June 9, 2013

“DEFINING WHO AND WHOSE YOU ARE”

Passage: DANIEL 3:1-30

Bible Text: DANIEL 3:1-30 | Memory Verses / Daniel 3:16-18
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.”

King Nebuchadnezzar had a statue of Gold- built, 90’ high and 9’ at the base, based on a dream he had to basically honor himself-he had set an appointed time for all the people in his kingdom to daily bow toward this statue so that they are reminded who is in charge of the kingdom and in charge of their lives.

Every day, may be several times a day, when the music was played from the flute, the horn, the zither, the harp, the pipes or any kind of music, the people were to face the direction of the statue and bow down as a form of honor and submission.

Several of the king’s astrologers came to King Nebuchadnezzar and informed him that several of the governors, THAT HE HAD PLACED IN CHARGE, were not bowing down to the statue. This was their way of saying to the king that he had made a mistake in appointing these men to their positions.

The king was outraged and had the three young governors brought to him [the Jewish young men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego] He questioned the young men and demanded that they follow the law that had been set down to pay honor and submission to the king by bowing down to the statue he had made or he would have them thrown in to the blazing furnace.

The three young Jewish men refused explaining that they bowed down only to their God, the God Jehovah of Israel, and that if the king threw them into the furnace, that their God would rescue them, but even if He did not, they still would follow Him and not bow down before any idol. King Nebuchadnezzar was outraged, he had the furnace heated 7 times hotter than normal and had the three Jewish men thrown into the fire [the furnace was so hot it consumed the men trying to throw the Jewish men into the fire]- after a short time King Nebuchadnezzar was curious so he looked into the furnace to see that the three Jewish men were consumed by the fire, but he was astonished to see not three figures in the fire, but four, not burnt up, but walking around, the fourth figure was like the Son of God.

King Nebuchadnezzar had the summoned the three men to come out of the furnace, and when they did, none of their clothing was burnt or had the smell of fire, the King Nebuchadnezzar praised the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, for protecting them in the fire, and he made a new law that anyone that said anything against their God, the God Jehovah of Israel, would be cut into pieces, and their houses torn down into a pile of rubble. He acknowledges that no other god was like the God Jehovah of Israel, and then he promoted the three Jewish men to more prominent positions in the kingdom.

“This is all to say that Christianity brings a new conscience into life. Neither the individual Christian nor the Christian Church can ever know anything of a cowardly concealment or a cowardly silence.” — Barclay’s Daily Study Bible
Other Verses to consider:
 

Isaiah 55:8-9 /  ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 / 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Matthew 5:10-12 / 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you

Matthew 10:37-39 / 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

John 15:20-21 / 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

John 16:33/  33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:38-39/ 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Corinthians 4:17/ 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

2 Corinthians 6:17 / 17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

Ephesians 3:20/  20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Colossians 1:13-14 /13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

Memory Verses / Daniel 3:16-18

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.”

King Nebuchadnezzar had a statue of Gold- built, 90’ high and 9’ at the base, based on a dream he had to basically honor himself-he had set an appointed time for all the people in his kingdom to daily bow toward this statue so that they are reminded who is in charge of the kingdom and in charge of their lives.

Every day, may be several times a day, when the music was played from the flute, the horn, the zither, the harp, the pipes or any kind of music, the people were to face the direction of the statue and bow down as a form of honor and submission.

Several of the king’s astrologers came to King Nebuchadnezzar and informed him that several of the governors, THAT HE HAD PLACED IN CHARGE, were not bowing down to the statue. This was their way of saying to the king that he had made a mistake in appointing these men to their positions.

The king was outraged and had the three young governors brought to him [the Jewish young men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego] He questioned the young men and demanded that they follow the law that had been set down to pay honor and submission to the king by bowing down to the statue he had made or he would have them thrown in to the blazing furnace.

The three young Jewish men refused explaining that they bowed down only to their God, the God Jehovah of Israel, and that if the king threw them into the furnace, that their God would rescue them, but even if He did not, they still would follow Him and not bow down before any idol. King Nebuchadnezzar was outraged, he had the furnace heated 7 times hotter than normal and had the three Jewish men thrown into the fire [the furnace was so hot it consumed the men trying to throw the Jewish men into the fire]- after a short time King Nebuchadnezzar was curious so he looked into the furnace to see that the three Jewish men were consumed by the fire, but he was astonished to see not three figures in the fire, but four, not burnt up, but walking around, the fourth figure was like the Son of God.

King Nebuchadnezzar had the summoned the three men to come out of the furnace, and when they did, none of their clothing was burnt or had the smell of fire, the King Nebuchadnezzar praised the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, for protecting them in the fire, and he made a new law that anyone that said anything against their God, the God Jehovah of Israel, would be cut into pieces, and their houses torn down into a pile of rubble. He acknowledges that no other god was like the God Jehovah of Israel, and then he promoted the three Jewish men to more prominent positions in the kingdom.

“This is all to say that Christianity brings a new conscience into life. Neither the individual Christian nor the Christian Church can ever know anything of a cowardly concealment or a cowardly silence.” — Barclay's Daily Study Bible

Other Verses to consider:

 

Isaiah 55:8-9 /  ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord, for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 / 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Matthew 5:10-12 / 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you

Matthew 10:37-39 / 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

John 15:20-21 / 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

John 16:3333 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:38-39/ 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Corinthians 4:17/ 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

2 Corinthians 6:17 / 17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

Ephesians 3:20/  20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Colossians 1:13-14 /13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.