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It may burst into activity at any moment. PREVIOUS NEXT . When legal or social mandates require you to compromise your faith, are you prepared to do the right thing … and to do it in the right way? ", Brought charges against (NIV = denounced) - The NAS rendering is not as strong as the Aramaic which literally means "ate the pieces of", a vivid idiom for slander (although 2 of their 3 charges were true - see Da 3:12). It is not enough, however, to admire the spectacle of the innocent bleeding for the guilty, we must make sure of our interest therein. Their faith "quenched the power of fire." l. He was an irresponsible and reckless monarch. Bible Commentaries Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible ... Daniel 1:3-4. How shall we have patience unless we know something of the sympathy of Christ, and understand the good which is to come out of the correction which our heavenly Father sends us? I care. That is where God dwells, in that godly woman dying in the workhouse. We shall never lose anything in the long run—by doing right. Thomas Watson applies Daniel 3:27 Jesus Christ went into the furnace of His Father's wrath - "Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come." 2. Is it true - This shows that the king did not blindly accept the accusations of the Chaldeans. They did not know that He would. I think the 3 Hebrew lads had done their heart check in this chapter. Blest is the man, O God, Yes. That we may be like the three Hebrew lads. For what he could not see was suggestive. Men of commitment cannot be stopped. But when the sin and duty that were in the case were immediately determined by the letter of the second commandment, and no room was left to question what was right, the life and death that were in the case were not to be considered. Mark his tears, as they fall upon the ground, and the deep sighs with which he accompanies the softened music of his harp! The essence of Faith Amid the crash of matter and the wreck of worlds, the Lord Jehovah will preserve His own. They swam against the current in contrast to their Hebrew counterparts (there is no mention of any other Hebrew lads not bowing). If you are so depressed by your trials that you cannot rejoice, even though your name is written in heaven, then I think you do not love Jesus as you should. Christ is the only screen to stand between us and the wrath of God; He felt God's wrath—that those who believe in Him should never feel it. But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:6-16). Oh, the atrocity of the sin of a pardoned soul! How unfit was he to rule reasonable men who could not himself be ruled by reason! God has not said, of any one country, “England, America, Russia, Spain, shall be mine;” but Moses truly said, “the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.”. You are the light of the world. Is God all-powerful? We have grown wonderfully tolerant in these modern days! Lord is a man of war, Jehovah is his name.” Those who enlist under His banner shall have a Commander who will train them for the conflict and give them both vigor and valor. In this, Nebuchadnezzar is just like most politicians, who often seem willing to use religion to strengthen their grip on political power. My soul, arouse thyself! He became ashamed of being afraid. The Septuagint says that the king "advanced them, and gave them authority to rule over all the Jews who were in his kingdom. Jealousy, the "jaundice of the soul" and it was a sin which quickly pounced on Abel (cp Ge 4:7) motivating him to murder his brother. It rose above all selfishness. If a man regulates his opinions and conduct from expediency, or from respect to the opinions of others, or from feeling, or from popular impulses, there is no standard; there is nothing settled or definite. To added affliction He addeth His mercy, When it shall be all finished, it will be the marvel of all intelligence’s a they see what a matchless sanctuary God, and not man, has reared, and note how, in every single detail, his infinite wisdom is manifest. These three men had positions of authority. Does your faith stand? Settle it in your minds that-by divine grace-no loss, nor cross, nor shame, nor suffering shall make you play the coward. 6. Do God the honour to trust him when it comes to matters of loss for the sake of principle. He will be with you, even when you are the only one standing! Theirs was a complete deliverance, because God accomplished it. Amen. There are Christian people who would do well to think a little of this matter. The more unworthy you feel yourself to be, the more evidence have you that nothing but unspeakable love could have led the Lord Jesus to save such a soul as yours. When the fiery test comes, remember especially that God promises not to test us beyond what we are able to endure (1Cor 10:13-note). ], Ps 91:2, 9, [Read entire Psalm 91:1-16] Ps 94:22, 142:5, Jer 16:19, 17:17) "The Lord is my Shepherd." Jesus told us not to fear those who can kill only the body, but rather to fear Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell--in other words, fear God and fear nothing else. The end will come; let us go our way till it does. Mark. Can all my haughty thoughts abase. And yet there is no reserve or qualification, nay the very reverse of an insinuation that, if the emperor ordered what was good, the Christians were to obey, but, that if not, they were free from their allegiance. The Church of Rome claims to be that one Church, and we know what sort of a church that is. That is our great and awesome Father! Why didn’t God send the angel who released Peter from prison to do the same for James? Let us have a consultation with you, O king, that we may arrange terms. And she said, "I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai. Again, the temple, of old, was the shrine of God’s indwelling. Come, now, put the matter to your own consciences. And every step in the journey we God sometimes gives men warnings which they must notice. (Faith's Checkbook), “But go thou thy way till the end be:for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lotat the end of the days.”