Friday Sept. 22, 2017
3: 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?”
They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
- Things rapidly escalated in this account. Suddenly the intensity went from zero to 60. Neb. was furious, the furnace was heated seven times hotter than usual, the strongest soldiers were employed to man handle the men and the swiftness by which their intended execution was carried out resulted in the unintended deaths of their executioners.
- While everyone and everything is escalating we do not hear of any escalation on the part of the, would be victims. They were thrown into the furnace but they soon after were walking around inside it. Now such an account defies any sort of logical explanation. What Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego experienced is without question impossible apart from a metaphysical interpretation. To be certain that such an interpretation is not missed we read of the Fourth Man in the fire. The Fourth Man is also walking around in the fire however, He is distinguished from Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as one who “looks like a son of the gods.”
The Following is a perspective on this account and the take home for us:
- No crisis of faith then no reason to take a stand. The crisis provokes a response.
- The magnitude of the problem these men faced only intensified the miraculous intervention they experienced. The enormity of your problem is an occasion for a greater intervention.
- The conflict was actually an opportunity for God’s confrontation.
- The, would be assailants actually perished in the flames intended to kill Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego the servants of God. God still protects His children.
- Before they would experience the Fourth man in the fire they first had to be thrown into the fire. The crisis was an opportunity for the believer to experience a deeper revelation of God and also an opportunity for the unbeliever to come face to face with God! This conflict opened Neb’s eyes and changed his heart, that can happen for you as well!