Verse of the Day Devotion. Daniel 3:21
“Then these men were tied up in their trousers, their coats, their caps, and their other clothes, and were cast into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire.” – Daniel 3:21
This verse speaks of the punishment of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego because they refused to bow before the gods of Babylon. This was a decree that was put forth by Nebuchadnezzar. “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 3:4-6. This was the edict the people were required to follow; when the music is heard all were to fall down and worship the golden image, their god, that passed by.
However, there were three that did not worship it, those being the three Hebrews mentioned above being Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. The Chaldeans observed this and brought this before the king. “You yourself, 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 that they would not obey what he had commanded. So he called for them to be brought to him. When they get there, the first thing he does is ask them if this was true, and then gave them another opportunity to do what he had commanded.
However, even before the music started, they said to him, “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 3:16b-18. This obviously ticked off the king who then ordered the furnace heated up seven times more then normal, and then had them bound and thrown in. “Then these men were tied up in their trousers, their coats, their caps, and their other clothes, and were cast into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire. For this reason, because the king’s command was urgent and the furnace had been made extremely hot, the flame of the fire slew those men who carried up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego.” Daniel 3:21-22.
However, this did not turn out as expected. “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. 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!” Daniel 3:24-25. He saw the three who were bound and cast into the furnace. However, when he looked in, there were four unbound people, and the fourth was like an angelic being, referred to here as a son of the gods. And there was no harm done to them. “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.” Daniel 3:27.
God wanted them to maintain their positions for they had not finished the work He had for them to do. Therefore He would allow no harm to come to the. And in the same way, we can trust God that He will do something similar with us if we find ourselves in a time of great trial. He has the capability to protect us from anything man can do to us, and if it is His will He will rescue us from any situation. However, if He is ready to bring us home, then we should gladly say goodbye to this world. “Do not fear them, for the LORD your God is the one fighting for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22. And also, “And the LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8. So in all times, be at peace knowing God will take care of you in any situation.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.