May he deliver him from all errors and mistakes, into which even God’s children fall in a measure, and may he bring them all to the one Lord, the one faith, and the one baptism!” If there be good evidence that anyone is indeed a living one in God’s one true, spiritual temple, shall we not all wish every blessing to such an one in the name of the Most High! (Ex 5:2), Walvoord adds that "Rabshakeh made the same arrogant and blasphemous claim when threatening King Hezekiah (Isa 36:13-20)—the claim to the possession of a human power so great that there is no divine power to which the victim can turn for help. (Morning and Evening), Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of they servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. He had thought over the sins, calamities, prospects of his people. 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! You may have heard their names before, Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 3:20); if Jesus walks the glowing coals as our companion, the fire will have no power, the hairs of our heads will not be singed, our garments will not be affected, and even the smell of fire will not be on them (Dan. If they had saved their skins, they would have lost their souls and ruined the cause of God in England. No combination is too strong for Him. But when we have done all that we can, let us pray much more than we ever have done. Therefore, pray God to bless his Church for your dear children’s sake. The temple was the fabric of wisdom. Three men walked by faith and not by sight (2Cor 5:7) and became living epistles (2Cor 3:2) that pointed to a supernatural God Who even the king of kings was forced to acknowledge as the Most High God! Our religious culture has commonly appropriated the book of Daniel in one of two ways: 1) heroic examples of faith that we are to emulate. The Lxx translated the Hebrew with proskuneo which means to bow down, to prostrate oneself in homage before another in the full sense of worship, not mere reverence or courtesy!). They had not received any special revelation promising their deliverance. 5. Now one thing is popular, now another; today the feelings may prompt to one thing, tomorrow to another; at one time expediency will suggest one course, at another a different course.”270, • Exclusivity of the Christian Worldview -. Some friends talk about exclusive communion; but it is impossible to practice such a thing, for all true communion is with Christ the Head, and also with all the rest of the members, just as, in the body, every member communicates with every other member; and, unless it should cut itself off, and kill itself, it must commune with all the rest. One of the surprising aspects of this chapter is the very first verse. If you have a high sense of your Master’s preciousness, you will rejoice in the deepest distress. How glad your souls are! Nebuchadnezzar regarded refusing to worship the image as treason, not only as a religious offense. One has to believe God is behind the scenes, orchestrating the scenes He is behind! Daniel does not even say to the Lord, “Cause thy face to shine upon me.” Have not you, beloved, sometimes felt that you could almost forego the light of God’s countenance yourself if he would but bless his Church? I shall receive no hurt from sorrow if I shall walk in the midst of the fire. 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.”. Some of you are hurting. In contrast to the false accusation in Da 3:12, they did not disregard Nebuchadnezzar's commands which did not call for compromising their faith or God's truth. One has to marvel at the mind of an angry man, binding them up as if they were actually going to be able to escape! should consider well the response of these men in this crisis when their lives were at stake. Deliverance comes from God, to the people of God. (Job 13:15), Showers - They declared that, if it were God’s purpose to deliver them, He would deliver them; however, if it were not God’s purpose to deliver them, they still would not offend Him by obeying the king’s command. With God’s face shining upon his sanctuary, his Word goes forth from his servants with energy and force which none can resist. The tense of the Greek verb in Matthew 4:9 indicates that Satan asked Jesus to worship him only one time, and the Savior refused. Rich was their reward. Study the bible online using commentary on Daniel 3 and more! There are some people who call themselves Christians who never get above self-interest even in their religion. can become the vestibule of faith! But richer pastures I prepare, Let us pray for furnace grace… “When Caesar arrogates to himself the things that are the Lord’s, then, and in such cases, his authority is to be resisted. the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. When you see no present advantage, walk by faith and not by sight. We all have opportunity enough to be heroic. God alluded to this spiritual dynamic when He encouraged Elijah…, Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him. 268 Benware, Daniel’s Prophecy of Things to Come, 82. That is complete deliverance. He was rioting in gay company: "his princes, his wives, and his concubines." With tokens of my love; Nicholas Ridley had been raised Catholic but converted to Protestantism. The loss is transient, but