Saturday, August 30, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 78 Thursday

Daniel 2:46-3:30

Does God issue any commands?
  • God did not speak to Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego, but they knew that He had commanded that they worship no other gods!

Does God make any promises?

  • God did not speak but He acted on behalf of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were in the furnace. These three had told the king that they did not know if their God would rescue them but He could if it was His will. They would worship only Him whether He saved them from the fire or not. And He did! God promises good to those who love Him. Sometimes that means being delivered on this earth and sometimes that means being delivered from this earth.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
  • When Daniel is promoted to the position of ruler over the whole province of Babylon he requests that his Godly friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be placed over the affairs of the province. This must mean that they also ruled the province under Daniel's authority and Daniel was ruling under Nebuchadnezzar's supreme authority. When Jesus is promoted to the position of King over the whole world He will request that His Godly friends be placed over the affairs of the kingdom. Believers will reign under Jesus' authority and Jesus reigns under the Father's supreme authority.
  • Jesus is the 4th person walking around in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Nebuchadnezzar even remarks that this man looks like the Son of God.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?
  • In the analogy above, Jesus rules now in Heaven but believers must wait until the time that the Kingdom is also on earth before they rule and reign with Him.
  • In the future judgment, the fire will have no power over the servants of the Most High God!

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