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2019 May 15
Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego (1863)
Image Source: Stumblinstyle.com
[ Illustration: Today's image depicts the deliverance of Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego by one who was "like the Son of God." ]
[ I will again be working through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation. I will be adding links, resources, images, and the like, upgrading the former work-through which began with the 2013-10-12 posting which can be found, along with the full Genesis to Revelation postings, in the Archive Page. Postings will be at midnight Eastern Time, as I am able. However, no chapters will be skipped, even though a posting may be late. And all postings will be housed in the Archive Page. ]
Explanation: Daniel 3, records a severe test for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They struggled against idolatry and against death -- the threat of death and an actual attempt upon their lives. This came about when Nebuchadnezzar made a great golden idol and commanded that everyone worship it. When Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego refused, Nebuchadnezzar threw them into a super-heated furnace. However, they were protected by one who looked "like the Son of God." This miracle moved Nebuchadnezzar to issue a decree forbidding anyone to speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego and to promote them in the kingdom. This was the third advancement for these young men.
The Struggle (1-23). Nebuchadnezzar erected a golden statue (perhaps of himself, or of a god). He demanded that everyone fall down and worship it. From a Jewish perspective, this violated the second commandment which forbade idolatry. So Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego refused to be idolaters. This enraged Nebuchadnezzar who gave them one last chance to comply, stating that he would throw them into a super-heated furnace, and no god could deliver them. They refused, stating that their God could deliver them, but they would not worship the idol whether God delivered them or not. Immediately, Nebuchadnezzar had them bound and thrown into the furnace.
The Triumph However, someone, whom Nebuchadnezzar described as "like a son of the gods" (v. 25 - ESV) and an "angel" (v. 28), was with the three young men in the furnace. They walked around unbound and unharmed. So Nebuchadnezzar called them out, and when he and his officials examined them, they found that no harm had come to them or their clothing, and there was no smell of smoke upon them. Nebuchadnezzar then praised them for their obedience to God and made a decree that if anyone spoke against their God they would be slain, and their house would become a dunghill. By this decree, he (unwittingly, it would seem) demanded that everyone obey the third commandment which forbade blasphemy (speaking against) God. He then promoted Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego (24-30).
Alternate Chapter Outline: Various authors see a chiastic * structure in this and other chapters in Daniel. Below, I have presented the outline of David A. Dorsey, slightly modified, from his book The Literary Structure of the Old Testament (p. 261). Below, I have made the main paragraph divisions of Daniel 3 in accord with Dorsey's chiastic divisions.
* A chiastic structure is a literary form of parallelism in which a succession of ideas leads up to an emphatic central point then repeats in reverse order.
Chapter 3: The Fiery Furnace
a. Introduction: An Idol is Exalted (1-7).
b. Enemies Speak Against Daniel's Friends (8-12).
c. Daniel's Friends are Thrown into a Fiery Furnace (13-23).
d. CLIMAX: They are Unharmed! (24-25).
c'. Daniel's Friends Emerge from the Fiery Furnace (26-27).
b'. The King Praises Daniel's Friends and their God (28-29).
a'. Conclusion: The Servants of the Most High God are Exalted (30).
[ Sermons: Eric Alexander. William Still. Stuart Olyott. Various. ]
Bible Chronologies -- Genesis to Revelation
[Traditional Patriarchal Chronology. Judges Period Chronology 1. Judges Period Chronology 2. Kings of Judah and Israel #1. Kings of Judah and Israel #2].
[Intertestamental Period Chronology 1. Intertestamental Period Chronology 2. Intertestamental Period Chronology 3.
Intertestamental Period Chronology 4. Intertestamental Period Chronology 5.]
[New Testament Chronology 1. New Testament Chronology 2. New Testament Chronology 3. New Testament Chronology 4. New Testament Chronology 5.]
PLEASE NOTE: Use the resources on this and other sites thoughtfully, particularly the commentaries and encyclopedias. I have attempted to list conservative, scholarly resources. However, some providers use liberal or liberal-influenced commentaries such as the Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges (in Bible Hub). Such commentaries are undoubtedly included by the provider for the wealth of useful information and comments which they provide. By consulting several commentaries, it should be fairly easy to sort out the wheat from the chaff. If, however, you would like personal assistance, write to me at AD LIB ARTS EMAIL.
[ THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Daniel 3: Daniel 1. Daniel 2. Daniel 3. Daniel 4. Daniel 5. Daniel 6. ]
 2 Kings 25:8; Isaiah 44:9-20; Daniel 2:31-32; Exodus 20:23; Jeremiah 16:20.
 Numbers 25:2.
 Esther 3:12; Romans 1:21-28.
 Daniel 4:1; Daniel 7:14.
 Daniel 3:10, 15.
 Exodus 20:5; Jeremiah 29:22; 2 Kings 19:12; 2 Chronicles 28:23.
 Jeremiah 51:7; 1 John 5:19.
 Daniel 6:12-13; Ezra 4:12-16; Esther 3:6-9; Acts 16:20-22.
 Daniel 5:10; Daniel 6:6, 21.
[10-11] Daniel 6:12.
 Daniel 6:10; Daniel 2:48-49.
 Daniel 2:12; Esther 3:5-6; Luke 6:11.
 Jeremiah 50:2.
 Isaiah 36:18-20; Luke 4:7-8; Exodus 5:2; 2 Kings 18:35; 2 Chronicles 32:15-17; Isaiah 36:20; Matthew 27:43.
[16-17] Daniel 4:35; Genesis 17:1; Isaiah 43:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 115:3.
 Job 13:15; Proverbs 28:1; Isaiah 51:12-13; Exodus 20:3-5.
 Proverbs 21:24; Luke 12:4-5; Acts 5:33; Acts 7:54.
[20-21] Acts 12:4-5; Acts 16:23-25.
 Exodus 12:33; Proverbs 11:8; Matthew 27:5.
 Psalm 34:19; Psalm 124:1-5; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 1 Peter 4:12-13.
 Daniel 5:6.
 Daniel 3:28; Isaiah 43:2; Psalm 91:3-9.
 Daniel 2:47; Acts 16:17.
 Psalm 83:18; 2 Kings 19:19.
 Daniel 4:34; Daniel 6:26-27; 2 Chronicles 32:21.
 Deuteronomy 32:31; Psalm 3:8.
 Psalm 91:14; Romans 8:31; Psalm 1:3.
-- From Treasury of Scripture Knowledge & Others ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). PROVERBS: Book of Proverbs. ECCLESIASTES: Book of Ecclesiastes Dramatized. SONG OF SOLOMON: Song of Solomon Dramatized. ISAIAH: Isaiah Dramatized. JEREMIAH: Jeremiah Dramatized. LAMENTATIONS: Lamentations Dramatized. EZEKIEL: Ezekiel Dramatized. VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
HARMONY OF THE LAW
Gospel Harmony - Summary | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible
Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF) | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF)
HEBREW AND GREEK INTERLINEAR BIBLES
Daniel Detailed Outline
Map 1: Bible Nations | Map 2: Empire of David and Solomon Map 3: Kingdoms of Judah and Israel | Post Exile Chronology.
1. Spiritual Struggle in Babylon (1:1 - 6:28)
C. The Struggle With Death - Won by God's Deliverance from the Fiery Furnace (3:1-30)
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