The THREE HEBREW BOYS said, “IF IT BE SO: Our GOD whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace and HE will deliver us out of thine hand, O king Nebuchadnezzar…BUT IF NOT: Be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up…” (Daniel 3:17-18) What an act for us to follow, “DON’T GIVE IN!”
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
BRAVO! You may know the story of the infamous THREE HEBREW BOYS (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) who stood up for justice and politely gave the king of Babylon (Nebuchadnezzar) a piece of their minds! This is not some fairy tale story about three young Jewish princes (who were captured from Jerusalem and taken to Babylon). In fact, it is a horror story because they were made eunuchs against their wills and forced to live in the palace (among heathens), hounded day and night to eat and drink from the king’s table (but they refused these foods and beverages for a reason), and rudely subjected to ungodly worship, spiritual perversion, and much, much, much more. Here in the U.S.A., the Laws would put Nebuchadnezzar and his cut throat heathens up under the jail for kidnapping, inhumane treatment, and the sin of castration.
As the story goes, king Nebuchadnezzar erected a golden statue (approximately 12 ½ by 125 feet tall) for everyone (Gentiles and Jews) in Babylon to bow down on their knees to worship. Now you know there’s always somebody present who will stir up trouble against God’s chosen people. There may be people on your job who like you soooo much that they find your errors and mistakes to give your Supervisor. I know of people who deliberately keep up with everyone’s absences (sick leave or vacation time from work) and they are not the Time Keeper for the Department! Instead, they are just “busybodies.”
Well, the THREE HEBREW BOYS had a few “good fellows” called Chaldeans who reported them to the king because they refused to bow down before the golden image which was some stupid new World religion created by king Nebuchadnezzar (who had a humongous ego). Why? Let’s just say, “Because the king had nothing else to do.” He should have got the phone book or the encyclopedia pages to read that night!
Here is the real deal! The THREE HEBREW BOYS were true worshippers of the ALMIGHTY GOD OF HEAVEN and EARTH. They chose the FIERY FURNACE (the penalty for refusing to obey the king’s decree). Let’s say they would rather burn than to bow down to a stupid, cold, and lifeless statue of gold! How many of us serve false gods such as money, silver, gold, other people, our jobs, assets, or whatever. Many of us make compromises with our salvation. Some of us have been straddling the fence for 20 to 50 years! Some of us don’t have the face or courage to stand up for JESUS (especially knowing HE healed us, HE delivered us, HE gave us multiple chances to do right, and HE delayed punishment upon us). Unlike many of us, the THREE HEBREW BOYS held their ground! They were convinced that GOD could save them if HE elected too or not! What courage! What faith! One way or another, the THREE HEBREW BOYS firmly held on to their belief! My advice to you is, “DON’T GIVE IN!” Even if you are the only one standing, stand fast in the liberty of JESUS CHRIST! Don’t bow down to gold, silver, or green!
Have a Blessed Day!