From the account recorded in Daniel 3, we learn that the 3 Hebrew men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow down and worship anyone other than their one true God, Yahweh. For them, there was no other God, who was to be worshiped or served. Interestingly, the very king who had ordered them to be thrown into the burning furnace acknowledges that there is No Other God who could deliver as was evident.
When we stand firm without compromise, expressing that we shall have no other gods before us, then we can trust that God will show up and deliver us, making those around us, including those who are against us, to recognize that there is indeed NO OTHER GOD who can deliver us from impending doom, except Jesus Christ (Daniel 3:29).
When the 3 Hebrew men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, chose to follow God’s command of not worshipping any other god or idol and refused to follow the king’s command that required them to worship the image of the king, they were thrown into a blazing furnace. However, miraculously God shows up in the fire and delivers them from their bondage.
The Holy Spirit of God is often likened to Fire. In the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit symbolically appeared as tongues of fire (Act 2:3). When God was pleased with a sacrifice, Fire descended from heaven as a means to demonstrate God’s acceptance of man’s sacrifice (1 Chronicles 21:26). Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego offered their bodies as a living sacrifice and God was pleased with their offering and accepted their willingness to sacrifice themselves, by showing up in the fire.
Point(s) to ponder:
Have you and I offered our lives as a living sacrifice to God? When we believe in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is poured into us and God shows up in our life. And when one is filled with the Fire of God (Holy Spirit), then the external fiery trials of life can’t consume us. Are you and I filled with the Fire of God? In other words, have you and I accepted Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Master?
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the 3 Hebrew men, were posed a question by king Nebuchadnezzar who threatened to throw them into a blazing furnace for their defiance of his edict, wherein they refused to bow down to and worship the image that the king had erected. The question was “Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” Mistakenly the king felt these men were in his hand, while they knew that they were in the Hands of the One
- who was the Creator; who had not only created all of creation but who had fashioned man in His own image as well (Genesis 1,2).
- who was the Deliverer; who smote the Egyptian captors and delivered them from physical bondage (Exodus 3:20), who could now deliver again.
While the king threatened them by stating that they were in his hands, they recognized that there was nothing to fear about, because they feared the one in whose Hands they would fall into, if they chose to follow the king’s command. The knew very well that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).
Point(s) to ponder:
In whose Hands are you and I? Let not the world threaten us of anything, for when we are in the Hands of the living God, there is nothing else to fear, except the One in whose hand it is fearful to fall into.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the 3 Hebrew boys who chose to defy an earthly king were accused by some Chaldeans that they did not serve the king, nor bow down (worship) to the image that the king had set up. Upon interrogation by the king, they were found guilty of not following the king’s edict and sentenced to a fiery death. Though cursorily it may seem that the accusation that the 3 Hebrew boys were charged with, was that they disobeyed a king, in reality, the accusation that they were charged with was that they obeyed, worshiped and served Yahweh, the Only King that mattered. And while they were found guilty by men, they were found NOT guilty by God who miraculously intervened and saved them from certain impending death.
Point(s) to ponder:
What are you and I being accused of?
Is it that we serve, worship and obey the Only King of kings, Jesus Christ, who lives forever?
If I was to ask you, what are the names of the three Hebrew boys who defied king Nebuchadnezzar, and refused to bow to His image, even if it meant that their life could end, chances are that most of us will respond, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego”. Even our beloved 4 year old son, Reuben, has this Veggietales DVD entitled “Rack, Shack and Benny” which is a rendition of the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abenego. Unfortunately, most of us are familiarly acquainted with this fantastic 3 by their Babylonian names but their real Hebrew names were Hannaniah, Mishael and Azariah. Why is this important?
With one’s name is closely tied that individual’s identity. This is why we have rechristening which often includes a name that signifies that we belong to Christ. The Babylonians had changed the names of these faithful worshippers and servants of the One true God (Yahweh), to names that had ties to the gods of Babylonia (Shadrach purportedly means the command of aku, a Babylonian moon god; Meshach supposedly means the servant of a Chaldean god and Abednego means the servant of Nabu/Nego, another Babylonian god).
But from the 3 Hebrew boys, we learn that while the world may rename us or know us by names that it gives us, our true identity must be as one bearing the name of Jesus Christ, the one TRUE God. And when we recognize that, we can be confident that no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Hannaniah (Shadrach) means ‘Yahweh is gracious’, Mischael means “Who is like Yahweh?” and Azariah means “Yahweh has helped”. Shadrach must have known, that God was true to His Name and that God was gracious. Meshach must have known that there was no one like Yahweh and interestingly Abednego must have recognized that God has helped. Note, Azariah does not mean God will help, but God has helped.
What do people know you as? And when they call us by our name, does it reflect on the One who has the Name above all names?