In this section of Daniel, we look at an event that is well known to many. Daniel’s three friends—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—give us an example of tremendous faith by standing up to a powerful and arrogant king. Approximately 16 years passed between Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in chapter 2 and his command to build a real statue in chapter 3. And it’s probably safe to assume that the dream statue was inspiration for the real one. It was Nebuchadnezzar’s plan to use this statue as a political and religious unifier. He wanted to bring the people together not just in worship, but in worship and allegiance to him. But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not afraid to defy his blasphemous command. They knew their God was bigger and more powerful than any earthly king.
“Then Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent His angel to rescue His servants who trusted in Him. They defied the king’s command and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.’” (Daniel 3:28, NLT)
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