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Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Daniel 3:16 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
22 “The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.” 30 “Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon.”
Daniel 4 “Finally, Daniel came into my [King Nebuchadnezzar] presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar, after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods is in him.) 9 I said, “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me.”
27 “Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: [after Daniel/Belteshazzar interpreted the king’s dream] Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.”
36 “At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”
Psalms 81:13 “If my people would only listen to me, if Israel would only follow my ways, 14 how quickly I would subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes!”
Revelation 17:5 “The name written on her forehead was a mystery:
babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.
6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.”
18 “The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth.”
The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego may be the best example of God rescuing his faithful from an impossible situation, then elevating them to an even greater status than before.
The men who were charged with throwing them into the fiery furnace were all killed just by being close to the fire… but when they fell in, they came out unscathed, not even smelling of smoke! AND, there was a fourth being in the furnace with them. Possibly an angel… most likely, Jesus… “and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
I love Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s response, “Our God is able to save us, but even if he doesn’t, we will not bow down to that image.” That is one of the best statements of faith, ever!
I always go back to John the Baptist… the cousin of Jesus… was imprisoned, then beheaded. It’s very possible that you may not make it out alive. Paul was set free from a prison by an earthquake in Acts… Peter escaped prison by an angel… Joseph interpreted a dream while in prison and was elevated to Vice Pharaoh! Every circumstance is different… There are NO guarantees (even if you are Jesus’ cousin!) But OUR GOD IS ABLE. But… EVEN IF HE DOESN’T…
God, you are so good! You are able! But… even if you DON’T…