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 Courage - Daniel 3:16-18

It appears the command to bow down and worship the idol came as a surprise to those summoned, otherwise the three men might have avoided the dedication ceremony. If a surprise, they had no time to prepare their response to the king. The Spirit of God might have prompted their words for Jesus told His disciples:

When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say (Luke 12:11-12).

Actions usually speak louder than words, but one can hear the Holy Spirit in their reply to the furious king.

O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.

Two matters stand out in their reply: (1) The will of God might be different from what they desire; and (2) their obedience was not conditioned upon God doing what they desired. Undoubtedly, when they were back in Jerusalem, they had heard what Yahweh said through the prophet Jeremiah.

Do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress (Jeremiah 11:14).

Certainly, this was a time of distress; would God listen if they called on Him?

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