Profiles in Courage (6 of 18) by Jerry Vines
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This story is probably familiar to most of you who have been going to church for any period of time. It is the familiar account in the Old Testament of the three Hebrew young people, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who were thrown into the fiery furnace.
I heard about a preacher who was preaching on this subject and was having a hard time remembering the names of those three Hebrew young people. He decided he would write their names on a card and put it on the inside of his coat pocket. Sure enough as he was preaching along he couldn't remember the names. He looked in his coat and said, ''I want to talk to you about the three Hebrew young people, Hart, Schaffner and Marx.'' Three Hebrew people to be sure, but not the ones mentioned in the Word of God.
This is one of the most thrilling stories in all of the Bible. It pulsates with drama, and it is a thrilling example of courage and non-compromise. It could indeed be titled, ''Profiles in Courage.''
You will recall in the second chapter that God revealed a dream of King Nebuchadnezzar about a magnificent image and the head of that image was gold. Daniel said to the king that the head of gold represents you. Toward the conclusion of this second chapter, verse 47, it says that the king said, ''Of a truth, your God is a God of God, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets.'' A magnificent statement about the greatness of our God!
Evidently his respect for the truth about God was short lived. Now he has decided, in chapter 3, to construct an image of gold. As we look at this image of gold, there is a message for our hearts. And there is a challenge for all of us to stand true to the Lord and be courageous in our faith of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I want to talk about this image of gold.
I. The Construction of the Image.
Verse 1 tells us that Nebuchadnezzar the king makes an image of gold. There seemed to be several reas ...
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