3 Guys Live Through A Burning

There were three guys in the city of Babylon who were not there by choice. What had happened was Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon and his crew besieged Jerusalem. He ordered for his people to hire some of the Jews to work in the palace and these Jews had to be well educated.

Out of the group that were chosen to work in the palace, three of the gentlemen were named Hannaniah (renamed in Babylon to Shadrach), Mishael (renamed in Babylon to Meshach) and Azariah (renamed in Babylon to Abednego). And these three men served God, they held it down for God.

Now, Nebuchadnezzar decides to build this huge golden statue and makes a mandate that everybody in the province, when they hear the music play, bow and worship this big ‘ol statue.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego weren’t feeling that. Like that’s out!

So word got to the king that hey, you got some people disobeying your command. And you know you also said that those who don’t do the worshipping of this statue will be thrown into the hot furnace.

So the king was like bring them here! So they brought Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to the king, and the king was like what’s the deal? I’m a give you another shot to do what you’re supposed to do or else ya’ll gon’ be thrown up in that furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego let the king know that they would not; shall not worship that statue. And they also said hey, you throw us up in there our God will save us. He is able to do such but even if He doesn’t, we will not worship that statue.

Now you know the king was tight. So he ordered them to be thrown in the furnace.

Here’s the thing. Nebuchadnezzar ordered for the furnace to be turned way up, real hot. He wasn’t playing. It was so hot that the dudes tossing Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in were burned and died so doing. 

So they tied these three guys and threw them in the furnace. Nebuchadnezzar is watching this burning and then notices four people walking in the furnace.

He was like, hey didn’t we throw in three?

They were like yeah.

Nebuchadnezzar says that he sees four people and one of them looks like a god. So Nebuchadnezzar gets as close as he can to the door and yells for them to come up out of there.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walk out of that furnace and Nebuchadnezzar is impressed and lets them know that they don’t even smell like smoke. WHAT!? Their clothes aren’t burned up, hair not singed. They’re alright!

Then get this…

Nebuchadnezzar is like well praise God! Now, he’s shouting praises to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego’s God. He was so pumped that he even gave the guys a promotion.

To learn more, check out 1 Kings 3:28-30