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The Golden Image

"King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold 90 feet high and 9 feet wide.... As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace" (Dan.3:1; 5-6).

Not too long after Daniel explained Nebuchadnezzar's dream to him and was elevated along with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to high positions in his court, the king has a huge gold statue erected. I wouldn't doubt that it bore a resemblance to him... When the music played within the kingdom, everyone was supposed to bow and worship the statue. All of us, from our youths on up have been put into a position where we were expected to do something because everybody else was doing it, even if it was the wrong thing to do... Daniel, along with his three friends, though now rather high on the Babylonian food chain, were put into that position. This kind of dovetails from yesterday's lesson about going along with the majority. When put into these positions in our lives, how did we react? Did we go along with the masses, or stick to our core beliefs? This is all about standing up for what is right, or as the credo of a good friend of mine reminds us, "do right for no other reason than because it is right..." It is critical to point out at this time that the young men in of story from Daniel have come to an important crossroad in their lives. Do what the king says, even though it flies in the face of their beliefs, or die. In all probability, doing right when those around us are not, will not end in our physical death, but the consequences can be even more deep. Why did the three young men do the right thing we ask? Simply put, their consciences were now in alignment with God's will and not their desires, or the whim of a king with too much power at his command... We have a great Old Testament story to lean upon when we are faced with conform/don't conform situations. If these young men are not quite a powerful enough reminder for us, lets remember all the situations in which Jesus did not conform to what people wanted or expected from Him.... Lets all be careful about the golden image...

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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