Daniel 3:1-7 – January 5
Who’s really in charge of your 2017? To start us out in our right place this new year, we’re walking with Daniel this month, learning how God crafts every detail in His plan from creation of the world and history to the smallest details in our lives. He reigns over everything, and still He loves us through every moment of our lives. Join our study by following along with the reading plan then reflecting and journaling on each day’s reading to humble yourself before Him and listen. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. If you’re wondering what SOAP is…it’s a method of Bible study that focuses on applying scripture to our every days. Read more about it on our website.
Daniel 3:1-7 – The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace
3 King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, sixty cubits high and six cubits wide, and set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. 2 He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up. 3 So the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials assembled for the dedication of the image that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up, and they stood before it.
4 Then the herald loudly proclaimed, “Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: 5 As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. 6 Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
7 Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
Stay Connected | Becky Newman
Just in yesterday’s reading, the king was praising God for the knowledge and revelation He had given Daniel to pass on to him. Though today’s passage doesn’t state how much time passed between these two events, it may as well have been just a day later that the king is putting up his own idol and forcing everyone under his control to worship it. Where’d God go? I think there’s evidence He’s still there. God is allowing King Nebuchadnezzar, who is a polytheist, to have reign over a big region and many nations; this was revealed in the dream interpretation in Chapter 2. There’s also evidence of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Though the Spirit working is not directly stated, the evidence is in the gifts given to Daniel of prophecy and to him and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego of knowledge and wisdom. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 states that these gifts specifically are a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Maybe it’s a time of testing faith? Especially with the consequence of being thrown into a furnace, my thoughts are being led toward a season of testing, or to focus less on the hardship and more on the good that God intends from it — a time of purification, or refining, in the fire.
King Nebuchadnezzar reminds me of how quickly back-sliding can occur. And when self-righteousness starts invading my heart, my tendencies are to get my friends on my side, in agreement with me, dragging us all down. The antidote? Stay connected! Back-sliding is less likely to occur if I’m in Your Word daily. I feel like 2016 was a season of testing, and I’m praying that I emerge refined from that in 2017. But during this season of testing, if I’m not connected to You, I’ll get swallowed up in self-pity and focus on the hardship rather than the good You’re making from it. Stay connected!
Thank You, Lord, for all You are revealing to me through Daniel! I’m hearing Your message; help me to apply it. I want to stay connected to You in 2017; help me to emerge refined.
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