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Published on Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Understanding and honoring who is the King of kings

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego found in the book of Daniel serves as a good illustration of the extent of the authority of secular kings. The worship of the golden image that king Nebuchadnezzar had setup was in direct opposition to the Commandment forbidding worship of graven images. Daniel’s three friends were committed not to break this commandment and dishonor God. The result of this choice would be the threat of death and ultimately the carrying out of the punishment. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego understood their choice and were willing to suffer the consequences of their choice.
Daniel 3:10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
3:11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, [that] he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
3:12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in [his] rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, [Is it] true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; [well]: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who [is] that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we [are] not careful to answer thee in this matter.
3:17 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.
Discussion question:
Why would a person argue that breaking any of the first four of the Ten Commandments is not a serious issue because no one is harmed by breaking anyone of them?
Matthew 10:26-28
Additional text:
Exodus 20:1-11
Matthew 22:37-40


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