the gain is everlasting. And answered, Christ is all. that enabled them to stand firm against the schemes of the prideful king (cp Ep 6:11-note)…. He is able to deliver thee, Full of pity, love, and power; Nebuchadnezzar may put you into the fire, but he cannot keep you there, nor can he make the fire burn you. But I want more, O my Father; I want Calvary to lead up to it. An example of this was displayed in 1936 when Herr Baldur von Schirach, head of the youth program in Nazi Germany, said: "If we act as true Germans we act according to the laws of God. by Charles H. Spurgeon ... A Chat about Commentaries n order to be able to expound the Scriptures, and as an aid to your pulpit studies, you will need to be familiar with the commentators: ... on the Book of Isaiah, in 3 vols., on the Book of Job, in 2 vols., on the Book of Daniel, in 2 vols., or in 11 double vols. "So these men, in their trousers, robes, head coverings, and other clothes—were tied up and thrown into the furnace of blazing fire!". ’Tis the grandest theme for a mortal strain; No other god - Nebuchadnezzar is beginning to get a correct opinion of the Living God because of the "good works" of the three Hebrew lads. H A Ironside is dogmatic on the identity (and I am in agreement) - The blessed Son of God was there with His dear servants in their hour of trial. Thus the three Hebrew children in Daniel, by the power of grace, marched in the face of death; neither the sound of the music could allure them—nor the heat of the furnace frighten them (Da 3:17). Note that the men didn't make a spectacle of their defiance. The young man hesitated, looked around the gathered crowd, and saw some he had brought to faith in Christ. Is raised for their defence; God may permit us to suffer. O God, thy Church needs thee above everything else! There is a feeling among some good people that it will be wise to be very reticent, and hide their light under a bushel. THOUGHT - This truth should encourage all believers to stand for righteousness regardless of the consequences, for we do not know what impact our stand might have on others around us, both believers and non-believers! The’ cost of any one of us, if we are indeed living stones, no arithmetic can ever calculate. Deliverance is complete and able to bring us through the fire of tribulation and adversity. The times of which Daniel wrote were of the very worst kind, and then it was promised that the people of God would come out in their best colors: they would be strong and stout to confront the powerful adversary. Herein is wisdom, whereby substitution, the sure and speedy way of atonement, was devised! Observe that Nebuchadnezzar is placing himself above all gods, saying in a sense "I am more powerful than the gods". If done to preserve our life, then we are negating the ultimate purpose in living (Luke 17:33). What makes this so particularly strong, is, that the emperor then reigning was one of the worst and most cruel men that ever filled the throne of the Caesars. From that dream, he learned that the entire statue (the Gentile kingdoms) disintegrated because a stone struck the feet which were weak. It is easy to say, "we must live," but in reality, we all must die - so why not die making a stand for God? “Cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary.”-Daniel 9:17. They had experienced divine deliverance in Daniel 2. What had he written? As Paul explains greed or covetousness is synonymous with idolatry because it places selfish desire above obedience to God. You Gotta Serve Somebody-Bob Dylan), I saw the martyr at the stake, But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no man. It's just that we have changed the names of our idols to things like plenty (money, wealth), possessions, pleasure (entertainment, sports, etc), people, pride (position, power, prestige), etc. (1Sa 2:30b, cp Pr 3:9, 10, 14:31), If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall My servant also be; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. How might these 3 Jewish boys have rationalized (some might call it "situation ethics"!) Hope may be the telescope, but till we receive instruction, our ignorance stands in the front of the glass, and we can see nothing whatever; knowledge removes the interposing object, and when we look through the bright optic glass we discern the glory to be revealed, and anticipate it with joyous confidence. Immense wealth was lavished upon it; and you do not need that I should try to tell you at what cost the Lord is building up his true sanctuary here among men. 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. Posted by: In Revelation 12:7 we read about a war in heaven and Michael and his angels fight against the devil and his angels and the devil is cast down to earth. Notice in this Psalm the "antidote" for not becoming like the godless idols is to trust in Jehovah. (Wiersbe, W. W. Be Resolute). They were delivered through the fire which brought death to their executioners and in a way that destroyed only their bonds. The enemy casts you into the furnace bound, but the fire will loosen your bonds, and you will walk at liberty amid the glowing coals. Where was the hand? Put us in Nebuchadnezzar’s furnace (Dan. In meditating upon Daniel’s prayer,” Cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary,” I shall, first of all, speak upon the holy place: “thy sanctuary.” Then, secondly, we will consider, the earnest prayer itself; and, lastly, we will think of the conduct consistent with such a prayer as this. Whoever does not fall down and worship - will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace." "Then why do we fret and sigh; (A Time to Disobey- Nov, 1999). Daniel’s Band “O Daniel, a man greatly beloved.”