Faith and Grace (Daniel 3:1-30)
According to Hebrews 11:1-2, faith is defined as the assurance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen. The Bible tells us in Luke 1:37 with God all things are possible. Such was the case of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego whose faith and confidence in God was second to none.
Due to the outstanding qualities in these men they were appointed officials in Babylonian kingdom. A situation came when Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image and commanded all the officials in the provinces of Babylon to come for the dedication of the image. He ordered that when they hear the sound of the horn pipe, lyre, harp and kind of music all the various officials should fall down and worship the golden image. The three Hebrew boys refused to bow down and this made the king mad at them, he ordered that furnace should be heated seven more times. He ordered great hefty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and cast them into the fury furnace. (Daniel 3:16-18). The fire was so hot that the flame consumed those men who cast the Hebrew boys into the furnace.
The king was astonished when he discovered that men were not hurt, and although had been bound but were loosed. He ordered them to come out of the fire and made them stand in the presence of the prefects, government officials, counselors and other important men in Babylon. They all observed that the fire had no effect on the men. The expression of boldness, courage and faith by these Jews gave king Nebuchadnezzar the true picture of God and his authority as the God of Israel. The king therefore, decreed that any person that would ever speak against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego should be destroyed with his household. This was the profit of great faith, confidence and courage in God…
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