Sunday Preview

February 17, 2012

My sermon this Sunday is called, “The Fiery Furnace” from Daniel 3. This is the story about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the fiery furnace when they refused to bow and worship the ninety-foot golden statue of Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. We will look at this story from both a historical and metaphorical perspective.

Sooner or later each of us goes through a fiery furnace when we refuse to bow to the intimidating people and idols in our culture. The idea that obeying God brings us into danger is throughout Scripture. David fought Goliath, Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, Moses was chased by Pharaoh’s army, and the apostles were persecuted for preaching the gospel.

The focus of this message will be the benefits of the fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are famous because the Lord showed up in the furnace and delivered them. However, the words they spoke before getting tossed into the flames reflect the faith that we all need. “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.”
My hope is that we will be people who worship God alone, without compromising with the idols of our culture. If we face the fiery furnaces of life without giving in to fear, we too will embrace the glory of God.

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