Bahan Alkitab: Daniel 3
King Nebuchadnezzar set up a huge golden statue and ordered his people to worship it. The penalty for disobedience was death in a blazing furnace.
Soon it was reported that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were not worshipping as the king commanded.
The three Jews did not question whom they should obey – God or the king. They were quite sure God could save them. But even if God did not save them, these young men would not worship the idol. God’s will be done.
Nebuchadnezzar had tried to be lenient, to give these men another chance. Now he was even angrier than before. The furnace was heated seven times hotter than usual. The furnace was probably a kiln used for baking bricks. It was so hot that it killed those who threw the three men in.
The three were unhurt, they were free from their bonds, and they had a companion in the fire. God did not leave his faithful servants alone in their time of need. Although Nebuchadnezzar thought the fourth man was a son of one of the gods, he was actually sent from the only true God.
When the men came out unscorched, and without even a smell of smoke on their clothes, Nebuchadnezzar’s look must have changed from fury to awe. The king praised God because He was able to save these servants who trusted Him so fully that they refused to obey the king’s command. They risked death rather than worship any god except their own God
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep