Instead of the Jews bowing down to Nebuchadnezzar’s gods,
the king confessed the God of the three men.
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.
- God has sent His angel.
- God delivers those who trust in Him.
- God made him change his boast, “Then what god will
be able to rescue you from my hand?”
- The three were willing to die in order to remain
true to their God.
- 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