But Even If He Does Not

By , July 14, 2018

“’But if you do not worship it,
you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.
Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?’”
Daniel 3:15 (NIV)

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“’Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, 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, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’” Daniel 3:16-18 (NIV)

The three Hebrew men were threatened with death if they did not worship the image the king made. They remained true to the Lord God of the Hebrews regardless of the consequences.

Many people would argue that it is a small thing to occasionally bow the knee to the idol in order to have their lives spared. After all, the image the king made was only a piece of material and not a genuine god in competition with Jehovah. Would Jehovah not want His people to be spared such a horrible death?

These three men had their lives ahead of them and they had important positions in government where they could influence people for the Lord. Why not humour the king in this matter?

What these three men knew was that Jehovah had called on them to worship the Lord their God and serve only Him (Exodus 34:14). They knew their God was a jealous God Who would not tolerate double minded service to Him and another god.

Having committed themselves to worshipping only their God they refused to break their vow regardless of the cost. So they told the king two things. 1. Their God was able to deliver them from the furnace. 2. But even if He does not they would not disobey their God.

Today there are Christians suffering under repressive governments and fanatical groups which demand they serve their gods or die. Some give in and confess the gods of their oppressors and others remain firm in their resolve to stay faithful to their God. Many have died the martyr’s death and they have received their reward from the Lord.

This story is recorded in Scripture to strengthen the resolve of believers to say with the three Hebrews,

“We know our God can deliver us but even if he does not we will not disobey Him.”

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