August 28, 2012

241 -The Fiery furnace.

Kathleen's thoughts

Daniel 3: -18, 3: 18-30, 4: 1-3
Ezekiel 33: 1-20, 34: 1-19

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego These men refused to bow down to the golden image of King Nebuchadnezzar. When he found out about this he became furious and gave orders to bring in Shadrach, Meshachk, and Abdnego and when they came before the king he asked this "is it true that you don't serve m;y gods or worship the gold statue I have set up?" And so he threatened them by telling if you hear the sound of the horn etc that they must fall down and worship but if you don't worship it, you will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.  - and who is the god who can rescue you from my power?
These men told the king we don't need to give you an answer to this question. If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.

The fiery furnace Because these men refusing to bow down this infuriated King Nebuchadnezzar giving orders for the furnace to be heated 7 time hotter than the customary. he then commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and throw them into the furnace of blazing fire dressed in their attire but the furnace was so hot that these men that were throwing the Jews into the fire killed them  King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up in alarm, He said to his advisers, "Didn't we throw three men,k bound into the fire?"
Ye, of course Your Majesty "  He exclaimed, "Look! I see four men, not tied, walking around in the fire unharmed; and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."

Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges God The king then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and called; "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego you servants of the Most High God come out!" They came out unaffected by the fire not even smelt of fire. The king exclaimed "Praise to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! He sent His angel and rescued His servants who trusted in Him. For there is no other god who is able to deliver like this.

The king's proclamation To those of every people, nation, and language, who live in all the earth;
May your prosperity increase. I am pleased to tell you about the miracles and wonders the Most High God has done for me.
How great are His miracles, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom so eternal kingdom and His dominion is from generation to generation.

The watchman This is interesting read!As for you son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me. If I say wicked; Wicked one, you will surely die, but you do not speak out to warn him about his way, that wicked person will die for his iniquity, yet I will hold you responsible for his blood. But if you warn a wicked person to turn from his way and he doesn't turn from it, he will die for his iniquity, but you will have saved your life.

Individual responsibility We are all responsible for our own actions here on earth. The Lord says this... I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent of your evil ways!

Message to faithless shepherds Here one see's that the Shepherds (ministers) are not leading their sheep in the way they should go but are only for themselves and God see's this and they will stand accountable to God for leading his flock astray.

The Good Shepherd. The Lord says he will Shepherd His flock  and bring them back home. I will tend them with good pasture, and their grazing place will be on Israel's lofty mountains. There they will lie down in a good grazing place; they will feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
I will ten d My flock and let them lie down..
I will seek the lost, bring back the strays, bandage the injured, and strengthen the weak, but I will destroy the fat and the strong. I will shepherd them with justice.
This remind's of Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want

The flock judged. The Lord will take everyone into account and you will be judged.

Now faith is the reality of what is hoped fork, the proof of what is not seen. Heb. 11:1


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