Friday, February 24, 2006

In the fire

I was reading on another blog this morning about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being thrown in the fiery furnace. And something the blogger said struck a cord in me. Then as I read Daniel 3 something else rang a bell in my mind.

The King just threw these three guys into the furnace, and he's looking in there going "Wait a minute! there are 4 guys down there and 1 looks like the son of gods." Ok I don't want to seem like the kind that begs trouble her way, but... you've just been thrown into a fire so hot that the guys throwing you in were killed, and yet, you're walking around in the fire and there's a 4th person in there with you that looks like the "son of gods" per the kings description, When the king says "come out!" Why would you? You're probably less than 4 ft away from a heavenly being. Wouldn't you want to stay pretty close to that being?

Also as a note to what the blogger I read earlier today said, the fire, was the safest place for them to be. It's where God was. Granted, they were probably pretty nervous about the idea of being thrown into the fire, and we all are when faced with giant sized problems. But it was in the fire that God's presence appeared, it was in the fire that a miracle occurred, it was in the fire that lives were changed.
Maybe we shouldn't be so quick to get out of the fire.

1 comment:

J. W. Poteet II said...

Ok, it's not your fault, but I have a real gripe about the Three Hebrew Children's names. The names they typically go by are the pagan names given them by Nebechadnezzer. These people are known for their refusal to bow to the pagan gods of the Babylonians. It just seems a shame that we don't remember their real names. So...HANANIAH, AZARIAH, MISHAEL. That's the real thing.