Bowing Down, Standing Up – Dec. 3, 2017

Jon Mark preaching Sunday, Dec, 3, 2017 Dramatic reading and acting out of the story from Daniel 3, performed at RMC on Dec. 3, 2017Jon Mark preached from Daniel 3, the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refusing to bow down to the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had created. Before he preached, there was a dramatic telling of the scripture passage. Jon Mark also referenced a Russian Orthodox image depicting the three young men in the furnace.

Russian Orthodox image of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furance.

This story, along with others in the old testament, show us that the Lord is a God of grace. There is death, but there is also grace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego exemplify non-violent resistance against Nebuchadnezzar’s self-appointed godhead.

Jon Mark tied the story in with the season of Advent by encouraging us not to think the Christmas or Easter are the “only” significant religious holidays just because a majority of the nation is Christian. When we think that everyone is just like us, we make the same mistake as Nebuchadnezzar not understanding why these three would stand up to him and his order to bow down.

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