This is an incredible story of faith and survival. The account of these three young men is one that is told over and over again, mostly to children. Children love to act out this story and retell it to others.( PAMELA ROSE WILLIAMS)
Some thoughts about Daniel 3…..
-The informers were prejudiced against the Jews, possibly because they were jealous of the Jews’ privileged position.
-Though Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are monotheistic, most other religions throughout history have been polytheistic. The numerous gods may be dominated by a supreme god or by a small group of powerful gods, but from Nebuchadnezzar’s polytheistic perspective there was no god capable of such deliverance. Unwittingly, Nebuchadnezzar challenged the power of the God of Israel.
-3:17, 18 These verses express the central theme of the chapter. The idea is not that God will always protect His people from physical harm; He may do that and certainly is able to. The central idea is that God’s people should be obedient to Him whatever the consequences.
When we obey God and he makes his presence known to us and others can see the results of our relationship with God, great things will happen.
When the king looked into the furnace that held these three men he saw four men and was astonished. He called for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to come out of the furnace and when the king saw that God protected them he too believed on God and sent out this decree:
Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon. (Daniel 3:29-30)