Thursday, August 07, 2008

Biblical Thought for the Day

Today, I stumpled across the story in Daniel where the 3 fellows (Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego) were being led into the furnace to die. Nebuchadnezzar was so angry, it says he had the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual! Can you imagine how hot that was? Then it says in Daniel 3:21 that they were wearing their robes, trousers, turbans & other clothes - I'm hot just thinking of all those clothes on TOP of the heat from the fire.

But look what it says next:

Daniel 3:22-23 "The king's command was so urgent & the furnance so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soliders who took up Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego, & these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnance."

It was SOOO hot, the heat killed the soldiers who were taking these guys up there! Where they able to flee? Or could they already sense the presence of that 4th person that was there in the furnance with them? Did they not fear it at all where they thought - "let's just show them the power of God! We dont have anything to worry about!"

Oh - to have that much courage & faith to walk into a fiery furnace & know everything was going to be alright!


  1. Just taught a lesson on that 2 weekends ago with the KIA group... and that is the point I hit on... the furnace so hot it killed those walking up to it! I couldn't help but relate in my own mind that furnace and missionaries who go into a country where there is unrest... they know that they could die, but know that the "4th person" is right there with them... Me.... I am not so brave!!!!!



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