11
Jan
12

When You Know The Outcome Before It Happens…

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is well-known, having been taught to children since they first went to Bible school.

Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?  Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, 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.”  — Daniel 3:13-18

What I find interesting here is how the three men responded to King Nebuchadnezzar – as if they already knew they would be saved.  Did they have some divine foreknowledge of what was going to happen?  Their response seems to indicate that they knew they would be rescued, rather than being burnt up and taken to God’s glory.  The Bible doesn’t tell us about an angelic visit to the three beforehand.  But I can guess that there was some kind of divine communication going on with them, even before they were visited by the “mysterious” fourth person in the midst of the blazing fire.

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2 Responses to “When You Know The Outcome Before It Happens…”


  1. 1 Mark Nadig
    January 11, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Hey brother – “But even if he does not,” would seem to preclude a vision IMHO. I believe their faith the Lord God Almightly was what gave them the confidence – ~ ‘whether we live or die, God’s got it all under control’


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