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Daniel 3 into the furnace


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3:1 Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold ninety feet tall and nine feet wide and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 Then he sent word to assemble the government officials throughout the empire for the dedication of the image. 3 So all the officials stood before the image Nebuchadnezzar set up. 4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed: “To you the command is given, O people of every nation and language, when you hear the sound


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3:5 of all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be immediately cast into a furnace of blazing fire.” 7 So at the sound of the music, all the people from every nation and language fell down and worshiped the golden image.


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3:5 of all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be immediately cast into a furnace of blazing fire.” 7 So at the sound of the music, all the people from every nation and language fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Why the Statue?


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3:5 of all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be immediately cast into a furnace of blazing fire.” 7 So at the sound of the music, all the people from every nation and language fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Why the Statue?

  • fitting tribute to Babylon


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3:5 of all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be immediately cast into a furnace of blazing fire.” 7 So at the sound of the music, all the people from every nation and language fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Why the Statue?

  • fitting tribute to Babylon

    Babylon the beautiful, the most glorious of kingdoms, the flower of Chaldean pride. Is 13:19


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3:5 of all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be immediately cast into a furnace of blazing fire.” 7 So at the sound of the music, all the people from every nation and language fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Why the Statue?

  • fitting tribute to Babylon

    Babylon the beautiful, the most glorious of kingdoms, the flower of Chaldean pride. Is 13:19

    “Babylon the great”Daniel 4:30


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3:5 of all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be immediately cast into a furnace of blazing fire.” 7 So at the sound of the music, all the people from every nation and language fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Why the Statue?

  • solidarity through worship


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3:5 of all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be immediately cast into a furnace of blazing fire.” 7 So at the sound of the music, all the people from every nation and language fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Why the Statue?

  • solidarity through worship

    hearts and minds campaign


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3:5 of all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. 6 But whoever does not fall down and worship shall be immediately cast into a furnace of blazing fire.” 7 So at the sound of the music, all the people from every nation and language fell down and worshiped the golden image.

Why the Statue?

  • solidarity through worship

    hearts and minds campaign

    God’s people have faced inevitable, often painful decisions


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What is the cultural “bottom line” today that calls for unquestioned loyalty?


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What is the cultural “bottom line” today that calls for unquestioned loyalty?

sovereignty of the self:


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What is the cultural “bottom line” today that calls for unquestioned loyalty?

sovereignty of the self:

self vs. community


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What is the cultural “bottom line” today that calls for unquestioned loyalty?

sovereignty of the self:

self vs. community

choice is the only standard


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What is the cultural “bottom line” today that calls for unquestioned loyalty?

sovereignty of the self:

self vs. community

choice is the only standard

Do you have fears in these areas?


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3:8 Now some of the priests of Babylon came forward bringing charges against the Jews. 9 They said to Nebuchadnezzar the king, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have decreed that everyone who hears the sound of the music is to fall down and worship the golden image. 11 But whoever does not shall be cast into the blazing furnace.


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3:12 Certain Jews you appointed to administrate Babylon —Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego have disregarded the order and will not serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.


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3:13 Nebuchadnezzar was enraged and gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to him. 14 The king said to them, “Is it true that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image I set up?” 15 Even now when you hear the sound of the music, fall down and worship the image I made. And if you do not, you will immediately be cast into the furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?”


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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3:19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath and his facial expression became distorted. He gave orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it is usually heated. 20 Then he commanded them to be thrown into the furnace.


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3:24 Later the king was astonished and stood up hastily, “Was it not three men we cast into the fire?” “Certainly O king,” they replied. 25 “Look! I see four men loosed and walking in the midst of the fire without harm. The fourth looks like a son of the gods!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the door of the furnace and said, “Come out, you servants of the Most High God.” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out from the fire.


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3:27 The government officials gathered around and saw that the fire had no effect on their bodies. Their hair was not singed or their pants damaged. They did not even smell like smoke. 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who sent his angel to deliver these servants who trusted in him, violating the king’s command. He has saved them so as not to serve or worship any god except theirs.”


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3:29 Therefore I decree that any people, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego shall be torn limb from limb and their houses reduced to rubbish, inasmuch as there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.” 30 Then the king prospered Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego in the province of Babylon.


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”

Decision Time


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”

Decision Time

  • integrity


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”

Decision Time

  • integrity

    act on principle, not potentialconsequence


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”

Decision Time

  • integrity

    act on principle, not potentialconsequence

    refuse rationalizations


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”

Decision Time

  • integrity

    act on principle, not potentialconsequence

    refuse rationalizations

    • do it but don’t mean it


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”

Decision Time

  • integrity

    act on principle, not potentialconsequence

    refuse rationalizations

    • do it but don’t mean it

    • compartmentalize


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3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”

Decision Time

  • integrity

    act on principle, not potentialconsequence

    refuse rationalizations

    • do it but don’t mean it

    • compartmentalize

  • don’t add to the offense or diminish it


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    God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 519,20

    3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to explain ourselves to you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”

    Decision Time

    • integrity

      act on principle, not potentialconsequence

      refuse rationalizations

      • do it but don’t mean it

      • compartmentalize

  • don’t add to the offense or diminish it


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    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

    3:17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

      what they knew

    3:17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    Now, says the Lord your Creator, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, the flame will not burn you. I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Since you are precious to me, since you are honored and I love you… Do not fear, for I am with you.”

    Isaiah 43:1—45a

    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

      what they knew

    3:17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    Now, says the Lord your Creator, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, the flame will not burn you. I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Since you are precious to me, since you are honored and I love you… Do not fear, for I am with you.”

    Isaiah 43:1—45a

    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

      what they knew

    3:17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    Now, says the Lord your Creator, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, the flame will not burn you. I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Since you are precious to me, since you are honored and I love you… Do not fear, for I am with you.”

    Isaiah 43:1—45a

    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

      what they knew

    3:17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    Now, says the Lord your Creator, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, the flame will not burn you. I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Since you are precious to me, since you are honored and I love you… Do not fear, for I am with you.”

    Isaiah 43:1—45a

    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

      what they knew

    What do you fear?

    3:17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

      what they didn’t know

    3:18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    Now, says the Lord your Creator, O Jacob, and he who formed you, O Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, the flame will not burn you. I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… Since you are precious to me, since you are honored and I love you… Do not fear, for I am with you.”Isaiah 43:1—45a

    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

      what they knew

    3:17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace our God whom we serve is able to deliver us; and he will save us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    Decision Time

    • informed confidence in God

      what they didn’t know

      leave it in God’s hands

    3:18 But even if he does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image you set up.”


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    3:25 “Look! I see four men loosed and walking in the midst of the fire without harm. The fourth looks like a son of the gods!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the door of the furnace and said, “Come out, you servants of the Most High God.” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out from the fire.

    God in the Fire


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    3:25 “Look! I see four men loosed and walking in the midst of the fire without harm. The fourth looks like a son of the gods!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the door of the furnace and said, “Come out, you servants of the Most High God.” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out from the fire.

    God in the Fire

    • it’s about “who?” not “why?”


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    3:25 “Look! I see four men loosed and walking in the midst of the fire without harm. The fourth looks like a son of the gods!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near the door of the furnace and said, “Come out, you servants of the Most High God.” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out from the fire.

    God in the Fire

    • it’s about “who?” not “why?”

      is God in the fire with you?


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    How might this example of integrity and confidence relate to these areas of cultural conformity in your life?

    What do your fears reveal?


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