Posted by: peebles | October 23, 2013

Daniel 1:7 (KJV) ~ Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.

Let’s look at something for a moment:

Daniel means “God is my judge,” and his name was changed to Belteshazzar, meaning “protect his life”.

Hananiah means “Yahweh is gracious,” and his name was changed to Shadrach, meaning “servant of Aku”.

Mishael means “Who belongs to God,” and his name was changed to Meshach, meaning “I have become weak”.

Azariah means “Yahweh has helped,” and his name was changed to Abednego, meaning “servant of Nebo”.

Aku and Nebo were names of the household gods of King Nebuchadnezzar. These three young men were handsome in appearance, and they showed aptitude for every kind of learning. They were trained for three years, and then served the King. However, they never forgot their true and Living God. People can take away our identity, they can even put us in chains, but they can never take away the freedom of the mind. They may give us new names, and they may try to make us conform to teaching which is not of the Lord, but there is a freedom which cries out louder, “This one was born in Zion!” The higher they build their walls, the taller we become.

When these young men would not bow down to worship the false gods of King Nebuchadnezzar, he was furious with rage and commanded they to be thrown into the fire. The fire was stoked, and the temperature of the fire was so high that the flames killed the soldiers who were nearby. Then, the three young men of God were thrown into the very heart of the fire, tied firmly together. Yet God, who is true to His word, came to their rescue.

To the three men who’s Hebrews names meant, “Yahweh is gracious”, “we belong to Him” and “He will help us,” something miraculous happened. While everyone was watching from a safe distance, King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in astonishment and declared, “Look, I see four men walking around the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like the Son of the God!” King Nebuchadnezzar then called Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego to come out of the fire. When they did come out, they were unharmed and even their clothes did not smell of smoke. Then King Nebuchadnezzar declared, “No other God can save in this way.”

My friend, when we spend time with the Lord, and refuse to compromise in our walk with Him, and when we trust in Him to deliver us, He always will! For our God is a faithful God. When we do face the fires of this world, with its false accusations and people who try to get us to compromise our integrity before the Lord, we should let the Lord defend us. For even in the midst of it all He will stand by you, side by side. Then when it is all over, you will be vindicated and your clothes will not even smell of smoke. For no other God can save in this way.

Today, we have to make a choice that we will serve no foreign God, nor any other treasure. Furthermore, we will stay true to the faith and never ever compromise the absolute truth of the word of God. For just as God came to the aid of Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, so He will come to our aid as “Yahweh is gracious, we belong to Him and He will help us”, for we were born in Zion by the promise of God in Christ Jesus.

I lift my hands to the coming King
To the great I AM, to You I sing
For You’re the One, who reigns within my heart

And I will serve no foreign god, or any other treasure
You are my heart’s desire, Spirit without measure
Unto Your name, I will bring my sacrifice.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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