Verse of the Day Devotion: Daniel 3:25
“He 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!” – Daniel 3:25
This verse is a part of the story where Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-Nego were thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. This was done because they disobeyed the command of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. These three were a part of the people taken from Israel to Babylon as captives. They required them the accept the laws and beliefs that were found in Babylon, even if it went against their own.
In this instance, King Nebuchadnezzar had a large image of Gold made and set up in the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. He then declared that everyone was to worship this image. “Then the herald loudly proclaimed: “To you the command is given, O peoples, nations and men of every language, that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. But whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire.” Daniel 3:4-5. And the people obey this command. “Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.” Daniel 3:7. Now, what is sad about this is that there were many more Israelites that were carried away then Daniel and the three mentioned above; Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. (These were the Jewish names of the three, Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-Nego).
At some time later, the call was made for all the people to fall in worship the golden image. However, the three Shadrach, Meshack and Abed-Nego did not follow the require,emts (Daniel was off on a mission for the king.) So, charges were brought against them. “You, O king, have made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe and all kinds of music, is to fall down and worship the golden image. But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire. There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.” Daniel 3:10-12. Now this angered the king and he ordered them to be brought before him. When they arrived, he gave them another opportunity to follow his commands.
However, their response was not what he wanted to hear. “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18. This, of course, angered him even more and he ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter. He then has them tied up and thrown into the furnace. But it did not accomplish what he thought.
“Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire? They replied to the king, Certainly, O king.: Daniel 3:24. And then he says in our focus verse, “ He 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!” Daniel 3:25. Then the king opens the door of the furnace and tells them to come out and they noticed that the fire had no affect on their bodies, nor was their any smell of fire on them.
In the book of Deuteronomy we read the following, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6. No matter what trials we go through, God is always with us, and will bring us through, no matter how difficult it is, just as He brought the three Hebrews through the fiery flames of the furnace. The times we find ourselves are difficult, and I believe they may become even more so. However, no matter what we go through, no matter how difficult the situation and what the plans of the wicked are, we are never alone for the God who can do anything will be right there with us. Let us secure this truth in our hearts and rely totally on Him no matter what. And just like the Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego, we will come out of it just fine.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.