The story of three Jewish expatriates cast into a fiery furnace for their refusal to worship a statue of their Babylonian king is one of the best known and loved in the Old Testament. It is recorded in Daniel chapter 3 and involves the young men, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (given the Babylonian names Shadrach, Mishach and Abednego). I had the opportunity to speak in chapel at Sunset International Bible Institute about this story and what we can learn from it. Click here to watch and listen to the video on YouTube.
Meanwhile you might also enjoy reading these articles about some of the history of the Babylonians which provides some background information:
- “Stop Calling the Babylonians Scientists”
- “Nebuchadnezzar Brick”
Our image is of a brick kiln in Kadaiman, Iraq and available at wikimedia.org.