How to Stand Firm in Your Faith by Christina Patterson

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How to Stand Firm in Your Faith (Part 2)
Series: Unshaken: Standing Firm When Your Faith Is Tested
Christina Patterson
Daniel 3:13-18

Now before we get into the text for this study I want to give you some background on Shadrach Meshach and Abednego so we can learn who they are and just how real their struggle was. 

Shadrach Meshach and Abednego were Israelites. The entire Old Testament of the Bible is about God’s involvement with the Israelites. Throughout the Old Testament you will see a constant back and forth between the Israelites relationship with their God. Sometimes that are devoted to serving God alone, other times they are lured into worshiping other Gods. Now each time we find the Israelites straying from their God, they lose His protection and find themselves being overtaken by other nations. In this studies text we’ll see that they have now been overtaken by the Babylonians and are being held captive under King Nebuchadnezzar. 

The Bible tells in Daniel chapter 1 that King Nebuchadnezzar had certain Israelites brought to the palace to undergo training to work in his service. Of those that are brought to his palace for training are Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah who were then renamed to Belteshazzar; Shadrach; Meshach; and Abednego. 

Now these young men are certainly in a situation they had not planned or even dreamed of. Think about it. To have their nation held captive by a pagan king and then to be taken from the comfort of their family and friends and now forced to assimilate into a culture they do not know and I would imagine they probably didn't really like. But we don’t read about them complaining, in fact they do so well in the kings service that they are promoted. Daniel is made ruler over the entire province of Babylon and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are appointed as administrators over the province of Babylon. But all was not well and things would soon take a turn for the worse. 

King Nebuchadnezzar then builds an idol and makes a decree that at the sound of certain instruments everyone in the nation is to bow down and worship this idol. Oh and for those that do not? Well, they will be thrown into a fiery furnace. So everyone bows down to this idol with the exception of a few Jews including our boys Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. 

So now, they are faced with the challenge that occurs when serving your earthly authority and serving your God clash. An now to make matters worse some of the other leadership in Babylon appear to be threatened by Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s high position as&nb ...

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