Daniel 3, 6
Things To Consider
- King Nebuchadnezzar believed Daniel but ignored the fact that it was God who was worthy of worship.
- Standing for your faith is costly.
- Manipulation and politics were a part of this trial.
- They trusted God even if the outcome was not what was hoped for.
- The God of fire is not burned.
- God has dominion over all things whether king or fire.
- The king is so angry that he is willing to sacrifice some of his best men to satisfy his wrath.
- God's agency is not always what is expected.
- King Nebuchadnezzar was greatly affected but emotion is no substitute for genuine faith.
- Wise rulers must figure out how to establish their kingdoms through bureaucracy – that is what the satraps were a part of.
- Jealousy creates strife.
- The success of others should not be perceived as a threat.
- Ulterior motives brought these men to the king.
- Darius realizes that he has been tricked but is obligated to execute judgment.
- Daniel's piety and devotion was known to the king.
- The king couldn't sleep and was anxious to see how Daniel fared.
- Divine aid was dispatched and Daniel was saved.
- The men that set him up were killed for their treachery.