Pure Gospel Magazine 2018 November, 2018 - Page 13

Nebuchadnezzar, had Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego thrown into the blazes. When he looked into the furnace he saw 4 men as opposed to the 3 that he ordered to die. He asked those sitting near, “Didn’t we throw 3 men into the fire? Why do I see 4 and the forth resembles the son of a God?” For those familiar with this Biblical truth, we know that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walked out of the fiery furnace with out any harm and they didn’t even have a scent of smoke on their clothing.

The difference between Nahum, Jonah, and the 3 Hebrew boys, when compared to the people of Nineveh and Nebuchadnezzar, is they knew God instead of only knowing about him. Can you imagine what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego thought of the rest of the Israelites when they all immediately bowed when the music sounded? Keep in mind that these men were wise and respected and were appointed as officials in the Babylonian Empire. They were not only respected by their own nation, but by many of their enemy nation that took them into captivity. These men were not only wise in the eyes of humans, but apparently knew that true wisdom comes from the fear of God. As they saw all of the Israelites bow, I wonder if they were looking around in amazement and disgust at their countrymen’s betrayal of the God of their fathers. It appears so many of them had transitioned from a state of knowing him to a state of knowing about him. The personal relationship Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had with their Heavenly Father was so true and pure they took a stand. They told the king, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we served is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Although it seems they would be crushed by the governmental authorities, the one who holds all power and authority in Heaven and on earth was near and ready to save his faithful servants, the ones who know him and place all trust and confidence in his sovereignty.

How many of us have heard of Jesus Christ, know the miracles he performed, and know that he was raised from the dead? How many have heard that he has healed and saved people from sickness and tragedy?

How many KNOW Jesus and walk with

him daily? How many depend on him for

all things in their lives. How many pray to

him daily and read his word to gain

wisdom and fuel for our everyday walk?

How many are not ashamed of the Gospel

of Jesus Christ?

So, the question to ask yourself is do you

know about him, or do you personally KNOW him?

Much Love,

Amy D. Oxenrider