Wednesday, June 18, 2014

As He is---so are We


Daniel 3:27 (NKJV), And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king's counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.

Every story of the Old Testament carries a deeper meaning than what we see on the surface. This is one of the amazing things about Scripture. The Bible interprets itself to give us the meaning of these stories.

One such story is about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. The story is found in Daniel 2. These three young men were devoted to God. When they refused to bow before an image of gold, they were sentenced to be burned in a fiery furnace.

What I found interesting was that Daniel, the fourth young man of the group, was not included with his three companions. When I prayed about it, I realized the reason.

The story is a picture of the born-again Christian. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, were not their real names. The young men were given new names, when they were taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel was given the name Belteshazzar; Hananiah became Shadrach; Mishael, Meshach; and Azariah became Abed-Nego.

The real names of these men carry a more significant meaning. The name Daniel means, "Judged of God", Hananiah means, "God has favored", Mishael means, "Who is what God is", and Azariah means, "God has helped" (1).

The three names, God has favored, Who is what God is, and God has helped, are descriptive of the Christian. The reason why Daniel was not in the furnace is because his name means, "Judged of God". The Christian will not suffer judgement. Instead the fourth person with them was Jesus, the Son of God, sent to save us from the fiery furnace (hell).

This is why the Bible says, "Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world" (1 John 4:17).

Be blessed!
(1) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. - Strong's Numbers, Daniel H1840, Hananiah H2608, Mishael H4332, Azariah H5838

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