“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”
This is the second in our series on Thy Kingdom Come. We shall be moving on today to discuss an important depth of bringing down the Kingdom of God to the world of man. From our passage, we saw the story of the three Hebrews who refused at all cost to bow to the graven image of an earthly king. We shall explore their reasons for not doing so and its implication on their lives.
Firstly, we saw the Hebrew youths living in the land of Babylon by circumstance. They were Hebrew princes captured from the land of Judah and brought captives to Babylon. These young men were trained to attend to the needs of the king in terms of wisdom and governance in Babylon, but in the midst of all these, these Hebrews did not forget their fatherland! They continued to show their uttermost allegiance to the God of their Fathers. We saw in Dan. 1:8-16 how they refused the King’s delicacies when they discovered it would make them servants of other gods and not Jehovah! This is a vivid illustration of who we are in this world as believers, we are in the world but not of this world, we are not to conform to the standards of this world!
At a point, the world’s standard came standing up high to challenge the allegiance of these three Hebrews in our passage today. Nebuchadnezzar the King of Babylon commanded all the people in His kingdom mostly the nobles and the honourables to come and bow to his graven image. We need to know this, the graven image is more than an image to be bowed to, and it is an image representing an earthly Kingdom, not God’s kingdom. Bowing to the graven image is a symbol of allegiance to a Kingdom, the Kingdom of the world! The three Hebrews understood this right in time and remembered the first commandment of their God; they stood their ground and refused to bow to the graven image. They knew bowing to that image is a spiritual principle; it is a way of conforming to the standard of this world which is against the Kingdom they represent, the Kingdom of God.
Our God is a man of victory! He has never lost a battle; there is no record of failure in Him. Immediately the three Hebrews stood their ground as a form of allegiance to the Kingdom of heaven, God swung into action! It was now glaring that those three Hebrews knew whom they serve! They were so convinced that they affirmed that even if God fails to deliver them from the burning furnace, they will still not bow to that graven image! That is allegiance to God! This is a level of understanding God’s principle beyond God just saving you from all evils, but you serving Him with your life without any sympathy or fear for your life! Did God deliver the three Hebrews? Yes! Was God glorified through their lives? Yes! God did not only delivered them from the fiery furnace, He made Nebuchadnezzar saw the fourth man in the fire, Jesus, which turned the table around and led to God being the only God to be worshipped in that Kingdom. God wants to do the same through your life, will you allow Him?