— Daniel x. We do not know if they knew Isaiah's words (they were spoken/written around 700BC, at least 100 years before this event in Daniel 3). "Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made - very good. (Ec 7:9). Yes, sometimes God does protect us from the fire but other times He protects through the fire. Grace enables a man to do that which exceeds the power of nature. 2:10-note). 5. The narrative of the manly courage and marvellous deliverance of the three holy children, or rather champions, is well calculated to excite in the minds of believers firmness and steadfastness in upholding the truth in the teeth of tyranny and in the very jaws of death. They did not know that He would. Now we will see which weighs the most. God's power ought to be a strong comfort to us in trouble or danger. Is God able to deliver believers from all problems and trials? We must understand there is a clear distinction between the things that are Caesar’s and the things that are God’s alone (Mat. Warren Wiersbe -When God puts His own people into the furnace, He keeps His eye on the clock and His hand on the thermostat. We must trust Him and hope in Him in spite of the trials that threaten to overwhelm us. Some will say, "Do not be imprudent." Some will say, "Do not be imprudent." So the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, because we have spoken against the LORD and you; intercede with the LORD, that He may remove the serpents from us." I rejoice in them. (Acts 5:28, 29), When man’s laws clearly conflict with God’s laws, you are to obey God BUT be ready for the consequences. Give me real faith; give me warmer zeal; inflame me with more fervent love; grant me the grace of meekness; make me more like Jesus. True religion is not all creed; it has also a very practical side, and we ought not to overlook this word "serve." I would not be surprised to hear them say something like Psalm 23:4-note or Psalm 27-note! “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Come boldly, O believer, for despite the whisperings of Satan and the doubtings of thine own heart, thou art greatly beloved. Like a son of the gods - By using the term of comparison "like" the king was saying that there was something different, even something divine about the fourth figure. Read the Holy Scripture, and see for yourself. The challenge may come as an invitation to gratify the lusts of the flesh, or as a series of disheartening circumstances. 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. If mere trials distress and grieve, what will you do when all the hurricanes of divine vengeance sweep across the earth and shake its pillars? Genuine faith stays strong when deliverance seems distant. Beloved, if we as NT believers persist in pursuing what God warns us not to pursue, we run the danger (after His repeated warnings) that one day He no longer provides a remedy but gives us over to what we have been willfully, rebelliously pursuing! Daniel 3:25 = "Walking in the midst of the fire" Covetousness sold Christ and envy delivered Him. (2 Co 6:17). You know what he became. Come out (aorist imperative = Command to do this now. We must not suppose that a holy life is always an easy one. 7. The more demerit you feel, the clearer is the display of the abounding love of God in having chosen you, and called you, and made you an heir of bliss. Oh, the atrocity of the sin of a pardoned soul! Tony Garland - It is impossible to meditate upon the events of this chapter without bringing to mind the disturbing historical parallel between the “burning fiery furnace” constructed by Nebuchadnezzar and the ovens the Nazis used during theholocaust.202 Of all the peoples of history, no other nation has seen approximately one-third of their number perish at the hands of their enemies—most having been incinerated in ovens. They, at least, show no cowardice. It is all very well for a man to pray, but the value of his prayer very much depends upon its sincerity, and that sincerity will be ’proved by his doing something that will help to answer his own prayer. God sometimes gives men warnings which they must notice. If Jesus lifts the light affliction, all is well. Matthew. Threats of death cannot dissuade them. Daniel 3:2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent word to assemble the satraps, the prefects and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates and all the rulers of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Loud to the praise of love divine, He clearly had an anger problem, for after all he does not even know yet whether they are guilty of the charges. In summary, they were taught the truth about God and this truth was used by His Spirit to increase and stabilize their faith (cp Ro 10:17-note). The prevalent idea behind this ancient view is, “I’m OK. 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