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 Confession - Daniel 3:28

Instead of the Jews bowing down to Nebuchadnezzar’s gods, the king confessed the God of the three men.

Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

The king testified, directly or indirectly, to five things in verses 29-30.

  1. God has sent His angel.
  2. God delivers those who trust in Him.
  3. God made him change his boast, “Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
  4. The three were willing to die in order to remain true to their God.
  5. There is no other God able to deliver this way.

What is lacking in the king’s testimony? God is the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but not the God of Nebuchadnezzar! There is a song that says, “I am a great big bundle of potentiality” and another song that says, “He’s still working on me.” God is working on Nebuchadnezzar as evidenced by the next chapter. He is a great big bundle of potentiality and God is not about to let go of him.

What a revolting development for Nebuchadnezzar. The king assembled his officials to bring glory to his god and ends up glorifying the God of Israel. One can almost hear the laughter in heaven (cf. Psalm 2:4).

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