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The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
In Luke 16, Jesus tells the story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man, who is being tormented in hell, begs for Abraham to send someone from the dead to warn his family and friends. Abraham replied, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31).
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are Old Testament examples of God’s power over death. Not only did the three Hebrews refuse to bow down to the image that Nebuchadnezzar set up, they defied him by declaring the ability of their “foreign” God. Echoing David’s stand against Goliath and foreshadowing Jesus’ comments to the Sanhedrin, these three Israelites stood before the most powerful man in the world at the time and told him that they served a God who was able to save them, even from the clutches of death. What’s more, even if God did not save them, they still refused to bow down.
In a fit of rage, Nebuchadnezzar superheated the furnace to the point that the guards who threw the three men in perished from its heat. Yet instead of dying, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ended up in the fire, walking around unbound with one who “looks like a son of the gods” (v. 25).
Most theologians argue that this was a theophany, a pre-incarnational sighting of Jesus joining His people in the midst of their suffering and saving them from the fiery pit, a beautiful analogy for what He would do for us in His finished work of death, burial, and resurrection.
When Nebuchadnezzar saw that there was no physical evidence of the three ever being near fire, he turned his focus to proclaiming their God and promoting Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in their positions in the province of Babylon.
Apply the Word
When you are tempted to give in to the idols that tempt you, do you believe that God is able to save you from their destructive patterns? We serve the same God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, a God who may not save us from the trial but who has promised to be with us and be faithful to deliver us into His presence.
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