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“COURAGE WHEN THE HEAT IS TURNED UP”
THE FIERY FURNACE…..
When we last left our friends Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah at the end of Daniel Chapter 2 everything was going along quite well. Daniel and his 3 friends were exalted to positions of great privilege and power in Babylon. Daniel 2:48-49. But unfortunately as is true to EACH ONE OF our every day lives things can have a habit of changing, and so they did. Daniel Chapter 3 opens up with the King of Babylon erecting an Image 90 ft. high and 9 ft. wide. And whats WORSE EVERYONE was expected to bow down and WORSHIP that Image…..The amazing truth of this Chapter is that it has Prophetic significance as it relates to the goings on of the 7 year Tribulation period and will definitely be duly noted later. REMEMBER:
A DEFIANT IMAGE…….
So here we see the King sets up an Image THREESCORE CUBITS HIGH & SIX CUBITS WIDE “A Score being 20” times 3 is 60. So the first question we may ask is:
WHERE DO YOU THINK THE KING GOT THE IDEA TO DO SUCH A THING? NOTE IT WAS MADE ENTIRELY OF GOLD! Most likely durable wood overlaid with sheets of gold While the Bible does not actually state what the “IMAGE” was it is quite unusual to note that it was 10 times higher than it was wide denoting that this Kings desire was that it was QUITE visible to ALL! NO DOUBT THE IMAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY HIS NIGHT VISION, AND ALTHOUGH THE PROPHET DANIEL TOLD HIM HE WAS THE GOLDEN HEAD ALONE AND THAT HIS KINGDOM WOULD COME TO AN END HE MADE THE WHOLE OF THE IMAGE GOLD! SO……..WHY DO YOU THINK HE MADE AN IMAGE ENTIRELY OUT OF GOLD? HE WAS FORCEFULLY MAKING THE CLAIM THAT HIS KINGDOM WOULD NEVER BE CONQUERED NOR COME TO AN END!! SO THE KING GATHERS ALL IN PREPARATION FOR A GRAND DEDICATION….
SO WHAT DOES GOD THINK OF PRIDE?
PRIDE IS A VERY DANGEROUS THING….DID YOU KNOW THAT GOD RESIST THE PROUD JAMES 4:6?
DID YOU KNOW THAT….
PRIDE GOES BEFORE THE FALL
THE LORD HATES PRIDE AS HE CAN DO NOTHING WITH A SPIRIT THAT SAYS “LOOK AT ME, I KNOW IT ALL, I HAVE IT ALL, I NEED NOTHING”
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING…..
For the Jew exiled in Babylon this was forbidden by the LORD Himself.
And while they had faced INDOCTRINATION of the Babylonian religion they were not faced with persecution for their Religious beliefs as far as scripture reveals. That HOWEVER, is now about to CHANGE! Here we see that this decree from the King would affect ALL men of every language, ALL PEOPLE NATIONS AND LANGUAGES………At this point everybody will be put on the spot!——Do we OBEY the King or NOT? Do you go with these new Laws of the land??? To be JEWISH and BOW down and WORSHIP an image OTHER THAN GOD would BREAK the FIRST TWO of the 10 COMMANDMENTS!
And if the King meant what he said in VERSE 6 to DISOBEY would SURELY cost one his life!
Christians all over the World have been faced with this dilemma. Truly the laws of the land are indeed coming into CONFLICT with the LAWS of God.
For example: Christians in employment associated with Marriage which is Sacred and a picture of Christ and His Church such as Florist, Pastors, Bakeries people who work in the Legal system….clerks that must sign marriage license have found them selves under ATTACK like never before in the area of same sex marriage “WHICH IS AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD” HAVE BEEN FINED HEAVILY, PUBLICLY RIDICULED OR HAVE BEEN FIRED OR EVEN SUFFERED THE LOSS OF THEIR BUSINESSES. No DOUBT even STUDENTS will face RIDICULE and PERSECUTION for STANDING UP for what they BELIEVE!
WHEN PERSECUTION COMES WE ARE THEN FACED WITH…….
