The tongue-twister story of Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:16-28) is a Sunday school classic, and for good reason. Who can forget the three who refused to call down and worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue? This story is considered so important that it is one of the appointed readings of “the Old Testament’s Greatest Hits” during Easter Vigil. God’s people peacefully protested a tyrant’s orders and laid their bodies on the line rather than worship a golden image. In the end, King Nebuchadnezzar himself recognized what has happened when he says, in verse 28, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him.”
If we wonder whether the Bible teaches anything about angels protecting us, here is a clear example of God sending one just at the right moment.
This message is excerpted from the Bible study “Journeys with angels” by Christa Von Zychlin in the March 2021 Gather magazine.
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