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BEND, BOW, OR BURN

DANIEL 3:1-7

INTRODUCTION:

A.      Through history many have made laws that prevent true worship:

1.     Darius, king of the Medes; Daniel 6:7

2.     Daniel continued to pray to God; Daniel 6:11

3     The king wanted to save Daniel; Daniel 6:14-16

4.     God saved Daniel; Daniel 6:17-24

B.      Our lesson is a story of God’s deliverance; Daniel 3

C.      Our topic “Bend, Bow, or Burn”

                                 

I.   A DECREE FROM NEBUCHADNEZZAR:  Daniel 3:1-7

A.      The decree is signed; Daniel 3:4-5

1.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not bend to the decree;

      Daniel 3:12

2.  These three would not bow and worship a false god; Daniel 3:12

B.      The kings warning; Daniel 3:14-15         

1.      Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answer; Daniel 3:16-18

2.      The king orders that they be cast into the furnace; Daniel 3:21-22

C.      God delivers Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; Daniel 3:24-26

1.      These men would not burn; Daniel 3:27

2.      Nebuchadnezzar’s declaration; Daniel 3:28

3.      A new decree; Daniel 3:29

 

II.   MANY TODAY DESIRE TO BE FREE OF GOD:  I Timothy 4:1-2

A.      Paul predicted; II Timothy 4:3-4

B.      John warned; I John 4:1

C.      Paul’s warning and command to Titus; Titus 1:10-13

 

III.NEBUCHADNEZZAR SAID “BEND, BOW, OR BURN”:  Daniel 3:15

A.      He asked; “Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”

B.      Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego trusted God; Daniel 6:17

C.      God tells man to “Bend, Bow, or Burn”:

1.      James wrote; James 4:10

2.      Jesus states that we must obey God; Matthew 7:21

3.      Jesus also stated; John 12:44-48

4.      John recorded; Revelation 20:12-15

 

CONCLUSION:

              A.       You have a choice to make:

                        1.    Will you obey the gospel of Christ?  Romans 1:16-17

                        2.    Will you choose the wrath of God?  Romans 1:18

                                a.   Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego chose God and deliverance;                                                       Daniel 3:17

                                b.Where will you dwell in eternity?  Matthew 25:46