- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Daniel 3
The image of gold and the fiery furnace.
King Nebuchadnessar made an image of gold, 27 meters high and 2.7 meters wide, and ordered all to fall down before it. Why did he do that?
He forgot that he confessed before Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord is kings and a revealer of mysteries.” (2:47). Out of his arrogance and fear, he made a giant gold image. This was huge image, one of deities, such Bel, Dragon, in ancient times. Three young Jews, Daniel’s friends refused to fall down before the image, and were put into a fiery furnace.
The main point of this story is the miraculous deliverance of the three youths. This story witnesses to the God of the universe, and witness to faith as an act of trust,
“The God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O King. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (v17-18)
Doxology is the conclusion of this story. King Nebuchadnessar made confession again.
“Praise be to the God of Shardrach, Mechach, and Abedego, who has sent his anger and rescued his servants….no other god can save in this way.” (v.28-29)
This story shows an example of living godliness in the land of godlessness.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?