Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday February 11, 2021


Text: “Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” – Daniel 3:15.

Comment:  When King Nebuchadnezzar insisted that the three faithful Jews – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – should worship the golden image he had set up in the kingdom of Babylon, he asked them arrogantly and impiously, “and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?” As a king, he felt that he had the last word on every matter in his kingdom, including the power of life and death.

When the three Jews were thrown into the furnace, it did not hurt them as Nebuchadnezzar noted, saying, “…Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 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.” – Daniel 3:24,25.

Convinced of the power of God, and of his own limitations, Nebuchadnezzar it was who ordered them out of the fire and made a decree. “That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.” – Daniel 3:29.