Daniel 3. 8 - 18
The Three Hebrew Boys
The story of Shadrack, Meshach, and Abed-nego known as the three Hebrew Boys has always been a favorite narrative of mine.
Even as a child I remember preachers preaching from this text of scripture. As I got older, I started to get a better understanding of what the whole story was really all about.
This story is literally about what it means to have ones faith and principles challenged. These men would not break the commandments which stated that they would have known other gods or bow to an image of a god (Ex. 20.5).
But they would only worship the true and living God. Now there are times in life when we are pushed to compromise our faith and principles. The lessons of the elders helped Shadrack, Meshach, and Abed-nego and those same lessons can help us today.
1. The lesson of the elders taught them to whom they would worship (v.12).
2. The lesson of the elders taught them how to stand the test of compromise (vv. 13-15).
3. The lesson of the elders taught them to have faith in God in the midst of the fire (vv. 16-18;
Concl. God provided assurance in the midst of the fire of life.