Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” Daniel 3:13-15
It is not good to make the king mad. Of course you need to make sure you don’t anger the wrong king. Make an earthly king mad and he may punish you and that punishment may be severe but earthly kings can only inflict punishment for just so long. The human body can only endure so much punishment then it will shut down. But if you turn away from the King of Kings that decision will be an eternal one.
In today’s verses we see that Nebuchadnezzar has called Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to give them one last chance to bow down and worship the golden idol the king has had built. For the majority of the world at Daniel’s time this would not seem to be much of a problem. After all what was one more god? Typically when a people were conquered they would accept the gods of the conquer and in some instances the conquer would accept some or all or the conquered gods. So the Jewish attitude was probable a bit of a puzzle to most. Still the wise men of Babylon were not to let this golden opportunity to get rid of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
What about Daniel? Well it is most likely Daniel may have been occupied somewhere else in the kingdom. What we will see later tells us Daniel was no more likely to bow down to a golden idol than Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. No, if the wise men could have included Daniel they would have.
Sometimes we think that we no longer need to worry about worshiping idols such as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were required to do. We would of course be wrong. Most of the times we set up our own idols in place of God. Maybe it is our job or it could be a fancy car or extravagant house. Society wants us to worship at the altar of tolerance. We are told that not only should we have to accept people’s differences but we need to embrace these differences, else we will be called haters. No we have just as many idols today to worship as they did back in Daniel’s time. What we need is to show the same devotion to God as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Have a blessed day,