Daniel 3 – When is it right to disobey authority?

            Text: Daniel 3

 

      The Practice of Civil Disobedience

                 When an authority requires a behavior that God prohibits

                 When an authority prohibits a behavior that God requires

 

                Note:  Genuine civil disobedience accepts the consequences

 

     An act of civil disobedience

                 Daniel’s friends did not follow the command to worship the golden                              image

                 They were brought before the King and given another chance

                 They took a stand, and refused to worship the golden image

 

     Taking a Stand

                   “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer
                concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve
                is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will
                deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let
                it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your
                gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

                                        Daniel 3:16-18

 

    3 Legs on which to Stand...

       CONFIDENCE IN GOD’S ABILITY TO DELIVER

            (He) is able to deliver us

       CONFIDENCE THAT WE AREE IN THE HANDS OF GOD

            He will deliver us out of your hand

       SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF GOD

            But even if He does not (deliver us)

 

  God delivers

      Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are tied up and thrown
         into a blazing furnace. (v.23)
      Nebuchadnezzar sees four men walking loose in the midst of
          the furnace, and the fourth is like a son of the gods! (v.25)
      The three are called out of the furnace, and it is observed that
         the fire has had no effect on them. (v. 26-27)
     God is honored, and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are
        made to prosper. (v. 28-30)

                                               BUT…
 

                         God is NOT OBLIGATED to deliver

                                            Caution:

       Do Not Assume That God Will Always Bless and Deliver

           “others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might
            obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and
            scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned,
            they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death
            with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being
            destitute, afflicted, ill-treated, wandering in deserts and mountains
            and caves and holes in the ground.”    Hebrews 11:35-38

 

What happened to the Apostles...

 

 

 

 

Persecution update...

 

                     God can deliver, but even if He does not…

                   I will honor His supreme authority in my life

                                             and

                                 I will entrust my life

                         (and the lives of my loved ones)

                                        to His care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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