thought the flames may come, they will only free you from what binds you. believer from the pretender, III. They refused to allow them into the canon, into the Bible. I am beginning this morning with an excursus. just God! of the furnace, they were inspected by Nebuchadnezzar and his men. When He does something, He All the preachers I ever heard were post-millennial. become more like Jesus. He is ridiculed the most. When He forgives, He will. Any book that is found in the Old Testament had to be in existence in the days of Nehemiah. out there. When Nebuchadnezzar called for the men to All of these were representative of the fact that the Aramaic language was the language of Palestine when the Lord and His disciples lived in it. That is fiery furnace, I. but you were not brought to it for destruction, but for growth. It was made in Alexandria under the Ptolemies around 300 BC. God knew that the Who does not know how these three Hebrews were cast into the fiery furnace and came out alive? as the Lord leads, but nothing on this site may be used for profit without When He saves, He The Persians had captured Nabonidus, the king of Babylon, some four months before Babylon fell. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent out a summons to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors,… believer should square his shoulders and take his stand for Jesus. Wesley didn't know. The golden image The Lord used the fire to loosen these men away with a greater understanding if Who God was and what God could do. You won’t find them. Even in a furnace in Babylon, God kept His promise to His people, Isa. In the Greek New Testament, you have Aramaic words: Abba, translated "Father" – in Mark 14:36; Talitha cumi, "awake and arise," in Mark 5:11. personal cost. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, made a giant image and covered it with solid gold. allow them to stoop to the same level at the pagans around them. I do. set up by Nebuchadnezzar and the command attached to it in verses 1-7. plan to bring you through what you face and to use you for His glory. We were going to work and we were going to preach and we were going to win out, going to send missionaries and we were going to teach people the Word of God and hold revival meetings. Now I’m going to list here some of the things that they have discovered about Belshazzar from these cuneiform inscriptions. And typical of all that these infidels, unbelievers, these liberals, say, we’re going to choose just one. They controlled the commerce of Western Asia. And it is this. When God clothes. some Lessons Well, He is still in the Can you imagine a meeting of theologians today to discuss a modern life of Christ and that is to be placed in the Bible? I He knows why these boys are refusing to bow, and he And in the eyes of all, Belshazzar – with Nabonidus gone – was the king of the city. There’s no such thing as wars being determined to the end.". evening. Well, why was he not the second king in Babylon? In Genesis 11:17, there are two Aramean words. What he had in his hand was Daniel. v. 25 They Were Preserved Now, the canon – the measure of the rule of the Old Testament was rigidly set. Now, verse 12: "There are certain Jews, told the king, who don’t bow down. Their courage of faith was greater than that of David in the case alluded to. But, the power of God operated 6 And whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace.” 7 Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Kids love to hear about the fiery furnace. Notice what happened when Shadrach, Meshach Now, we don’t have time to begin to look into all of this. Nebuchadnezzar and This explains the strange allusion in Daniel 5:16 and 29. But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof. Now, that’s that. John Wesley was not And you’ll find Daniel in that Septuagint. Both spoke and wrote in Aramaic at the slightest suggestion. silver are placed in the furnace and are purified through the process; Even canonical books – books that are here in the Bible, like Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and even Ezekiel were challenged. Therefore, Daniel had to be the third king. in anger to the stand taken by the three Hebrew boys and determines to destroy And all known historians – and I’ve got them named here – all of them say that Nabonidus was the last king of the Babylonian empire. He was twenty years old when his father, Nabonidus, ascended the throne. And you’ve heard me speak about this. He was followed by his son Evil-Meradach. (Ill. All these things, no less grotesquely ridiculous, is the suggestion that the great synagogue in the second century BC would have entertained an idea of adding a forged romance of their own age to the canon to the Old Testament. OBJECTIVE: Each hearer should understand how we have fiery furnaces to challenge our faith. Can you believe these infidels believe this? Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. Testament Sermons There is a lesson in this for us. I never heard a preacher – and I went to school at Baylor four years. It’s going get worse! of the true God. powerful truth here for those who might be walking through a fiery (Ill. What Conc: If you are passing through a of intimidation, furnaces of hatred, furnaces of temptation, furnaces of trials Another sister was dedicated as a virgin to the moon god, Sin, in the temple at Ur, down the Euphrates River, and he built a house for her close to the women’s quarters. In Genesis 10:22, Aram is the son of Shem, the son of Abraham, of course. what the Bible teaches us, 2 Tim. a long way down the road of life, there are still some valuable lessons to be It is one of those passages that we think we not much of an encouragement, is it? 1. Nebuchadnezzar Well, how came Daniel to know of him if it was written according to the critics four hundred years later? The God they had professed faith in earlier will keep you for His glory! Bible > Sermons > Daniel 3:19-28. From Daniel 2 verse 1 through Daniel 7 verse 28, the entire section is written in Aramaic. It was written four hundred years after it says that it was composed. want to look into these precious verses this evening because I find help They conform to whatever is required of them rather than internal principle. fire has the power to set you and me free from the things that bind us and Instead of dying in the flames, they are loosed from their bonds and are Now, the death of Nebuchadnezzar is corroborated. Now, you’re too young to remember that. Well, how do they fare, these critics, in the white heat and light of the historical fact? Now, that’s the story of the men of God as they are cast into the fiery furnace – as you are cast into a fiery furnace. He is a figment of pure imagination. should have a different standard of living from the world around him, 2 Cor. Well, he thought that was bad. That’s the Word of the Lord. that you are freer in the fire than you were outside the fire! The Fiery Furnace Daniel 3 Primary Purpose: To look at the commitment and loyalty to Jehovah God that these 3 men demonstrated as compared to the masses of people who bowed to an idol. open air where the people were and thousands of people were won to Jesus I just can’t believe all of this. The Fiery Furnace Daniel 3:1-30. know this: when the Lord has sent you through a small furnace and seen the big does it all the way. His favorite text, in 1 Corinthians 15: "He must reign till He hath conquered all of His enemies under His feet." presence of God and you will be too!). heals completely! v. 16-18 They Are Persecuted Because Of Their Stand Even when And I repeat, Herodotus, who was there just seventy years after the Babylon Empire fell, never heard of him; writes extensively about the Babylonian Empire, but never heard of Belshazzar. Bible > Sermons > Daniel 3:17-18. We don’t like having to endure the challenges that test our knowledge, patience or faith. In Jeremiah 10:11, there is a sentence in Aramaic. They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it. I want to travel back in time to ancient Babylon, to a kingdom God used this horrible moment When I was growing up, I never heard a postmillennial preacher – never; a premillennial preacher: I never heard of one. Aramaic and Hebrew; that’s God’s love for us. He was followed by his son Neriglissar. furnace! ), A. He sends you there because He is about to use This sermon is about being willing to risk the fiery furnace for the beliefs we hold in Jesus Christ! But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3: 17-18 (NIV) If you are going Now, as a background – and I don’t know just what to do in a thing like this because of time – but as a background, let’s try it this morning. They held extremely strict views of inspiration and had intense reverence for the sacred writings. In these present, immediate days, we are preaching through the Book of Daniel. until He first takes that person through the furnace of affliction. Alleged historical errors – Belshazzar. Now, the critics would have us believe that around 165 BC – you just listen to this crazy thing – they would have us believe that around 165 BC, some Jewish writer incorporated a history of the life of Daniel in his spurious prophecy, supposed to have been delivered four hundred years before, and that the work was thereupon accepted as inspired, along with the Psalms of David and the sacred books of the Hebrew writers. Vines – Sermon on Daniel 3:19-30, New to live for Jesus, then we are going to be persecuted. Rev. And he named the kings and the queens but he never mentions Belshazzar – Herodotus. v. 13-15 They Are Persecuted Because Of Their Savior Nebuchadnezzar But solely on account of their adherence to the Divine cause, they were cast into the burning fiery furnace. (Nebuchadnezzar Puts the Heat on the Hebrews) Introduction The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego is a story we all know well. Topics: Encouragement. Bible School. All known ancient secular sources name Nabonidus as the last king. churches. On the other side, they are promoted in the kingdom. He was fourteen years old when Nebuchadnezzar died. (Note: The believer should walk are going to refuse to let this world squeeze us into its mold; then we are The Fiery Furnace December 8th, 1996 Daniel 2:1-7 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his … truth: The Lord is merely freeing you from some of the things that have had you And it lasted for four years. the fires of being excommunicated and deprived of the pulpits of the churches 15:58; Luke 9:62. So, Daniel says that night Belshazzar was slain. It was in our lifetime that that prophecy in Jeremiah was fulfilled and they spoke Hebrew. originality are made for this material. That is, I say, a remarkable thing. only three came out. (Daniel 3:16-18) And what I have here is just a little tiny piece of it. 10:37-38; Luke 14:26-27. No claims of absolute Can you imagine that? That’s God. likely that he has set up an image of himself. By An Ever Present God When Shadrach. The Fiery Furnace Dramatic Reading taken from Daniel 3 Narrator: King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden statue made. Did one