Sermon for January 13, 2019

Even if He Doesn’t!
Daniel 3:16-18

** Daniel 3:16-18 (NIV) “Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego replied to the King, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O King, But even if he does not, we want you to know, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.'”

** Daniel 3:16-18 (MSG) “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered  King Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Your threat means nothing to us.  If you throw us in the fire, the God we serve can rescue us from your roaring furnace and anything else you might cook up, O king.  But even if He doesn’t, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference, O king.  We  still wouldn’t serve your gods or worship the god statue you set up.'”

** Daniel 3:16-18 (HSCB) “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied to the king, ‘Nebuchadnezzar, we don’t need to give you an answer to this question.  If the God we serve exists, then He can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He can rescue us from the power of you, the king.  But even if He does not rescue us, we want you as king to know that we will not serve your gods or worship the gold statue you set up.'”

** Daniel 3:16-18 (ESV) “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.  If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.  But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.’”

*words in italics are mine to draw attention

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