A CHOICE “INSERT PICTURE”
STAND WITH CHRIST AS HE STANDS WITH YOU!
Even now the government is ATTEMPTING to FORCE Pastors to officiate at same gender weddings.
Coercing Christian colleges to accept homosexual behavior or lose government aide.
The list goes on and on…….
Eventually we will ALL be put on the SPOT for our VALUES and BELIEFS we HOLD DEAR IN CHRIST and we must choose RIGHT NOW if we will ALLOW ourselves to just GO WITH THE FLOW OR STAND FIRM ON CHRIST AND HIS WORD!
WHEN THE WORLD PUTS YOU ON THE SPOT….
You will be shown by the Lord what you are made of…..
TEMPTATION IS EVERYWHERE! AND THE PEOPLE OF DANIEL’S DAY SUCCUMBED TO THE TEMPTATION. ALL BOWED TO THE IMAGE…. HOWEVER WE HAVE GOD’S REVEALED TRUTH IN:
2 Peter 2:9
The Lord will provide a way out of ANY temptation however, we HAVE A CHOICE as to what we choose to do OBEY HIS WORD OR YEILD TO THE TEMPTATION! Satan makes no one fall into sin, he is the tempter…..
ENTER THE TATTLETALES…..
So what do you do? You’ve been led into captivity to a foreign country and suddenly the King whose favorite saying is “I’ll tear you limb from limb and turn your house to rubble!” UNLESS YOU BOW DOWN and WORSHIP this GOLDEN MONSTROSITY. You know that IF you DO you are BREAKING the 1st two COMMANDMENTS (NO OTHER gods before HIM and DO NOT BOW DOWN TO IDOLS) So……
There are definitely times when we as Christians have to disobey the law of the land when it goes against what the King is commanding against God.
ACTS 4:18-20 & ACTS 5:27-29
ONCE AGAIN THE KING IS……
BOW OR BURN
SO OUR 3 FRIENDS HAVE QUITE A DECISION TO MAKE.
THE KING WITH OUT A HINT OF A SMILE HAS CHALLENGED THEM TO BOW OR BURN! IF YOU DO, ALL WILL BE WELL, AND Who is that GOD THAT shall be able to deliver you out of my hand? THE KING APPARENTLY HAD ALREADY FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE GOD OF DANIEL, HANANIAH, AZARIAH AND MISHAEL FROM DANIEL CH. 2!! HE HAD’NT A CLUE WHO HE WAS DEALING WITH!
SO NOW FOR HANANIAH AZARIAH AND MISHAEL
THE RUBBER IS HITTING THE ROAD! DECISION TIME!
TRUE FAITH IN THE FACE OF THE FIRE……
WHAT AMAZING FAITH OUR 3 FRIENDS HAD!!! HAVING COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL, GOD NOW COMMITS TO THEM HIS GREAT BOLDNESS AND STRENGTH TO NOT ONLY STAND BUT, TO DEFY THE KING!
WHAT AN AMAZING TESTIMONY OF FAITH THESE 3 YOUNG MEN SHOWED IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY. THESE 3 YOUNG MEN WAVERED NOT IN THERE RESPONSE TO THE KING. THEY SPOKE UP IMMEDIATELY WITH GRACE, YET FIRM RESOLVE AND GREAT FAITH! IT IS DEFINITELY ONE THING TO THINK WE WILL DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE FACE OF SUCH THREAT, BUT QUITE ANOTHER TO ACTUALLY DO IT! NOTE THAT THE YOUNG MEN STATED “OUR GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER US, BUT IF NOT WE WILL NOT SERVE THY gods or BOW TO THAT STATUE!
COMMITTING OURSELVES TO THE ONLY GOD WHO CAN HELP US MEANS WE MUST RELY ON HIM AND HIS STRENGTH TO GIVE US BOLDNESS TO STAND AGAINST SIN. WE SHOULD NEVER HAVE SUCH PRIDE IN OURSELVES, BUT RELY ON GOD TO GIVE US WHAT WE NEED IN TIMES OF TESTING. WE ALL FAIL, LOOK AT PETER IN:
DURING A TIME HE SWORE HE WOULD NEVER DENY THE LORD AT THE VERY MOMENT OF TESTING HE WAS QUICK TO DENY HIM NOT ONLY ONCE BUT 3 TIMES! HOWEVER, HE WEPT BITTERLY “GODLY SORROW YOUNG PEOPLE”
AND THE LORD FORGAVE AND RESTORED HIM…..
