Daniel 3:26 Index
"Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, 'Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither.' Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire."
Research Material

"...servants of the most high God..."

  • Nebuchadnezzar's acknowledgments that the God of the three Hebrews was the "most high God" does not necessarily imply that the king had abandoned his polytheistic concepts. To him the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego was not the only true God, but simply the most high God, the chief of all gods. (4BC 785)

"...come hither..."

  • With bitter remorse and feelings of humility, the king approached the furnace and exclaimed, "...come hither...." They did so, and all the hosts on the plain of Dura were witnesses to the fact that not even the smell of fire was upon their garments, and not a hair of their head had been singed. God had triumphed through the constancy of his faithful servants. The magnificent image was forgotten by the people in their wonder, and solemnity pervaded the assembly. (SNH 50)
  • What the Jews as a nation failed to do in proclaiming the truth to the nations of the world, God accomplished under the most trying circumstances, with only three men. The story of the miraculous deliverance was told to the ends of the earth. The principles of religious liberty and freedom of conscience were known. The history of the Jews was passed from mouth to mouth as those unacquainted with the three Hebrews asked who they were and how they came into Babylon. The Sabbath was proclaimed. The story of Jewish eduction was made known. The glory of Babylon was for the time forgotten as the splendor of the heavenly kingdom and the principles of God's government became the absorbing theme. Without doubt some men dated their conversion from that day, and forces were set in operation which paved the way for the return of the Jews a few years later. (SNH 51)
  • When bidden, these three men came forth from the furnace. Then the princes, governors, and king's counselors, through whose advice, or at least concurrence, they had been cast into the furnace... were gathered together to look upon these men, and have tangible proof of their miraculous [reservation. The worship of the great image was forgotten. The interest of this vast concourse of people was concentrated upon these three remarkable men. How the knowledge of this deliverance would be spread abroad throughout the empire, as the people should return to their respective provinces! What a notable instance in which God caused the wrath of man to praise Him! (US 76)