Daniel 3

Back in the day a lot of emporers realized that there is only one thing better than being king; being a god. That’s what Nebuchadnezzar was trying to pull off with this statue.  It was pretty common historically.  Our boy invites all his friends and officials and hires a great band.  Then he says that when the band plays everyone needs to worship.  The band strikes up a tune and everybody face plants.  Everybody except Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. A very angry Nebuchadnezzar makes it clear.  He’ll give them another shot but if they don’t worship he’s going to burn them alive.  Their response is my favorite part of the story. They essentially say,  “Well, we don’t want to ruin the retry but we’re not going to worship.. God will save us.. But even if he doesn’t; we’re okay burning alive”.  What an attitude.  We all know the Sunday school ending to the story.  God saves them and they’re a powerful witness for God; an opportunity they never would have had otherwise.  God miraculously delivers but they didn’t know He would. They were ready to die for their faith because they believed God is worth it. Because He is. Amen?