—Da 12:13. (2Ti 1:12-note). First, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were thrown into the furnace with highly flammable clothing. It is a great thing to be able to call God OURS, and to say, "God is our refuge!" Daniel 3:18, "Be it known unto you, O king, that we will not serve your gods!" "FIERY FURNACES" Knowledge strengthens love, as well as faith. We need to be intimately familiar with God’s Word so that we can rightly discern how to walk in a way that honors and pleases God: able to identify situations when God’s law (higher law) is being violated by the civil authority and its (lower) law. The fire did not arrest their motion; they walked in the midst of it. Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone; TODAY ALONG THE WAY - You may find that obeying God and obeying the laws of men usually go hand in hand. No flowers, but thorns instead; The Septuagint reads…, In his eighteenth year Nabuchodonosor the king made a golden image, its height was sixty cubits, its breadth six cubits: and he set it up in the plain of Deira, in the province of Babylon (Brenton's English Translation of the Septuagint of Theodoret). Even the lost in hell get away from him, for many of them were more honest than he. II. Excuses like this are common but prove the principle that anything will serve as an excuse, when the heart is bent on compromise. They said: 16We have no need to answer you in this matter. The Psalmist's description would apply to them in that they were not…, like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. It is, first and foremost, God’s deliverance. Once the Lord has spoken on a matter, the matter is settled and there’s no room for discussion or need for compromise. (Mt 5:13-note, Mt 5:14, 15, 16-note), Ray Pritchard comments that "the three young men refused to bow because years earlier they had learned the Ten Commandments. Now it would seem, figuratively speaking, there are Christians in the same spot. These are the true holy places,-the sacred shrines of God, wherein the Holy Spirit delights to dwell. ’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal tongue; Amen. Dear friend, I want you to see how you handle your trials and troubles. Now we will see which weighs the most. Then joyfully accept the trial which comes with it. That is always the mark of a little man. Compare Job 1:9-11. Come here… came out - They could not obey the king's godless request to worship the image, but do not hesitate to obey his command in this instance. by Daniel Whittle The Septuagint (Theodoret's version) renders it "Son of God.". Holiness is not an attribute of material substances; it does not appertain to iron, stone, mortar, bricks, or timbers. In short, when you go through the fire, cling fast to the truth you know about God, fixing your eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:2-note) - His promises (cp Isa 43:2), His past deliverances, His commandments that include His enablements, etc. Let young Christians especially learn from their example, both in matters of faith in religion, and matters of uprightness in business, never to sacrifice their consciences. Daniel 3 Commentary. There are furnaces of trial, too, in which men suffer loss for being true and loyal to God. O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. We speak much of Peter’s denying his Master. Indeed, the faithful remnant will hearken to Christ's word's to…, Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life (Rev. He was exiled five times for his opposition to Arius. Put us in Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace (Dan. It will take a great deal of grace, prayer, courage, and faith for God’s people to stand tall for Christ while others are bowing the knee to the gods of this world. Be this your cry: Through floods or flames, if Jesus leads But that treatment took a serious turn for the worse when a direct order of the king came into blatant conflict with the laws of God. They intend to lie low all the war time, and come out when the palms are being distributed. Say, like the holy children, "We have no need to answer you in this matter" ( Daniel 3:16 ). is the willingness to serve God A drop of the precious medicine of Jesus’ love chases away all heart pain. 12 "And he will be a wild donkey of a man. O my God, teach me, when the shadows have gathered, that I am only in a tunnel. The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still, let your conscience be your guide. Without real commitment you will be swept away (by) the "everybody is doing it" syndrome. It cannot hurt one hair of your head, or leave the smell of burning on you; but it will eat out the alloy, and gnaw away the iron bands that bound you. The first six chapters tell of four young Israelites in the Babylonian captivity (chapter 1)—Daniel (also known as Belshazzar), Hananiah (aka Shadrach), … Third, all four persons were walking around in the fire—none was lying down. Comment: God has promised that the test will not be too great and that He will always be with us, whether we are delivered or martyred. Our God is able to deliver us!" You will be a gainer by Christ, even if you have to go to heaven by the way of persecution, poverty, and slander. There is a time to disobey the king, and it would be when his commands clearly contradicted God's commands to not worship images. TO many men thinking is an unusual employment. (Ibid). Oh, it will be with the wicked, as it was with Nebuchadnezzar, who was astonished to behold the works and wonders of God which the Lord wrought for the deliverance of those that put their trust in him (Daniel 3:24-25)… Oh, sinners! The sin and the earthliness are burnt out of their lives—and the pure gold remains. these sins of ours, before and after conversion, would consign us to the place of inextinguishable fire if it were not for the sovereign mercy which has made us to differ, snatching us like brands from the burning. Such unfaithful behavior is pictured in this psalm and throughout the OT as playing the harlot or going "a whoring" (Ex 34:15KJV, Ex 34:16KJV, Lev 17:7KJV, God's prophecy which Israel fulfilled - Dt 31:16KJV, Jdg 2:17KJV, 1Chr 5:25KJV, Ezek 33:30KJV), The subtle attraction to images is dramatically illustrated in the familiar event in Numbers 21 when the children of God sinned causing God to send fiery serpents among them. