You know the story, King Nebuchadnezzar made a gold statue, ninety feet high and nine feet wide. It was declared, “People of every nation and language, you are commanded that when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, drum, and every kind of music, you are to fall facedown and worship the statue. But whoever does no fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire” (Daniel 3:4-6).
Few people in the West bow down to golden images today, but they still exist in different forms such as cars, a boat, house, job titles, television, bank accounts, music, etc. Be warned, they have no less a hold, and our reasons for bowing to them are no different – they look impressive, our peers are worshiping them, and our society threatens us with penalties if we do not join in.
It is far easier to identify the idols in other cultures than in our own. Paul Simon wrote these lyrics in the song, The Sound of Silence: “The people bowed and prayed to the neon god they made.”
The Bible tells us that three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, would not bow down, and it enraged the king who ordered that these men be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.
Sometimes as I read a Bible story, I wish I didn’t know how it turns out. Imagine reading without knowing how it plays out. What would these three men say? What would they choose? What would happen? These men are facing the furnace – being burned alive. How will they answer?
What would you have said? Would you have bowed down?
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Test me and know my thoughts! See if there be any offensive way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. – Psalm 139:23-24
Written by: Pastor Terry Samplaski