The Faith of Daniel’s Friends

Text: Daniel 3

Setting: Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image (v. 1), commanded all to worship it (v. 4-6). The people obeyed (v. 7), except for some Jews — Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego (v. 12). Nebuchadnezzar became angry and called the men before him to answer (v. 13-15).

They Knew What Was Right

  • These men did not claim ignorance — they deliberately defied the king’s order
  • God condemned idolatry (Exodus 20:2-6)
  • Our God whom we serve…” — their faith was more than just a belief in the existence of God; they served Him
  • A dead faith will not be strong in the face of opposition (John 12:42-43)

They Knew What God Could Do

  • They were convinced that God could deliver them from the king — How?
  • God was the Creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1)
  • God had a history of delivering His people
  • Their faith was not based upon personal experience, but that they had been taught (cf. Romans 10:17)

Their Faith Was Not Based on God Doing Their Will

  • But even if He does not…” — they recognized the possibility that God would allow them to suffer
  • The fact that God had the ability to save them did not necessarily mean that He would
  • God’s will is not the same as man’s will (Isaiah 55:8-9)

They Were Willing to Endure Anything

  • They knew the king’s punishment… they knew that God was able to deliver them if He chose to do so… they had no guarantees about the outcome of their situation
  • They were cast into the furnace (v. 19-23)
  • Ultimately, God delivered them (v. 24-26)

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