After King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem and put his plans into gear, he thought it best to have some of his high ranking men to have names that fit better with his ways and that is how Hananiah, Misha’el, and Azariah were given the names of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These names now had nothing to do with the Hebrew meaning.
King Nebuchadnezzar had built a nine-story high statue made of gold. He made a law that all people would have to bow and worship his statue.
Some of King Nebuchadnezzar officials told him that there were three men, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah now known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. who would not bow to his idol.
When King Nebuchadnezzar asked the three why they would not obey, he was told. “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king.’
This so angered King Nebuchadnezzar, that he demanded that the execution furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual. Soldiers were told to tie the three men and to throw them into the blazing furnace. As the soldiers went to open the door the fire was so hot that the soldiers were instantly burned to death.
The King ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, to be tied and to be cast into the burning fiery furnace where they fell down, but then they got up and were walking around in the fiery furnace.
When King Nebuchadnezzar saw four men walking in the furnace he was so amazed that the ordered them to come out. The three men came out and he saw that their bodies had no evidence of the fire. Not a single hair of their head was singed and their clothes didn’t even have the smell of smoke.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar said, ‘There is no other God that can deliver after this sort ’ and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were set free to worship their own God.
And they walked away from the golden Idol.
Okay, the fire had no power over the three young men. Why? Because they trusted God? How many of us have ‘trusted’ God and we were not saved? Why? Is God selective in who he saves?
Is it possible that it was not God who saved them, but something else? And could someone who did not trust and love God…be able to survive the fire? Well, you say no, they would die, but are you certain? Just because you were programmed to believe that people would be burned and die…. Is that a fact? Or is it something you have be ‘taught’ to believe?
I think its time to investigate a little and see if things may not be the way we were taught.
With that said, lets look at what happened a different way.
Lets start with the fact that when we were little kids, we were told not to touch the fire, because it would burn us. In most cases a child will go ahead and touch the fire, and of course it will burn him…because this what he had been taught. And he believed what his parents said.
But what if he had been taught differently. What if he had been taught that the fire could NOT hurt him? What if he had been taught that nothing could ever harm him unless he believed it could?
What if we had been taught that things, all things happened in our minds first. And that is a known fact today. So, again, what if we were taught that we always had control over what we thought, and therefore we were in control of how things would be.
Lets go back to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they did not think the fire could hurt them. They THOUGHT….and then THINKING made it so. In their cases it was them THINKING God would save them….and so they were not burned.
Could that mean that if people were taught that only their THINKING could burn them, or that it was their THINKING only, that could or would cause their outer experiences, good and bad, we all might not be were we are today. And that is not having FULL control of what happens to us?
If one person, in this case, three people were THINKING they could and would not be burned, then is possible we all could change our THINKING and we like them would not be hurt by the fire? Or never be hurt by anyone or anything.
Long ago Shakespeare said, ‘There is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.’ Thinking makes it so.
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