God's Presence in the Pit

Nebuchadnezzar summons eight classes of officials to a dedication of a 90 foot high golden image of himself.  Among those officials invited to the ceremony of unveiling the golden image are Daniel’s three friends who were in positions of authority in Babylon (3:12), Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego.  Daniel’s three friends refuse to bow down and worship the golden image of Nebuchadnezzar which infuriates the king. In a condition of violent rage, the king orders Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be executed by being thrown into a fiery furnace.  Faced with certain death, the 3 men choose death rather than worship an idol.  The 3 men showed absolute confidence in God even if it meant dying for their faith. God shows His power by delivering Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnace which results in Nebuchadnezzar’s honor of God and promotion of the 3 Hebrew men to positions of greater authority. Their faith testimonies greatly impacted the Babylonian empire.