Family Bible Study lesson for March 21: Refusing to Compromise : Tuesday, March 9, 2004
March 9 2004 by Claude Frazier

Family Bible Study lesson for March 21: Refusing to Compromise : Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for March 21: Refusing to Compromise

By Claude Frazier
Focal passage: Daniel 3:12, 4-6, 13-18, 21, 24-25, 27b-28

Anticipate Your Faith will be Tested

Daniel 3:16

A Hebrew captive named Daniel impressed his Babylonian captors so much that he was honored by the king and given a place of authority over the whole province of Babylon. Daniel requested that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego also be given important governmental tasks, and the king agreed. It would seem that life was going to be good for these faithful Jews. But almost immediately, their faith was severely tested.

Nothing ever remains the same when human experience comes into play. In this incident, the king's pride made him more willing to kill than to allow an exception to his ruling.

Nebuchadnezzar set up an image of gold for worship and called all his officials to the dedication. He ruled that all must attend or be subject to punishment. The people were to go before the king and when the music played, they were to fall on their faces and worship the golden image.

Here we see evil men using force to exert their power, protect their pride and proclaim their victory. People who favor morality and decency know there can be no relaxation or final victory; the tests endured are for the purpose of strengthening us for the more difficult tasks ahead.

Decide Now to Avoid Compromise

Daniel 3:13-18

Because they were jealous of the foreigners, certain officials complained to the king that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had not obeyed his command. They refused to worship the golden image he had set up.

The king went into a furious rage. He called for the men and confronted them about the matter. Their response was that they had no need to answer. Their faith was in God, and God needed no oral defense. He would answer in deeds, not words.

The faithful Jews had definitely decided not to compromise. Their faith empowered them to believe God would deliver them. Even if that did not happen, they let it be known, they would still not worship the king's image.

The deepest things of faith can never be said in words but are shown by our actions.

Trust that God will be with You

Daniel 3:24-28

The king became so angry that he instructed his men to heat the furnace seven times hotter than usual. His mighty men bound the men, still clad in their coats, hats and garments, and threw them into the middle of the fiery furnace.

When the flames died down, the king went to look in the furnace and was astonished to see the three men were unharmed. A fourth man, said by the king to be like the form of the Son of God, was with them.

Nebuchadnezzar called the men by name, recognizing them as servants of the most high God. He told them to come out from the fire. Amazingly, not a hair on their heads was singed and they did not smell of fire.

There is no creed to live by like that of Christians. Other ways have more ease and promise but when the day of testing comes only God can deliver. This scripture is another testimony of His power.

True religion depends upon love, not force. Against truth, the forces of idols prove to be weak and ineffectual.

Faith in God will hold us steady under the worst of conditions. We can trust in Him and not be silent, believing that He will vindicate His own.
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