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The Fiery Furnace • Based on Daniel 3.
Nebuchadnezzar, king of the mighty Babylonian Empire, made a statue of gold. The statue stood on a base; the whole thing was ninety feet tall. Dozens of the king’s officials were ordered to come to the dedication of the statue.
An announcer shouted for all to hear, “This is the king’s command: When the band starts playing, you must immediately fall down and worship the statue. If you do not, you will be thrown into this blazing furnace.”
When the music played, all the officials worshiped the statue. Daniel’s three best friends Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were there, but they refused to bow before the statue.
Livid with rage, Nebuchadnezzar shouted, “Is it true that you do not serve my gods or worship the statue of gold I have set up? Do it now! When you hear the music, fall down and worship. What god is able to rescue you from my hand?”
They replied, “O king, if we are thrown into the fire, our God is able to save us from it. He will rescue us from your hand, O king. And even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship that statue.”
Nebuchadnezzar was furious. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than before. It became so hot that the flames killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and the three men fell into the blazing furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet and cried out in amazement, “Look! I see four men walking in the fire, untied and unharmed. The fourth looks like a son of the gods. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come!”
They came out, and the all the officials crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies. Not a hair of their heads was singed.
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “I praise the God of Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his
servants! I proclaim that the people of any nation or language
who say anything against their God will be cut to pieces and their
houses turned into rubble, for no other god can save in this way.”
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