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Bible Commentaries
Daniel 3

Bell's Commentary on the BibleBell's Commentary

Verses 1-30

  1. Intro:
    1. Last week: Neb’s dream was given & interpreted.
      1. Q: What was it? { Gold Babylon Empire; Silver/Medo-Persian Empire; Bronze/Grecian Empire; Iron Roman Empire; Iron & Clay/The revived Roman Empire.}
      2. Note the value of the metal decreases a history unfolds, ending up in a weak mixture of iron & clay.
    2. This week: we have an action packed thriller.
      1. Like seeing a movie that really inspires you, you come out ready to conquer the world (old Rocky movies)
      2. This story of the “3 children in the fire” is: inspiring, motivating, & compelling. We see their determination, rigidity, inflexibility, their resolution & decisiveness to be able to say, “Here I stand!”…no matter what! - We see their steadfastness in upholding truth.
        1. 1 Cor.15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”
    1. (1-3) The Dedication of the Image!
      1. Not content to be the “head” of Gold…he wanted the whole body!
        1. Q: Who else sought, or will seek, to be worshipped? (Lucifer, Anti-Christ)
      2. The Image – 90’x9’
        1. Another proof this wasn’t a latter account. Some say this was written(cuz of the prophecies) after Rome took over Greece.
        2. Babylonian system of mathematics was built upon 6’s.
        3. The Greeks system of mathematics was built upon 10’s(like ours).
    2. (4-7) The Command to Worship it!
      1. When you here the quintet play…you better obey!
  3. FACING THE FIRE! (8-18)
    1. ​​​​​​​(8-12) They’re seeking “Promotion by Combustion!”
      1. They did not like these foreigners being promoted over them(2:49).
      2. “They are challenging your authority Mr. King Sir!” – “What are you going to do about it?”
      3. Classic Civil Disobedience! – Must obey god rather than man!
    2. (13-15) The Pinnacle of Pride!
      1. One more chance boys.
        1. It seems temptation is so generous when it comes to “one more chance”…to defect!
      2. Q: Are you into this Christianity thing as long as all is ok?
      3. Jesus said, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (Jn.15:19)
    3. (16-18) Daring to Be Different!
      1. Picture 1000’s dropping to their faces to the ground, as far as eye could see. And there stood 3!
        1. The 3 Champions, The 3 Holy Children, The Trusting Trio!
      2. What a Pledge of Allegiance!
    4. Like a sail on a sailboat, “their hearts were set in the right direction”
      1. Ps.78:8 “And may not be like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
    5. They were probably trusting in Is.43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
    6. Q: Does God always Rescue you out of trouble?
      1. Q: Has He ever “not” rescued you out of a situation before?
      2. Our part is to trust His character & His Sov. plan, whatever it is…“Martyrdom”, or “Freedom from the fire.”
    7. What to do in the face of Crisis?
      1. [1] Remember Action speak louder than words (16b)
      2. [2] Remember Confidence in the Lord (17)
        1. Not confidence in their faith, Not confidence in their holiness, Not confidence in their positions held, Not confidence in their works. But confidence in their God!!!
      3. [3] Remember to hold fast to Unchanging Convictions! (18)
        1. Convictions not based upon the outcome,nor on threats verbalized against them!
        2. A conviction like Martin Luther held fast to… “Here I stand”!
    8. They could pass through the flames because they knew God was on the other side.
    1. ​​​​​​​(19) Q: Who’s hotter…Neb or the furnace?
      1. Full of fury, face contorting.
      2. He just wanted them to “vaporize”!
    2. (20) Furnace – ! (atoon) 6 main words for furnace in Hebrew. Usually made of brick or stone. Probably a large furnace used for smelting meatls or for firing bricks.
      1. Both history & archeology reveal cruelty of some punishments under ancient oriental despots(des-pits). (Zondervan Pict. Encyc.)
      2. Usually had an opening at the top. They would climb ladders & throw them in.
    3. (22) As kids we used to say, “what a burn!” But that probably wouldn’t be appropriate here.
    4. (23) They were bound, They fell, They were helpless!
      1. Then in vs.25 instead of bound they were freed, instead of falling they were walking, & instead of feeling helpless they had a helper!
    5. (24,25) Fire brings Blessings! (at least 2 of them here)
      1. [1] Fellowship - The Lord came to walk with them.
      2. [2] Freedom - The Lord set them free from their bonds.
        1. Oh what freedoms we experience when we are set free from the things that bind us.
      3. “If you’re Faithful to Follow the Father, both Fellowship & Freedom will be Found in your Fire!”
      4. I believe when you are in the fire you have the opportunity to be the nearest & dearest to Christ.
        1. Ps.34:18 “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit(those crushed in spirit).”
        2. Job 23:10 “…When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”
        3. Prov.17:3 “The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts.”
        4. Mal.3:1-3 Good!
        5. 1 Pet.1:6,7 “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,”
        6. We sing, “w/Christ on my vessel I can smile at the storm.” And now we can add a stanza, “With Christ in my furnace I can smile at the flames!”
    6. The flames themselves weren’t quenched but the power of the flames were!
      1. Heb.11:34 ” quenched the power of fire,” (NASB)
    7. Let’s hear from Spurgeon from his “Morning & Evening” Devotional ( Dec.17 Morn) …In the fiery furnace of Babylon, the Son of Man visited his people. Because his soul delighted in them, he could not rest away from them, for his heart longed after them. Never were they absent from his heart, for he had written their names upon his hands, and graven them upon his side. As the breastplate containing the names of the tribes of Israel was the most brilliant ornament worn by the high priest, so the names of Christ’s elect were his most precious jewels, and glittered on his heart. We may often forget to meditate upon the perfections of our Lord, but he never ceases to remember us. Let us chide ourselves for past forgetfulness, and pray for grace ever to bear him in fondest remembrance. Lord, paint upon the eyeballs of my soul the image of thy Son.
    8. Be assured: When the bottom drops out, God drops in!
    9. Q: What flames are you facing?
    10. Q: What’s it like feeling the heat in your face? - Do you feel bound? - Does it feel 7 x’s hotter?
  5. FOLLOWING THE FIRE! (26-30)
    1. ​​​​​​​(27) I can’t even BBQ without smelling like steak?
    2. (29) Ironic – “The mighty king who ordered the world to bow before his image now bows before the king of the world!” (Swindoll)
    3. End:
      1. “Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Rev.2:10
      2. Psalm 91 Read!
    4. Fool’s Gold vs. Gold Tried in the Fire!
Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Daniel 3". "Bell's Commentary". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/cbb/daniel-3.html. 2017.
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