The Furnace

Last week we learned the third chapter of the Book of Daniel.

I found this chapter was so famous among the countries which have lots of christians.

Three colleagues of Daniel, who had been taken to Babylon from Judea, was demanded to worship the golden image built by the babylonian king.
As they refused it, the angry king threw them to a big and very hot furnace. But the three Jews were saved by the Angel. The king was so moved by the power of the God whom the Jews had worshipped through the difficulty and from then on he treated them with much respect.

The textbook which we used suggested we should not take it from the story, that God saved the three Jews as the reward of their faith.
Nor it encouraged us to throw our lives away to keep our faith. It only recommended us to imagine what the three Jews selected what they did not.

Someone told in the class, “They need not to choose the way to the furnace. The most important thing we should do for the glory of God is to show love to others, which they could do even falling before the golden image.”

My Idea on their decision was – “The three Jews were enough wise to know, they would be easily killed by the tyrant anytime, regardless to whether they worship king’s image or not. So they clang to God, who was the last hope.”

I am also much interested in this king, Nebuchadnezzar II.
He was not mere an antagonist. He was inspired many times by God, and gradually opened his eyes to Him.
God makes people move, so that they as a whole proceed the history.

So what I’d like to draw is not the three protagonists, who had already been drawn in beautiful pictures, but the king being surprised at the miracle.

This scene in the Bible was described with a lot of fun.
As soon as he made the three thrown in the furnace, the king jumped on his feet and asked his men, whether or not it had been the three that they threw in the fire.
“Yes it was,” they answered.
The king said, “But I can see the FOUR men walking in the fire without any damage, and the forth looks like the Son of God!”

Imagine what was beyond his eyes.

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One thought on “The Furnace

  1. You have an excellent understanding of Daniel. One of the major themes of the book is that “God is in control of everything”. The young Hebrew boys declare this truth to the king.

    Daniel 3:16-18 (NASB77) Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 ” 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. 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 that you have set up.”

    Later Nebuchadnezzar comes to understand that the Hebrew God is the God of the universe.

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