Fiery Furnace

Bible Study Follow Up: The Fiery Furnace

Sorry to post this so late, but better late than never, right?

So, two weeks ago we discussed the popular Old Testament story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, cast into a fiery Babylonian furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar because they refused to bow to his golden idol.

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We discussed the world in which they were living, how the Hebrew people had been brought into captivity once again after a succession of ineffective, corrupt kings. But while in captivity, certain bright, promising young men were allowed into the king’s court for training and instruction to be future leaders, including our three heroes of the faith and Daniel.

We discussed the reasons Nebuchadnezzar would have been so upset with them, how their faith showed through adversity (see Daniel 3:18, refusing to bow even in the face of certain death). We discussed ways to develop faith like that (through reading the word, prayer, surrounding ourselves with others who are strong in their faith, etc).

Ryan made an interesting point about the fact that the command was to bow down to the golden idol at the sound of the music and the way so much of popular music today essentially has people worshipping idols, essentially bowing down.

We also talked about the fact that their faith and ultimate deliverance so impressed the king that he declares “there is no other God who can deliver like this” and talked about instances where our faith may have shown through to others in a similar way or when we were delivered from our own “fiery furnaces”.

One thing we didn’t discuss though was this question: Why did Nebuchadnezzar build the idol and demand everyone to bow and worship in the first place? What does he gain by that?

Thanks to everyone who came out and we hope to see you all tomorrow night!