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Bible Character Study: 3 Hebrew Boys

Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Aaah yes, the 3 Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their story is told in the Book of Daniel, along with Daniel; however, we will just be focusing on the 3 for this blog!!

When we talk about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, there is 1 key characteristic that we can draw from them: devotion. The result of this characteristic was 2 things: favor and wisdom. So, without further introduction, let us dive into the 3 Hebrew boys!

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abenego, known originally as Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, were selected to travel to Babylon and serve the King, it was not until 3 years after training that they joined the royal service. When asked to eat the king’s food, the 3 of them refused along with Daniel, because they did not want to defile themselves and go against God’s wishes. If you read, you will learn that after a 10 day diet, the 3 Hebrew boys looked better than those who ate the king’s food. Their commitment and devotion to the ways of God prompted God to reward them with wisdom and understanding. God’s gift to them allowed them to shine above their peers and find favor with the King, despite them refusing to eat his food. What does this tell us? It tells us that when you stand by God and keep His will in your heart, He will stand by you, and when God is for you, no man- regardless of who they are- will succeed in standing against you.

The most known example I have for you comes from Daniel 3, when the 3 Hebrew boys were thrown into the blazing furnace. How did this happen? Well, King Nebuchadnezzar decreed that all people must worship his gold statue at the sound of a harp, a flute, a horn, and other instruments. Being the faithful and devoted Godly worshippers they were, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego said “we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing fire, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from our Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up” Daniel 3: 16-18 (NIV). Woowwww, they were bold! But anyway, as a result they were thrown into the furnace that was 7 times hotter than usual. However, the God that they served showed up for them, sending an angel to protect them in the fire. This miracle led King Nebuchadnezzar to command all nations to respect their God. Yeah, that’s what I thought. This story shows us the amount of devotion and trust that the 3 Hebrew boys had for their Maker. They were willing to sacrifice their lives for Him because of the immense respect they have for God- man, if that doesn't spell out devotion I don't know what does. This should be one of our goals as Christians. It might seem extreme when you use being burned alive as an example, but in reality, it is either Heaven or Hell, right? Whoa, why’d you have to go that far? Well, that's what it is really about. We need to trust God with our lives, believe in Him with all that we have, proclaim His praises until Kingdom comes- that's what we have to do.

If Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego were able to do it considering that they were dragged to a foreign land, were under the command of a king, and were threatened with their lives each time, then so can we. I am not trying to say that it will be easy, but it must be done. Lifelong devotion.


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