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415 and a little over a century later in 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses of Contention on the church door at Wittenberg, setting into motion the protestant reformation! While not stated in the Aramaic, in the Septuagint the Jewish translators of this verse added a notation that may help us understand Nebuchadnezzar's actions, this notation suggesting that the events of Daniel 3 may be some 15 years after the events of Daniel 2. Images of Chapter 3: (a) human origin; (b) a reality; (c) made only of gold; (d) an object of worship; (e) revealed to all; (f) described only generally; (g) men commanded to bow down. Solomon’s temple, glorious though it was, had not about the’ whole edifice so much of splendor as God displays in even the least of the living stones which he builds upon the one foundation, Jesus Christ our Lord. Their consolation in losses and sacrifices is that God will more than compensate them in some way. (Read all of Daniel 3) Verse 1 [1] Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it … To keep that which I’ve committed (Commenting on) To keep thee in all thy ways. --Annie Johnson Flint (click for more poems). Yet God was more real to them than any of those things. Daniel 3:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, the height of which was sixty cubits and its width six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Take heed that you do not fall into Belshazzar's condition, to whom Daniel gave no counsel, but simply interpreted the sentences which sealed his doom. So if we would be without fear in the day of danger—we must be God's loyal and faithful servants without condition. Lack of deep commitment. The upshot is that since the time is not specified in the original Aramaic text, it is not critical for one's understanding of Daniel 3 (or God would have given it)! “And do not touch (present imperative = command to do this continually because we are continually vulnerable to touch unclean things including idols!) To his physician he said in his last hours, "sleep or awake, I see the mangled forms of the Huguenots passing before me. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan (a "worthless piece of brass"). THE CONSISTENT CONDUCT. - Thomas Adams, As a moth gnaws a garment, so does envy consume a man. The flame shall not hurt thee, I only design The king had already learned that the God of Israel is able to reveal mysteries (Da 2:47) to His servants, but he doubted God's ability to save the three dissenters. God help you to come out of the scales, for many are weighed in them and found wanting (Dan. Certain Jews - This phrase is used in a derogatory sense in this passage. Is it this way with you? Chuck Smith reiterates the importance of internal principle discussing the parallel term "Commitment" noting that commitment "gives you the strength to go against… the current of this world (which is anti-God: "love not the world")… declaring the material is superior to the spiritual. (4) They had been undoubtedly been taught God's Word including the truths of His past great deliverances such as: (1) The Passover Deliverance where Jehovah delivered Israel from Pharaoh and Egyptian bondage (Ex 12:11-14, 13:8, 9, 10); (2) The Red Sea Deliverance (problem = Ex 14:8,.9; the faith of Moses = Ex 14:13, 14, the deliverance by God = Ex 14:21-30); (3) The stones of remembrance (Josh 4:1-5, esp Josh 4:6, 7, for context see Josh 3:1-17). (If we rebel, He may have to reset the clock; but if we submit, He will not permit us to suffer one minute too long. It surely is not the highest kind of faith—which always thinks of the benefit to ourselves; it is far higher if we say, as these men said, "Whether God shall deliver us or not from the furnace—we will serve Him!" Daniel 3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. Our Lord is always there, but He makes Himself known most often when we are "in a fiery furnace"! No exceptions!) 5. If we know but little of the excellences of Jesus, what he has done for us, and what he is doing now, we cannot love him much; but the more we know him, the more we shall love him. Later under great pressure he recanted his evangelical faith. Or what shall force them thence? When this world tempts you to compromise your faith, be willing to accept the consequences that threaten your obedience. What ails you, that babes and sucklings are braver than you? do not you serve my gods nor worship the golden image which I have set up?’’ Note, The faithfulness of God’s servants to him has often been the wonder of their enemies and persecutors, who think it strange that they run not with them to the same excess of riot (1Peter 4:4-note). Why throw away their God-given positions when a second or two of necessary compromise would allow them to continue serving God in the kingdom?”268 We are never called to adopt an ungodly method (e.g., deception, lying) to live in a way which pleases God. Daniel Chapter 10: Lifting the veil. from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. He is never handicapped in His own world. See whether he will be your debtor! That God is the sacred third Person of the ever-blessed Trinity in Unity,-the Holy Ghost; and though we may not say that he is incarnate among men, yet we can truly say that he dwells among men. My human nature would seek the easy path, but the easy path usually leads to nowhere. 18-note Here is wisdom. He doesn’t promise us an easy road if we decide to be faithful to him. Nebuchadnezzar is an example of what Paul taught … For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 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