My Bible Study Group is studying Daniel, authored by Beth Moore. I am so encouraged when I hear men and women of God show us more truth in a single verse. I love to see how to unpack old, familiar verses and apply those truths to our lives in a new fresh way.
I’ve been focused on Daniel 3:25.
‘He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”’
Most of us are familiar with the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into the furnace because they would not bow down and worship the statue of King Nebuchadnezzar. I’ve read this story many times since I became a Christian. It’s a story we teach our children in church. But there is so much in this story; it applies to every step of the Christian life.
When our heroes were thrown into the fire, they were bound. The text tells us that when the King looked in the furnace the men were unbound, and when they came out of the furnace, nothing on them was burnt – just the ropes had been removed. A fourth man walked in the furnace with these men. Most scholars agree this man was the preincarnate Jesus. Jesus freed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. He can free us too.
There are many things that bind us. Some have addictions, fears, doubts, or wavering faith. Remember that our Lord is stronger than all of those things.
What binds you? Jesus is more than willing to remove those ropes. There is freedom in Christ. He wants us to be free.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Blessings on your day.
Daniel, Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy,, by Beth Moore, Lifeway Publishing, Nashville, TN, 2006
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