King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent to gather the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces gathered for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. And the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Daniel 3:1-7
So Daniel not only tells Nebuchadnezzar what he had dreamed but also gives the king the interpretation of the dream. Nebuchadnezzar then falls down before Daniel in amazement and declares that Daniel’s God is the God of all gods. One might think that after that Nebuchadnezzar just might want to look into Daniel” god a bit farther. We might think so but we would be wrong.
No, instead Nebuchadnezzar created a golden idol for the people in Babylon people to worship. If they refuse he is ready to condemn them to a death in a fiery furnace. Not much had changed. Of course Nebuchadnezzar was acting as most rulers of the era did. Kings during that time forced their people to worship whichever god the king chose to worship and some even elevated themselves to the role of a god.
What this did cause was a problem among the Jewish captives. Those who still followed God knew that they were commanded to worship only God and no other gods or idols. Today’s verses set up a confrontation between the king and the Jews. If the Jews refuse to worship the golden idol they face a horrible death but if they follow Nebuchadnezzar’s order they face the wrath of God.
Have a blessed day,