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Faith in the Fire
Series: Daniel (8 of 18)
This is the third and exciting scene of the mighty story about the three Hebrew young people who were being cast into the burning fiery furnace. They had refused to bow to the king’s image of gold. The king has now tried to bend them and force them to do his will. They have stood tall and refused to yield to the pressure of the king. They have backed the king into a corner now and he has no choice but to carry out the threat. Into the burning fiery furnace they go.
When you study this third chapter, one of the things that becomes very apparent is that Shadrach, Meshech, and Abednego are very special to God. I believe that as you read through this chapter you will discover that their names are mentioned thirteen times. It’s as if God is so very proud of them that their names are being shouted up and down the corridors of heaven. These three young men, who refused to bow to the image and who refused to bend to the pressure of the king!
These young men are so famous that they are included in the New Testament in Hebrews chapter 11. In that great chapter of the heroes of faith, verse 34 referring to these young men says this: ‘‘That through faith they quenched the violence of the fire.’’ They had a faith which was fit for the fire. They had a faith which carried them through the fiery furnace.
I want to talk to you about faith for the fire. Sooner or later all of us are going to go through a burning fiery furnace experience.
There are some lessons that can be learned in the fiery furnace which can be learned in no other place.
Lesson one is, there is,
I. A Lesson on Persecution.
The king has said, into the furnace they will go. I can imagine that people began to rush to the furnace. They are scrambling for the front seats before the furnace so they can see these boys being thrown into the burning fiery furnace.
What we have here is an illustration of persecution which will ...
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