Through the Bible Day by Day - Daniel 3:1 - 3:1

Online Resource Library

Commentary Index | Return to

Through the Bible Day by Day - Daniel 3:1 - 3:1

(Show All Books | Show All Chapters)

This Chapter Verse Commentaries:

Loyalty Severely Tested

Dan 3:1-18

The king, at the close of the foregoing chapter, acknowledged the supremacy of Daniel’s God, yet here he erects an image to Bel and to himself, demanding divine honor. Probably there was state policy in this. In so heterogeneous an empire of peoples, nations, and languages, there could be no unity but in universal prostration before one and the same object. Nineteen years had elapsed since the recovery of the lost dream. In that period successful wars had been waged and vast treasures accumulated which made this vast expenditure possible. Imagine the assembled myriads, the glittering array of princes, satraps, viceroys, statesmen, and priests, the grouped bands, and in the background the furnace. The three youths could not have stood alone amid the prostrate throng, had they not been supported by a living faith in the God of their fathers, Heb 11:33-34. They would not argue, but they could die, if God willed. Their attitude must be taken and maintained altogether apart from any expectation of deliverance. Our God whom we serve is able-and He will.