• LITERATURE (1:4) • LANGUAGE (1:4) • LIFESTYLE (1:5)
• LORD (1:6-7)
Daniel 1:4-7 GNV – 4 They had to be handsome, intelligent, well-trained, quick to learn, and free from physical defects, so that they would be qualified to serve in the royal court. Ashpenaz was to teach them to read and write the Babylonian language. 5 The king also gave orders that every day they were to be given the same food and wine as the members of the royal court. After three years of this training they were to appear before the king. Among those chosen were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, all 6 of whom were from the tribe of Judah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
The reward for conformity is that everyone would have like you but yourself.
Daniel 2:38-41 GNV – 38 He has made you ruler of all
the inhabited earth and ruler over all the animals and birds. You are the head of gold. 39 After you there will
be another empire, not as great as yours, and after that a third, an empire of bronze, which will rule the whole earth. 40 And then there will be a fourth empire, as strong as iron, which shatters and breaks everything. And just
as iron shatters everything, it will shatter and crush all the earlier empires. 41 You also saw that the feet and the toes were partly clay and partly iron. This means that it will be a divided empire. It will have something of the strength of iron, because there was iron mixed with the clay.
1. The world will always create larger than life images for us to worship.
2. When we refuse to conform, you get burned,
Civil disobedience is to refuse to abide by an earthly law because it violates a higher heavenly law.
Exodus 20:1-6 GNV – 1 God spoke, and these were his words: 2 “I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves. 3 “Worship no god but me. 4 “Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. 5 Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation. 6 But I show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws.
Daniel 3:1-13 GNV
- 1 King Nebuchadnezzar had a gold statue made, ninety feet high and nine feet wide, and he had it set up in the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
- 2 Then the king gave orders for all his officials to
come together—the princes, governors, lieutenant governors, commissioners, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the other officials of the provinces. They were to attend the dedication of the statue which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
- 3 When all these officials gathered for the dedication and stood in front of the statue,
- 4 a herald announced in a loud voice, “People of all nations, races, and languages!
- 5 You will hear the sound of the trumpets, followed by the playing of oboes, lyres, zithers, and harps; and then all the other instruments will join in. As soon as the music starts, you are to bow down and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.
- 6 Anyone who does not bow down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
- 7 And so, as soon as they heard the sound of theinstruments, the people of all the nations, races, and languages bowed down and worshiped the gold statue which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
- 8 It was then that some Babylonians took the opportunity to denounce the Jews.
- 9 They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May Your Majesty live forever!
- 10 Your Majesty has issued an order that as soon as the music starts, everyone is to bow down and worship the gold statue,
- 11 and that anyone who does not bow down and worship it is to be thrown into a blazing furnace.
- 12 There are some Jews whom you put in charge of
the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—who are disobeying Your Majesty’s orders. They do not worship your god or bow down to the statue you set up.”
- 13 At that, the king flew into a rage and ordered the three men to be brought before him.
I. They would not bow (vs. 3:8-13)
Daniel 2:48-49 GNV – 48 Then he gave Daniel a high position, presented him with many splendid gifts, put him in charge of the province of Babylon, and made him the head of all the royal advisers. 49 At Daniel’s request the king put Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in charge of the affairs of the province of Babylon; Daniel, however, remained at the royal court.
Success will always bring false friends and true enemies.
A hater is someone who will broadcast your failures and whisper your success.
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Daniel 3:13-18 GNV
- 13 At that, the king flew into a rage and ordered the three men to be brought before him.
- 14 He said to them, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you refuse to worship my god and to bow down to the gold statue I have set up?
- 15 Now then, as soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, oboes, lyres, zithers, harps, and all the other instruments, bow down and worship the statue. If you do not, you will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace. Do you think there is any god who can save you?”
- 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered, “Your Majesty, we will not try to defend ourselves.
- 17 If the God whom we serve is able to save us from the blazing furnace and from your power, then he will.
- 18 But even if he doesn’t, Your Majesty may be sure that we will not worship your god, and we will not bowdown to the gold statue that you have set up.”
II. They would not bend. (3:13-14)
The world wants to know if we are authentic:
1. The king is stuck up
2. The haters are kiss-ups
3. The Hebrew boys stand up
• Courage (v. 16)
• Conviction (v. 17)
• Confidence (v. 17b) • Commitment (v. 18)
Kinds of Faith
1. If Faith (Gen. 28:18-22)
Genesis 28:18-22 GNV – 18 Jacob got up early next morning, took the stone that was under his head, and
set it up as a memorial. Then he poured olive oil on it to dedicate it to God. 19 He named the place Bethel. (The town there was once known as Luz.) 20 Then Jacob made a vow to the Lord: “If you will be with me and protect
me on the journey I am making and give me food and clothing, 21 and if I return safely to my father’s home, then you will be my God. 22 This memorial stone which I have set up will be the place where you are worshiped, and I will give you a tenth of everything you give me.”
2. Though Faith (Job 13:15 KJV; Isaiah 54:10
Job 13:15 KJV – Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Isaiah 54:10 KJV – For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
Daniel 3:19-30 GNV
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar lost his temper, and his face turned red with anger at Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. So he ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than usual.
20 And he commanded the strongest men in his army to tie the three men up and throw them into the blazing furnace.
21 So they tied them up, fully dressed—shirts, robes, caps, and all—and threw them into the blazing furnace.
22 Now because the king had given strict orders for the furnace to be made extremely hot, the flames burned up the guards who took the men to the furnace.
23 Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, still tied up, fell into the heart of the blazing fire.
24 Suddenly Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement. He asked his officials, “Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the blazing furnace?” They answered, “Yes, we did, Your Majesty.”
25 “Then why do I see four men walking around in the fire?” he asked. “They are not tied up, and they show no sign of being hurt—and the fourth one looks like an angel.”
26 So Nebuchadnezzar went up to the door of the blazing furnace and called out, “Shadrach! Meshach! Abednego! Servants of the Supreme God! Come out!” And they came out at once.
27 All the princes, governors, lieutenant governors, and other officials of the king gathered to look at the three men, who had not been harmed by the fire. Their hair was not singed, their clothes were not burned, and there was no smell of smoke on them.
28 The king said, “Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent his angel and rescued these men who serve and trust him. They disobeyed my orders and risked their lives rather than bow down and worship any god except their own.
29 “And now I command that if anyone of any nation, race, or language speaks disrespectfully of the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, he is to be torn limb from limb, and his house is to be made a pile of ruins. There is no other god who can rescue like this.”
30 And the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to higher positions in the province of
III.They would not burn (vs.19-23) Sometimes God will save you from it.
Sometimes God will save you in it.
Isaiah 43:2-4 KJV – 2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through
the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. 3 For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.