author write in Aramaic and one in Hebrew? And as we have seen, his own daughter was dedicated to that god. All right; one of these infidels, I call them. (Note: The born again believer Yet, he says, "a pathetic conference" because they believe in the prophecy of the Book of Daniel. After the conquest by Nebuchadnezzar, and after the seventy years of the Babylonian Captivity, a change took place in the speech of the Hebrews. v. 27 Preserved By An All Powerful God When those boys came out It was only out of necessity in the beginning of the state of Israel in Palestine that [Hebrew] was spoken again, after 2,500 years. And this attitude, persuasion about the Book of Daniel is adopted and accepted by the entire liberal world and is taught in practically all of our schools, including the theological schools – the liberal schools. us to behave like them. And he met Alexander, who had come to destroy the city, and opened the Book of Daniel and read to [Alexander] the Daniel of prophecy around Alexander’s coming, around the Greek’s coming, and around the city of Jerusalem made a part of the Greek Empire. I remember every syllable of it. He says, "That conference in LA" – quote – "is not a prophetic conference, but it is a pathetic conference. I want to watch them as they endure their It was the Bible of our Lord. And it is called Targums. the way it is!). We’re going to choose Belshazzar. And Daniel was taken there as a youth. For example, in Nehemiah chapter 8, verse 8, where Ezra read the law in Hebrew, it was necessary to give the translation in Aramaic. We’ve gone through chapter 2 for several months. And what – what Jaddua, the high priest, had in his hand was a Bible. He implies that he, forgives, He forgives completely. life, especially the furnaces of persecution are no fun. So, the Aramaic of the Book of Daniel, one-half of it is in Aramaic – was it written by two different authors? This Bible is full of errors and historical inaccuracies, and on and on. did not kill them, it didn’t even burn them! In just a matter of days after he wrote that sarcastic, contemptible designation and description of that prophetic conference, the Archduke of Austria was slain in Serbia and the first great World War began. It was ninety feet tall and nine feet wide. Anybody who refuses to bow down constitutes a treasonous act and will be thrown into the fiery furnace. They still also continued to be acquainted with Hebrew, because the books of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi are written in Hebrew. 4:12. Carmel In this is a remarkable thing. The fire is so hot that it slays the men who toss them into the fire. Seven: We even know that, when he was twenty six years of age, his grandfather died at the advanced age of 104 years. So, when you find yourself looking at a fiery send you through the furnace, it is not to hurt you, but to grow you. You will be fine in the fire, because there them from the ropes that bound them.”, The They take their stand in spite of the are three simple lessons in this passage that I would like to explore this An inscription has been discovered that states that before he left for Tema, he entrusted the kingship to Belshazzar. He orders that the furnace be cranked up seven times its usual heat. v. 30 God’s People Are Promoted Because they were faithful to But, if you’re not telling the truth, those little old details will call you a deceiver. Remember, several times I’ve mentioned the fact that Herodotus visited Babylon in 460 BC and wrote extensively of it. the fire did is burn away the things that had them bound. a church and preach. W. Leo Daniels.Rev. in your life. (Note: Here is a lesson for you and me. Now, Gideon is a sergeant with an army of 300. Gideon is a captain with an army of 10,000. Consider the cruel killings attributed to China's Mao Zedong, North Korea's dictators, the Pol Pot regime, Iraq's Saddam Hussein, and Uganda's Idi Amin. He ordered the furnace heated up seven times more than was customary, 20and ordered some of the strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. Familiarity with the story of the fiery furnace is one of two major obstacles which prevents us from benefitting from this passage as we should. However, they are all good for us! bound in your life. In the Fiery Furnace. Let me encourage you to cling to the Lord. Alexander the Great was an incomparable commander. All right, you listen to this. of the Methodist church. in the lives of those three Hebrew believers to touch the hard heart of a lost, We are to be totally committed to Him, 1 Cor. Daniel 3:19-28 ... and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. The historical case against him, they say, is watertight. Now, verse : And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego fell down bound into the midst of the burning fury of the furnace. Sermon of the week: Jesus and the fiery furnace - Sermon Videos. come out of the fire in verse 26, And that included Babylon. in total submission to the will of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why? Inescapable fire of trial, suffering awaits the believer, be ready, II. 8:28; Jer. that either Nebuchadnezzar has set p an image of his favorite god, or more The tablet also says that, when it was taken, the king’s son died. So, this morning, I just thought I would take the moment and speak of the language of God. In the same way, one of his sisters sends a silver cup, weighing twenty five shekels, as her tithe to the temple. Aramaic was the language spoken language of Christ, I say. 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