There is this question I have been asking Pastors, Church leaders and Bible Scholars but it seems they are also searching for an answer to same question.
We all remember the story of when King Nebuchadnezzar threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fiery furnace, yet they did not burn. This is one of the popular Bible stories and was made more popular by My Book Of Bible Stories published by Jehovah's Witnesses.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were Daniel's friends. Daniel brought them to the town and as such they were there because of Daniel.
The event was something that Daniel is not expected to miss. If Daniel had any reason to miss the event, then his friends could have equally missed or be with him wherever he was.
King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image that he wanted everyone to bow and worship it. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow and then incurred the wrath of the King that led to them been thrown into the burning the furnace.
So my question is: Where was Daniel when his friends refused to worship the golden idol? Is it that Daniel bowed before it and that's why he wasn't thrown into the burning the furnace?
Let us take a look at the Bible's account on this at Daniel 3:16-28 as quoted below:
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
END OF QUOTATION.
Believers, kindly assist me understand this once and for all. Where was Daniel? Daniel was later put in a Lion's den and according to the Bible it had nothing to do with the golden idol. And I also believe that Daniel didn't bow to the idol. This is because of how God protected him when he was dumped into the Lion's den. If he bowed to the image, God would have punished him as it was the case in the old testament era. Though a fourth person was seen in the fire, we all agree to it that it wasn't Daniel and that it was an angel of God who came there to protect them.
Kindly share your views and they will go a long way to help me and others who are seeking answers to this question. If you have no idea, you can share into your Church's WhatsApp or Facebook groups, who knows, someone there might be keeping the answer to this very question.
It is my prayer that God gives us more insights into His word and bless us as we continue to seek answers to relevant questions to build our faith even more stronger in His word. It is my prayer that Almighty Jehovah showers his blessings upon any hand that tries to help a brother and many others understand these verses in the scriptures that have bothered myself and others for years.
Leave your answers in the comment box and I will be reading. Also keep me in your prayers as I seek the Holy Spirit's guidance in understanding the scriptures.
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