniel 7. Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego over the administration of the province of Babylon, while Daniel remained at the royal court. 5) They are in a strange country where strange customs prevail. They sang the song of Moses and the lamb. Whoever does not fall down and worship will that same hour be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.”. Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. There are certain Jews whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego—those men pay no heed to you, O king. They stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 7) Are we prepared to live by faith regardless of what may come our way? 9) They were willing to be tried by fire literally to prove their personal principles. Those who support the sin of homosexuality would have us bow down to their idol. The "astonishment" of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 3:24 is made an argument for its genuineness, as if it explained the cause of his astonishment, namely, "they walked in the midst of the fire praising God, but the angel of the Lord came down into the oven" ( Daniel 3:1 and Daniel 3:27 of the Apocryphal addition). You, O king, made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, must fall down and worship the golden image, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. What is under the surface will push its way up and burst onto the surface. They do not serve your gods, nor will they worship the golden image that you have set up.”, There are certain Jews whom you appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego—those men pay no heed to you, O king. 3) And sometimes, those who oppose us will become our allies. I bet there pats on the back to go around and lots of head-shaking, that head-shaking that says, “things are going to be different now.” I am sure Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were so grateful that there friend did not forget them and got them a sweet job in the government. The crowds are not just swearing politically loyalty, this is about worship. Even though we may not agree we go with the flow because, Who wants to be singled out (somebody else’s weirdo), Illustrate the idea: Have you ever played in a swimming pool and tried to hold a beach all under the surface? The King’s Command – Daniel 3:1-7 The chapter begins with King Nebuchadnezzar erecting a statue and the commanding everyone to bow down to it. Let me begin reading in chapter 3 Daniel 3:1-2, 4-6 The sermon this morning is entitled “Drawing a line in the sand”. Daniel knew that when he wrote his stories and there is a bit of irony in this story. He exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and he makes the earth and all those who dwell in it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. Well maybe that promotion did not lead to such a rosy outcome. (Daniel 3:29)We live in an age of increasing religion and decreasing faith.On the one hand, the "business" of religion is booming. a. CONCLUSION: [ conclusion of this daniel 3 sermon ], 1. Those who support the sin of abortion would have us bow down to their idol. The Ones Who Would Not Worship that Image (. 5) The Bible teaches that there are some truths worth dying for. In this chapter, the word worship occurs 11 times, the word serve occurs 5 times, a total of 16 usages to hammer home the point that this is about a man trying to command the spiritual allegiances of other mens hearts to a false god. The men that will win. See Romans 12:1-2. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. The Crowd Notices Some Rogue Elements (3:8-12). 2) We’ve come to chapter three which is the story of the fiery furnace. 3 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 2) However, we can prevail through faith. And they are singing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and wonderful are Your deeds, ! 3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, [] and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. The prophets foretold of their being tried, proved, and tested. is primarily about Babylon’s political leaders pledging allegiance to this image Daniel had made. Nebuchadnezzar sees the angel of the Lord: the king of Israel Yeshua (24-25). OBJECTIVE: That each one would be motivated to stand strong in the face of trial and overcome through faith. Not a hair of their head was singed, nor were their robes scorched, nor was there a smell of fire on them. Daniel 3:1–7 TLV King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you. 2) They lived by their faith. In Dan 1, we were introduced to three companions of Daniel: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego...a. I. They were not as high up as Daniel but they had some leadership responsibility and some status. Whoever does not fall down and worship will that same hour be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.” Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and pipes, and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and languages fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. I. 4) Are there any truths today worth dying for? Then King Nebuchadnezzar summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the authorities of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Possibly the place where the image was constructed. He asked his ministers, “Didn’t we cast three men bound into the middle of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Surely, O king.” But he answered saying, “Look! But If Not Daniel 3:17-18. SermonAudio.com - Daniel 3 Sermons. Turn-it and turn-it everything you need is in it. Like Daniel, they were young men taken from Judah into captivity and trained to serve before the king - Dan 1:6-7 b. Then I saw another great and wonderful sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven plagues—the last ones, for with them God’s wrath is finished. 2. Where won’t you cross and what won’t you do? Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and leapt to his feet. The Septuagint, the Greek Translation of the Old Testament, says Daniel 3 took place in the 18thyear of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign (587-586 B.C.). At that time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth through the signs he is permitted to perform, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image in honor of the beast who has the sword wound yet lived. We learn about…, The Church Before Pentecost – In Prophecy (2), Crucifixion of Jesus - The Nature and Purpose of the Crucifixion, Instrumental Music in Worship Is Sabotaging Your Walk With God, Elders in the Bible | Ordaining Elders in the Church, Sermon on Zacharias | 3 Powerful Lessons You Need to Know, God's Unforgettable Call of Abraham - God's Call and Promise, Sermon on the Mind of Christ - The Mind of Christ. I see four men walking about unbound and unharmed in the middle of the fire, and the fourth has the appearance like a son of the gods!” Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and exclaimed, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, servants of the Most High God, come out and come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out from the middle of the fire. You might even say the ball is “restless” when it is held under the water. Transition: The story does not end here, it does not end with the crowd pulling everyone into its flow. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. The Three Hebrew Children Lived by Faith. He had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. THE MEN WHO KEPT THEIR TESTIMONIES. He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than it was normally heated and commanded some of the mighty men in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and to cast them into the furnace of blazing fire. The pull of the crowd is the path to perdition. When the satraps, administrators, governors and royal ministers had gathered around, they saw that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men. 4) The three Hebrew children were captured in Jerusalem and taken here as captives, slaves, eunuchs. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:19-30. I. 3) Nebuchadnezzar called them out of the furnace. The great image of gold in the plain of Dura. This essay is both a historical and expository treatment of Daniel 3. And so no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark—either the name of the beast or the number of his name. a. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “You are commanded O peoples, nations and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Other nations, who believed in more than one god, simply added this idol to their list of deities to be worshipped. Power and its irresistible influence were thick in the air at Corinth. 6) So today we too must walk by faith especially in trying times. A sermon by Bob Wade titled "Faith vs. And remember what we learned in the Daniel Chapter 2 sermon. a. 3) Nebuchadnezzar was also conquered. I have no doubt in my mind these are faithful Jewish believers and non-Jews who have learned to walk out their faith in a Jewish context. Then the satraps, administrators, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the authorities of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected. 2) By faith we can overcome the world as well. They do not serve your gods, nor will they worship the golden image that you have set up.”, Rather than going with the flow of the crowd go rogue because the pull of the crowd is the path to perdition. If it is so, our God whom we serve is able to save us from the furnace of blazing fire and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. - unveiling the realities around us for what they really are.” (p. 39 [brackets mine]). Refresh the irony definition: “Irony is the hygiene of the mind.”, which is translated “the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men”, James Smith, “Apocalyptic literature is a genre of Scripture that tries to get us to see (or see, ) the empires that constitute our environment in order to see them for what they really are. It. Therefore I hereby decree that any people, nation or language that says anything slanderous against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego will be torn limb from limb and their house made a pile of rubble, because there is no other god that is able to deliver in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in the province of Babylon. 1) What happened next literally amazed the old king. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Daniel 3:16-18 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "THE COMMITMENT THAT WINS" Intro: The setting of the text. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and leapt to his feet. Turn-it and turn-it the Messiah is in it.”. We are going to explore this today in our passage from, Grab your copy of the Scriptures and say it with me like you mean it, “Ha-foke-bah, Ha-foke-bah, De-cola-bah. Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with rage and the appearance of his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These Jewish men, and us I hope, recognize that the pull of the crowd is really just the pull towards conformity. A. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Memory Verse: Daniel 3:17-18 “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand O king. 1) We have those in our society who want us to bow down to their idols as well. Lets look at that. Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “You are commanded O peoples, nations and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 2) They brought the accusation before the king regarding Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. They defied the king’s edict and gave up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God. He did not understand that Adonai will not share his glory with any other being. 2) This could potentially have been around 14000 degrees Fahrenheit. The irony is that the crowds will worship anything to escape the fiery furnace of the king all the while not noticing that by showing allegiance to a false god they are on the path to perdition. So they brought these men before the king. 3) The men who threw them into the fire were consumed by the heat. They chose instead to be transformers of wrong to right. The King Who Went Crazy Daniel 4. Trials" from our "Daniel: Faith Under Fire" series. b. c. It was Jehovah’s messenger/angel (verse 28). 1. Not a bad job at all. Then what god will be able to deliver you out of my hands?”. This is a sermon based on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who were thrown into the Fiery Furnace for not worshipping the statue of Gold in Daniel 3:1-10. 3) And they were willing to die for their faith. He would not bow down to the image of Rome in the face of death and neither would he compromise his mission when the crowds pressed in hard upon him. Intro: This is one of those chapters in the Bible that we have been hearing since we were small children in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. It's a powerful force that can take the form of overt social pressure or subtler influences. The second beast was permitted to give life to the image of the first beast, so that the image of the beast could even speak and cause all who would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. The World According to God Daniel 2. This is not just a story that unmasks reality it is a plot that predicts. At the time of the music bow down to the image. The crowds waste no time doing what they are told. 1) They said that their God would deliver them, but even if He would not, they still refused to bow down. S.M.A would have nothing to do with this. All the nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed!”. I see four men walking about unbound and unharmed in the middle of the fire, and the fourth has the appearance like a son of the gods!”. They spoke up and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! Or, are you being pulled by the crowd onto their path. At that time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and pipes, and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and languages fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Fire represents persecution, trial, torment, affliction, of whatever sort, under its fiercest aspect; for fire consumes, devours, destroys, causes to disappear. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. Here is wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is a number of a man, and his number is 666. What great lessons we have in this chapter of Daniel. Daniel does not forget those who helped him get to the top. If what you love is material things, if what you love is comfort, or security, or power, or influence you will not be able to keep it down it will pop up to the surface when the pressure of the crowd is upon you. They spoke up and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! The men who will get the job done. I think of martyrdom throughout church history where the people of God where faced with similar prospects; that is abandon your confession or die. He ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than it was normally heated. Daniel 3 suggests that the king determined to solidify his dominion by unifying the many races and nations under his rule with a common religion and object of worship. Now, at the beginning of chapter 3 others must bow (3:5, 6, 11, 15). He does not forget about his three Jewish compatriots who prayed with him and received revelation from God with him. is historically at the end a rebellion that almost brought down Nebuchadnezzar. - the reality is that he is not the sovereign one but a servant to THE SOVEREIGN ONE. Elizabeth Bibesco famously said, “Irony is the hygiene of the mind.” Irony keeps the mind healthy and on its toes. B. He set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2. Date written: September 2nd, 2007Bible Text: Daniel 3:1-7. Daniel 3:25 This narrative may be assumed to set forth in lively type or emblem the security of God's saints in the hour of their greatest peril, together with the reason of that security. It is one of those passages that we often neglect in our search for “deeper truth” in the Bible. In addition, Nebuchadnezzar never acknowledges what the narrator asserted in the opening verses of the book: God gave him the victory over Judah and Jerusalem (1:1-2). Men of commitment are men of accomplishment. The Accusation about certain Jews (3:9-12), They don’t pay attention to you (12a) - They Don’t Walk in the Advice of the Wicked (, They don’t serve your gods (12b) - They Don’t Stand in the Way with Sinners (, They don’t worship the image (12c) - They Don’t Sit with Scoffers (. Regardless of what lies ahead of them. 1) He commanded that the furnace be heated seven times as hot. The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace. 2) Not only were the three alive, but there was a fourth figure with them that he likened to a son of the gods. And, Daniel, well Daniel was the lead on this one so the King brought him up to the highest arena of political leadership in Babylon: That is like being part of our President’s inside circle of cabinet members. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire! Yet even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image that you set up.”. THE STORY OF THE THREE HEBREW CHILDREN. You, O king, made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, must fall down and worship the golden image, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. b. With everything on the line God came through and did the extra-ordinary. Then the satraps, administrators, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the authorities of the provinces assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected. It contains things we all like in a story... 90 foot idols, furious kings, fiery furnaces hot enough to kill people who are just passing by... That sort of thing. This is reasonable but not certain. Daniel 3:24-25 There are two aspects of life: one, the common, the ordinary, the prosaic aspect; and the other, the Divine, the glorified, the Christian aspect; and that which alone can give you this second aspect of life is the presence of the Son of God. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego resist the pull of the crowd because they know it is the path of perdition for them. It just tells you “what no to do” but not what God is looking for. What a moment in the lives of the young Jewish exiles. 3) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew the pressure of political correctness! Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him! Do you sing the their song? 7) They believed that God would deliver them. Dare to be a Daniel Daniel 1:8-21. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego stop the flow of the crowd (3:24-27). 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