Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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Daniel 3

Outline and Background

The Creation - Daniel 3:1

The Ceremony and the Command - Daniel 3:2-7

The Conspiracy and the Coercion - Daniel 3:8-15

The Courage - Daniel 3:16-18

The Coolness - Daniel 3:19-27

The Confession - Daniel 3:28

The Canon and the Commission - Daniel 3:29-30

Application and Typical Prophecies

The Canon and the Commission - Daniel 3:29-30

The Bible clearly states that the nations will be judged for their treatment of Yahweh’s people (Genesis 12:3; Matthew 25:31-46). Such a great fear of the LORD must have been sown into the king’s heart to account for his adding to Babylon’s canon of laws, the official decree of toleration towards the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. With this decree, he saved his people from the wrath of God. God brought about two miracles that day: the deliverance and the decree.

Decrees like this one are found in nonbiblical sources of Babylon and Persia. The Council of Wisdom, which comes from this period reads:

Every day worship your god.
Sacrifice and benediction are the proper accompaniment of incense.
Present your freewill offering to your god,
For this is proper towards the gods.
Prayer, supplication, prostration
Offer him daily, and you will get your reward.
Then you will have full communion with your god.
In your wisdom study the tablet.
(Documents from Old Testament Times, 106).

As surmised from the Council of Wisdom, one could choose his or her god or gods. Since the king acknowledged the Most High God, it was not difficult for Nebuchadnezzar to add the God of Israel to the Babylonian pantheon. The king has not yet recognized Yahweh as sovereign. Keep in mind that God is still working on him. The king is about to discover that there are not many gods, but one!

THE COMMISSION (3:30)

One can imagine how the already envious Chaldeans felt when the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon. Faith is rewarded!

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