Burn Them!

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    Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon and he was an evil king. He had built a golden idol and commanded all people to worship it. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego refused to worship the idol and instead they trusted in their God, the true God of heaven. The king was furious and commanded that the three men should be thrown into a furnace and the furnace was to be turned up seven times the normal amount. The guards of the king that threw the three men into the fire died from the heat, however Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego were not harmed. Their clothes were not burned and didn’t even smell like smoke. Nebuchadnezzar’s response is recorded in Daniel 3:28.

    Daniel 3:28 says, “Nebuchadnezzar hath answered and hath said, 'Blessed is the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who hath sent His messenger, and hath delivered His servants who trusted on Him, and the word of the king changed, and gave up their bodies that they might not serve nor do obeisance to any god except to their own God.”

    One might think that seeing something like this would make one turn to God and trust Him for the rest of their life. Yet it wasn’t long before Nebuchadnezzar turned away from God again. Our faith in God must not come and go as it did with Nebuchadnezzar, but must continually grow stronger.