THE POINT HERE IS TO LOOK AT THE EXAMPLES OF
HANANIAH MISHAEL AND AZARIAH AND IN HUMILITY ASK THE LORD TO:
THIS WAS TRULY THE CONFIDENCE THAT OUR 3 AMIGOS DISPLAYED!
SO HOW DO YOU THINK THE KING WOULD RESPOND?
WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THESE 3 YOUNG MEN WHO WERE A MAJOR PAIN IN THE KINGS SIDE WHO WOULD NOT GO ALONG WITH THIS NEW ONE WORLD WORSHIP????
A FURIOUS FUHRER “TYRANT” AND A FIERCE FLAMING FIRE……..
SO THE KING WAS SO ANGRY THAT HE COMMANDED THAT THE FURNACE BE HEATED 7 TIMES HOTTER WHICH IN THE BIBLE THAT NUMBER MEANS COMPLETE/PERFECT SO IT WAS PERFECTLY HOT! SO WHY WOULD GOD ALLOW THESE 3 FAITHFUL YOUNG MEN TO BE THROWN ALIVE INTO THE FIERY FURNACE? SIMPLE…
HIS WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS, AND HIS THOUGHTS ARE HIGHER THAN OURS! THE LORD SEE THE END FROM THE PRESENT AND BEGINNING AND KNOWS WHAT HE WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH THROUGH US IF WE WILL BE YIELDED TO HIM IN OBEDIENCE.
2 SAMUEL 22:31 & ISAIAH 55:8-9
I AM QUITE SURE SOME PRAYER WAS GOING UP FOR THEM AND WHEN WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE LORD ALLOWS WHAT HE DOES, WE CAN KNOW BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT HE WILL ALWAYS WORK FOR HIS GLORY AND OUR GOOD….
GOD’S RESPONSE COULD HAVE SOUNDED SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
“MY CHILD IT IS MY PLAN THAT THEY GO THROUGH THESE FLAMES BECAUSE I HAVE SOMETHING WONDERFUL THAT I DESIRE TO SHOW THEM AND IT IS ONLY FOUND IN THIS FIERY TRIAL AND FOR ALL THE OTHERS AROUND WHO HAVE NOT TRUSTED IN ME.”
YOUNG PEOPLE NEVER DOUBT GODS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU OR THE POWER OF YOUR TESTIMONY FOR HIM AS OTHERS WATCH HOW WE WHO CLAIM CHRIST BEHAVE.
UNFORTUNATELY I BELIEVE MUCH OF OUR PRAYER LIVES REVOLVE AROUND US TELLING GOD WHAT HE SHOULD DO FOR US…..BUT GOD DID NOT TAKE THAT FIRE AWAY. HE CERTAINLY COULD HAVE AND CAN FOR US AS WELL BUT IN MY OWN PERSONAL LIFES EXPERIENCE AND COUNTLESS OTHERS MAKE NO MISTAKE HE ALWAYS HAS A GREAT PURPOSE IN LETTING HIS PEOPLE GO THROUGH FIERY TRIALS.
1 PETER 1:7-8
THE PURPOSE FOR THE FLAMES……
WHAT A GLORIOUS RESULT! IN DIRECT FULFILLMENT OF
THE FLAMES DID NOT EVEN TOUCH THEM! ONLY THEIR ROPES WERE BURNT OFF LOOSING THEM THAT WERE USED TO BIND OUR 3 FRIENDS!
ACTUALLY THAT IS GOD FOR YOU! HE CAN TAKE A NASTY TRIAL TO FREE US FROM THE THINGS THAT BIND US! AND DID YOU NOTICE HOW THEY WERE ABLE TO COME THROUGH THIS FIERY TRIAL, QUITE LITERALLY INTACT? BECAUSE ONE LIKE THE SON OF GOD WAS WITH THEM LITERALLY!!!! IT IS CHRIST JESUS WHO WILL BE WITH US TOO AS HIS PEOPLE WHEN WE GO THROUGH TRIALS! TRUTHFULLY WHEN WE KNOW THE TRUTH
“JESUS” HE WILL SET US FREE FROM THE FIERY TRIAL THAT WOULD SEEK TO BIND US AND HE DELIVERS US FROM SIN AND HELL!!!! WHAT A GLORIOUS PICTURE OF DELIVERANCE FOR THOSE OF US WHO CHOOSE CHRIST!
So what was God’s PURPOSE for the FLAMES?
1. It was for Hananiah ,Azariah and Mishael themselves. They experienced the LIVING GOD quite literally in a way they had not before.They were able to see and experience His Protection, and His Peace first hand, along with sweet fellowship! Think about it for me I can HONESTLY say during times of trial I have experienced the Lord in such AMAZING PEACE and FELLOWSHIP and FELT His PRESENSE with me in ways I may not when everything is going STELLAR! How about you, can you also say you have experienced the COMFORT PEACE POWER and SWEETNESS of the Lord during times of great trial????” Talk about Justin’s recent surgery”
2. It was for King Nebuchadnezzar and those looking on. They got to SEE THE MIGHTY POWER OF THE LIVING GOD and that he is THE ONLY TRUE GOD WHO WILL GO THROUGH THE FIERY TRIALS OF LIFE WITH US and that IT IS ONLY HIM THAT CAN DELIVER us!!! So young people never underestimate the desire of the Lord to use you as a WITNESS to OTHERS when you go through TRIALS!
NOTE THE KING CRIED FOR HANANIAH, AZARIAH & MISHAEL TO COME OUT OF THE FIRE and he also called them SERVANTS OF THE MOST HIGH GOD……OFCOURSE THEY COULD HAVE YELLED BACK TO THE KING NA-NA COME IN AND GET US BUT THEY CHOOSE TO BE godly in their behavior harboring no ill-will toward the King.
“FORGIVENESS IS A POWERFUL WEAPON”
ONE AMAZED KING & 3 THANKFUL BELIEVERS…..
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE KING IS STILL CALLING GOD, THE GOD OF SHADRACH, MESHACH & ABED-NEGO
CONFIRMING BEYOND A SHADOW OF A DOUBT THIS MAN HAD STILL NOT YET EMBRACED GOD AS HIS OWN IN FAITH IN HIM ALONE!!!!
HOWEVER, THE KING WAS OBVIOUSLY BLOWN AWAY BY WHAT HE SAW WITH HIS OWN EYES…AND ONE THING WAS FOR SURE THAT THE KING KNEW THAT THEIR GOD WAS UNLIKE ANY OTHER FALSE god OF HIS! AND ONCE AGAIN WE SEE THE LIVING GOD BLESSING OUR 3 FRIENDS FOR THEIR OBEDIENCE TO HIM WITH A JOB PROMOTION…..STRAIGHT FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE FIRE TO A BETTER JOB RULING OVER THE PROVINCE OF BABYLON! DID YOU ALSO CATCH THAT NO ONE WAS EVER ALLOWED TO SPEAK A WORD AGAINST THE GOD OF SHADRACH, MESHACH & ABED-NEGO AND THE PENALTY WOULD BE THAT THEY WOULD BE PUT TO DEATH AND THEIR HOUSES LAID WASTE…….
SO HOW LONG WOULD NEBUCHADNEZZAR BE IMPRESSED WITH THE ONE TRUE GOD?
TO SEE THAT THE KING ISN’T NEARLY AS IMPRESSED WITH THE ALL-MIGHTY ALL-POWERFUL LIVING GOD AS HE IS WITH HIMSELF!
LETS CHOOSE TO REMEMBER PETERS WORDS AS THE HOLY GHOST SPOKE THROUGH HIM:
1 PETER 1:3-9