Worship Or Burn

Read the Bible in a year by reading Daniel 3 and 4 today.
Worship or burn was the decree of King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel wrote, “Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and its width six cubits. He set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon” (Daniel 3:1). He wanted all political leaders to be present for the dedication of the image (vv. 2, 3). However, they, along with all the people in Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom, were not simply to look at the image and admire it, but when they heard music played, they were to fall down and worship the image (vv. 4, 5). This was not a matter of option, but the king wanted everyone forced to worship this image, otherwise, “whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.” (v. 6). Guess what happened? Everyone did as the king wanted, “So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up” (Da. 3:7).
I wonder why everyone worshiped the image? They were not prompted by love for the king and his image, but they knew if they did not comply, immediately he would have them ordered into the furnace.
If we do not worship the God of heaven, we will pay a heavy price. Yet, He seeks to persuade us with love and mercy. He gives us thousands upon thousands of days of opportunity to change our minds. God loves you. Do you love Him? Worship Him.

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Don Ruhl

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