By Don Gentry
I absolutely love the Old Testament (OT)! There are so many things to learn and gain greater understand into the heart and mind of the great God we serve. One of my many favorite OT passages comes out of the book of Daniel. You have probably heard of the story but maybe there is some contextual information that will help bring this story to life for you.
Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego are three characters that continue to inspire me every time I think about their situation. If you don’t know the whole story then you really need to read all of Daniel especially Chapter 3, but I am only going to highlight one part because it encapsulates an incredible faith, and an incredible response, against incredible odds:
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 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 that you have set up.”
Daniel 3:16-18 (NASB)