The king spoke to the three men (Dan 3:14-3:15)

“King Nebuchadnezzar

Said to them.

‘Is it true?

O Shadrach!

O Meshach!

O Abednego!

Do you not

Serve my gods?

Do you not worship

The golden statue

That I have set up?

Now if you are ready,

When you hear

The sound of the horn,

The pipe,

The lyre,

The trigon,

The harp,

The drum,

The entire musical ensemble,

To fall down,

To worship,

The statue

That I have made,

Well and good.

But if you do not worship,

You shall immediately

Be thrown

Into a furnace

Of a blazing fire.

Who is the god

That will deliver you

Out of my hands?’”

King Nebuchadnezzar gave the 3 companions of Daniel, the benefit of the doubt. He wanted to know it was really true that they, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, did not serve his gods. Did they not worship the golden statue that he had set up? Did they not respond to the musical instruments of the horn, the pipe, the lyre, the trigon, the harp or the drum? Did they not fall down and worship his golden statue? If they did not worship this statue, then they would be immediately thrown into the blazing furnace. The king then asked them what god would deliver them from his hands.

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The accusations against the Jews (Dan 3:8-3:11)

“Therefore,

At this time,

Certain Chaldeans

Came forward.

They denounced

The Jews.

They said

To King Nebuchadnezzar.

‘O king!

Live forever!

You!

O king!

Have made a decree

That everyone

Who hears

The sound of the horn,

The pipe,

The lyre,

The trigon,

The harp,

The drum,

The entire musical ensemble,

Shall fall down!

They shall worship

The golden statue.

Whoever does not

Fall down,

Who does not

Worship,

Shall be thrown

Into a furnace

Of a blazing fire.’”

Certain Chaldeans went to King Nebuchadnezzar to denounce the Jews. They reminded him that he had sent out a decree that everyone who heard the sound of the horn, the pipe, the lyre, the trigon, the harp, the drum, or any musical instrument should fall down and worship this golden statue. Anyone who failed to do so, would be thrown into a fiery furnace.

The herald’s proclamation (Dan 3:4-3:6)

“The herald

Proclaimed aloud.

‘You are commanded!

O peoples!

O nations!

O languages!

When you hear

The sound of the horn,

The pipe,

The lyre,

The trigon,

The harp,

The drum,

The entire musical ensemble,

You are to fall down!

You are to worship

The golden statue

That King Nebuchadnezzar

Has set up!

Whoever does not

Fall down,

Whoever does not

Worship,

Shall immediately

Be thrown

Into a furnace

Of a blazing fire.’”

The king’s herald announced to all standing there around this statue. All the people, countries, and various language groups were to fall down and worship this statue, when a musical sound would be made. They were to listen for the sound of a horn, a pipe, a lyre, a trigon, a harp, or a drum. Then, they were to worship this golden statue. Anyone who failed to worship this statue would immediately be thrown into a fiery furnace.

The turbulence at the presence of Yahweh (Ezek 38:20-38:20)

“They all,

The fish of the sea,

The birds of the air,

The animals of the field,

All creeping things

That creep on the ground,

All human beings

That are on the face

of the earth,

Shall quake

At my presence.

The mountains

Shall be thrown down.

The cliffs shall fall.

Every wall

Shall tumble

To the ground.”

There was going to be a great turbulence when Yahweh showed up in Israel. Everyone and everything would shake at his presence. This included the fish, the birds, the creeping things, and all the humans on the face of the earth. The mountains and the cliffs would also fall down. All the walls would tumble to the ground. Yahweh’s presence would be like an earthquake.

Force them to drink the cup of wrath (Jer 25:27-25:27)

“Then you shall say to them.

Thus says Yahweh of hosts!

The God of Israel!

‘Drink!

Get drunk!

Vomit!

Fall!

Rise no more!

Because I am sending

The sword

Among you.’”

Yahweh told Jeremiah what he was to say to each of these kings and rulers. The God of Israel wanted them to drink and get drunk. He wanted them to vomit and drink some more. They were going to fall down and then not be able to get up. Yahweh was going to send the sword against them to bring about their deaths.

Deliver me from my enemies (Ps 143:9-143:10)

“Yahweh!

Save me from my enemies!

I have fled to you for refuge!

Teach me to do your will!

You are my God!

Let your good Spirit lead me

On a level path!”

David wanted to be saved from his enemies. He fled to Yahweh as his refuge. He wanted Yahweh to teach him his will. Yahweh was his God. He wanted Yahweh’s spirit to keep him on a level path so that he would not fall down.

Yahweh guides our path (Ps 37:23-37:24)

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“Our steps are made firm

By Yahweh.

He delights in our way.

Though we stumble,

We shall not fall headlong.

Yahweh holds us by the hand.”

Yahweh helps us to walk. He delights in how we go on our way. Even though we might stumble, we do not fall down headlong because Yahweh is holding us with his hand. What a delightful thought that our every step depends on God.