forno a legna con il fuoco accesoIn the third chapter of Daniel is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.

You know the story: Nebuchadnezzar, the king, built this 90 foot high monument, like the Washington Monument, and he sent out a decree that when the music played, everyone had to bow down and worship it.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were ‘junior’ officials in the kingdom, Jews, and there were other officials who didn’t like them. They told the king that SMA didn’t bow down when they heard they music.  The king was hot.  He called them in and told them what he’d heard, and then he said, [When you hear the music], “if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” then (this is the best line in the whole story)

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” NKJV

Let’s see, in modern terms, they said, “We don’t have to worry about what you say.  Our God, Whom we serve, is ABLE to deliver us, and He WILL deliver us; BUT EVEN IF HE DOESN’T we still won’t bow down.”  Hallelujah!

The question is: how are we going to act?  Continue reading