Daniel: Trusting God
02/14/2017, by John Kincaid
Lesson 1051: Daniel 3:13-18
Daniel’s 3 companions refused to worship the king’s image. The king was enraged, but because of their years of service offered the 3 a 2nd chance.
The king had been shown that the Hebrew God was superior to his gods (the dream).
But over the past 20 years, the king had grown to feel arrogant and invincible. He invaded Jerusalem twice more, in 598 and 587 BC, taking many captives.
Events in Daniel 3 may have been near the time that the king destroyed the Temple.
Babylonians believed military victories indicated that their gods were strongest.
The king expected that the gods would “back him,” leaving the 3 without defense.
Rabshakeh had the same view of himself when threatening Hezekiah. Isa.36:13-20
We might expect the 3 friends to make a long defense, to stall for time or beg mercy.
Daniel was not there for support, but they knew what he would do in that situation. Most importantly, they knew God’s law, and had the courage and integrity to obey.
About This Series
The book of Daniel, unlike any other, shows us that God is in control.
Daniel shows that God's wisdom is infinite, and God's love is perfect.
Because this is true, we can trust God.
This series seeks to build deep trust in God. Then even in troubled times, we can live without fear.