Daniel 3:30 Index
"Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon."
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"...the king promoted..."

  • How this promotion was effected is not stated. The three worthies may have received money, or more influence and power in the administration of the province, or more elevated titles. By faithfulness in the face of death the three Hebrew worthies had demonstrated qualities of character that made it evident that they could be trusted with even greater responsibilities than they had previously borne. (4BC 785)
  • The trial on the plains of Dura was the crowning act in the lives of the three Hebrews. We are told that they were advanced to higher positions in the province of Babylon, but we hear nothing further of them. In the testing time they did not know that the Lord would deliver them from the furnace, but they had faith to believe that He had power to do it if it were His will to do so. In such times it takes more faith to trust that god will bring about His purposes in His own way than it does to believe in our own way. It is the absence of this faith and trust in critical times, which brings perplexity, distress, fear, and surmising of evil. God is ever ready to do great things for His people when they put their trust in Him. (SNH 53-54)
  • Seldom are we placed in the same circumstances twice. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Daniel, and others were sorely tried, even unto death, yet each test came in a different way. Every individual has an experience peculiar to his own character and circumstances. God has a work to accomplish in the life of each individual. Every act, however small, has its place in our life experience. God is more than willing to guide us in the right way. He has not closed the windows of heaven to prayer, but his ears are ever open to the cries of His children, and His eye watches every movement of Satan to counteract His work. (SNH 54)
  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were men of like passions with ourselves. Their lives are given to show what man may become even in this life, if he will make God his strength and wisely improve the opportunities within his reach. Among the captives of the king who had similar advantages, only Daniel and his three companions bent all their energies to seek wisdom and knowledge from God as revealed in His Word and works. Although they afterward held high positions of trust, they were neither proud nor self-sufficient. They had a living connection with God, loving, fearing, and obeying Him. They allowed their light to shine in undimmed luster, while occupying positions of responsibility. Amid all the temptations and fascinations of the court, they stood firm as a rock in adherence to principle. (SNH 54-55)
  • A direct compliance with Bible requirements, and a faith in God, will bring strength to both the will and the body. The fruit of the Spirit is not only love, joy, and peace, but temperance also. If these youth had compromised with the heathen officers at first, and yielded to the pressure of the occasion by eating and drinking according to the customs of the Babylonians, contrary to God's requirements, that one wrong step would undoubtedly have led to others, until their consciences would have been seared, and they would have been turned into wrong paths. Faithfulness in this one point prepared them to withstand greater temptation, until finally they stood firm in this crucial test on the plain of Dura. (SHN 55)
  • The third chapter of Daniel may be studied with profit in connection with the message referred to in Revelation 13. The principles are the same in both. All the world was called to worship the image set up in the province of Babylon; refusing, they would suffer death. In Revelation there is brought to view an image to the beast, -- governments on earth which will frame laws contrary to the requirements of God. Life and power will be given to this image, and it shall both speak and decree that as many as will not worship it shall be put to death. All, small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, will be required to receive a mark in the right hand or in the forehead. Men will be disfranchised for not worshiping this image; for no one will be allowed to buy or sell who has not the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (SHN 55-56)
  • Who will be able to stand the test when this decree to worship the image to the beast is enforced? Who will choose rather to "suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season" (Hebrews 11:25). What children are now being trained and educated in these principles of integrity to God? From what homes will come the Daniels and Meshachs? This will be the final test brought upon the servants of God. The scenes portrayed in the third chapter of Daniel are but a miniature representation of those trials into which the people of God are coming as the end approaches. (SNH 56)
  • The king promoted the young captives, that is he restored to them the offices which they had held before the charges of disobedience and treason were brought against them. (US 77)