Another in the Fire

Another in the Fire

Daniel 3:1-30

In this story we learn about a King of Babylonia who had the people make a huge gold idol (ninety feet high by nine feet wide).

The king told the people, “As soon as you hear music play, you must fall and worship the image of gold. Whoever does not fall, and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” …And the people did.

Now three men, Shadrack, Meschack and Adednego (who had been assigned by Daniel to help with ruling of Babylon) believed in God. And they would not bow down to the idol. Once, the king was informed he demanded to see the men. He gave them one more chance to bow down.

The men replied, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

The king was furious and ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and ordered the men thrown into the blazing furnace. The men were bound and thrown in. The fire was so hot the soldiers who threw the men in died.  As the king and his fellow advisers looked on, they saw four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed “and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

The king demanded the men to “come out!” So the three men came out of the fire and the onlookers saw that “the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched and there was no smell of fire on them.” The king said, “Praise be to the God of these men, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command.” The king decreed that the people honor their God and promoted the three men.

Now in our current society with our religious freedoms we may not  be at risk of being thrown into a fiery furnace, but we are at risk of building up other idols in our life. May that be beauty, comfort, money, or other people’s opinions. But as commanded in Exodus 20:3, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Every day we have a choice to be faithful to God-no matter what the circumstances. Will you stand up and be faithful regardless of the consequences?

As I read this story the other morning a very timely shuffle in music occurred and the song “Another in the Fire” began to play. The song states,

All my debt left for dead beneath the waters
I'm no longer a slave to my sin anymore
And should I fall in the space between
What remains of me and this reckoning
Either way I won't bow
To the things of this world
And I know I will never be alone

There is another in the fire
Standing next to me
There is another in the waters
Holding back the seas
And should I ever need reminding
What power set me free
There is a grave that holds no body
And now that power lives in me

This song and this story show that God is good. He is our protector. The men faced a certain death by fire, but the men came out completely untouched. Only the rope that bound them had been burned. No one and nothing on this earth can bind us if God wants us to be free. The power and protection available to those men, and that raised Christ from the dead is available to us too.  

No matter what trials we face here on this earth… there will be another in the fire.

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