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Dan. 3:24-27

Lesson # Dan. 3:24-27
Study Material - Dan. 3:24-27

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Dan. 3:24-27

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he responded and said to his high officials, 'Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?' They answered and said to the king, 'Certainly, O king.' 25 He answered and said, 'Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!' 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, 'Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!' Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king's high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.

Mankind is easily impressed by the powers of this world. We have weapons of war like nuclear bombs, or even machine guns of various types, we have tanks, and stealth aircraft and these have awesome power and capabilities. Man is impressed by the tools that nature can display, from floods to volcanoes to tornados. The ocean can weld awesome power in a violent storm with waves that can reach the height of extremely tall buildings. Man can also be impressed with his own dealings with people, elevating ones self above others that one thinks are beneath him. Man can be cruel and trust on others extremes that would force them into begging submission.

Here Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were humiliated and overwhelmed by the court of Nebuchadnezzar, by the onlookers, by the very strong military men that seized them and threw them into the fire. But what happened? Those military types were killed just by going near to the fire. The fire was so hot. Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego though they went into the fire were not harmed at all.

Nebuchadnezzar needed to use cruel laws and violence to reinforce his authority. He used his power and authority when there was no need for its use. He was King and no one was going to take that away. He had authority and no one was going to question it. Yet his own arrogance and insecurities led him down the path of this tyranny. Bullies have no real courage. They rely on their use of violence and greater size and strength, or power to forcibly gain what they want. To gain that which they are not entitled to.

In contrast God has the power to control anything and everything. He has the power to even divide the fire Psa. 29:7, just as He divided the waters of the Red Sea and the Jordan River. This fire was huge. It was hot enough to kill those mighty soldiers who tossed Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego into the fire, just by their being near to the fire. So it was hot. Yet Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego were not harmed in the fire. The ropes used to tie them were immediately burned away. There was no bondage even in the midst of the fire. They could have run out of the fire so as not to risk getting harmed (just in case), but they did not run. Instead what happened? Nebuchadnezzar saw something in the fire that he had never seen Actually everyone saw the same thing. They saw these three not only not getting burned up and screaming as they died, but quite the contrary. They were walking around in the fire as though they were taking a stroll through the garden, and they were not alone. There was a fourth person in there with them - Jesus Christ.

Nebuchadnezzar recognized Him, and even called Him by name. Nebuchadnezzar did have knowledge about the God of Israel. Not only that but he was familiar with the 'Son of God' as he described the fourth person walking in the fire.

Just as he commanded them into the fire, so now he calls them out of the fire. Just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego obeyed the commands of the scriptures, of Bible doctrine, so also they probably obeyed the commands of Christ who told them to leave the fire because Nebuchadnezzar was calling them. When their bonds were burned away they could have left on their own, but they remained in the fire with Christ. Only when Nebuchadnezzar called them out (and they most likely turned to Christ for guidance), did they leave the fire.

When they came out they had no damage on them, nor did they even have the smell of fire or smoke. No negative affects whatsoever. You would think that those present, those who witnessed this miracle, would want to know more about their God and want to learn and grow under His guidance. But instead they merely examined them for injury, and most likely were disgusted at the failure of the execution. All except for Nebuchadnezzar, that is.

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