(13-15) Nebuchadnezzar interviews the disobedient Hebrew men. : The statement of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego is also remarkable for what it does. IV. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the … i. Nebuchadnezzar knew a lot about God – but he did not yet know Him personally. 1. "[29] It also had the utility of legitimizing the Jewish religion throughout the period, of their captivity. Between the vision of Nebuchadnezzar in the second chapter and that of Daniel in the seventh, four narratives of Daniels and his friends' personal history are introduced. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. Nebuchadnezzar summoned his officials to the image for what he... 2. 2. "[35], To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. We can imagine that the king had them cast into the furnace and didn’t intend to look twice, believing they would be immediately consumed. Daniel Chapter 3: When things get hot! i. “Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in the province of Babylon. The three Jews refuse trust in the Lord and refuses to give in (16-18) Many guesses as to why his name does not appear here have been offered, but the total silence of the Scriptures on that point leaves the matter undisclosed. "[20], "Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace seven times more than it was wont to be heated. Here is an instance of the vast superiority of the old King James Version above everything since then. "An image of gold ..." The sheer size of this colossus, 90 feet by 9 feet seems to indicate that it was not of solid gold, but that it was made of some other material and overlaid with the precious metal. Click on the different category headings to find out more. 3. This passage should be rendered, "The fourth is like the Son of God," exactly as it is in the KJV. : It took great faith to say this. This is an egregious error. Commentary on Daniel: Chapter 3 Daniel 3. Our religious culture has commonly appropriated the book of Daniel in one of two ways: 1) heroic examples of faith that we are to emulate. Daniel 3 suggests that the king determined to solidify his dominion by unifying the many races and nations under his rule with a common religion and object of worship. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image. Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us, : In this, the Jewish men showed a good understanding and appreciation of God’s great power. ", NEBUCHADNEZZAR'S RECEPTION OF THE CHARGES. This posed a serious threat to the Jews. Other nations, who believed in more than one god, simply added this idol to their list of deities to be worshipped. That is what the words mean. Bible Commentary Daniel 3. Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the peoples, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.". Daniel 3:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Daniel 3:18, NIV: "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.'" "[19] Certainly, it is difficult to imagine that same pseudonymous author in the period of Antiochus would have omitted Daniel's name in recording this miracle. has led some critics to say that the Book of Daniel was written hundreds of years after the time of Daniel. Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, : Nebuchadnezzar gave glory to God, but he recognized that this great God is not, Who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, : In Daniel 3:15 Nebuchadnezzar asked, “who, the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, He is the God who demands exclusive allegiance (, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God, : Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego surrendered themselves. "[15] There is additional comment on this in the Introduction. This whole account is a powerful illustration of the principle of Romans 12:1. The charge was disregarding the king"s command... 3. No Other God — that assertion is at the core of this chapter as it is in the entire book of Daniel. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. There is no other God who can deliver like this: Seeing God at work in the life of His people was an extremely effective testimony to Nebuchadnezzar. These arrogant words remind us of what Sennacherib's Rabshakeh said to Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:19ff); and that, of course, was another occasion when God miraculously intervened. There were Greeks in Nebuchadnezzar's service; and there is ample evidence that Greek culture had penetrated the Babylonian culture. Certainly, in this case, the Chaldean accusers were foiled completely; and the Jewish religion was made to be legitimate throughout the whole period of their captivity!