Where was Daniel?
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego begin the book of “Daniel” all together. Daniel is promoted in Chapter 2 because he interprets the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. However, they all stay in Babylon. In fact, Daniel has the other 3 promoted as well.
In chapter 3, we see the famous story of the fiery furnace. At this point, Daniel disappears for a critical point in the story. The king makes everyone in the kingdom bow to the statue and worship it. If anyone chooses not to bow, they will be thrown into the fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego choose not to bow because of their devotion and faith in the one true God, Jehovah. As a result, they are thrown into the fire. However, we never hear about Daniel at this point.
Did he bow?
Was he traveling to another part of the country? (out of the office and scenario)
If he was around, why didn’t he speak up to save his friends?
Why did he not get in trouble if he didn’t bow?
It is odd to me that it is not stated clearly at this point where Daniel was in scripture. We know that the 3 that were put in the fire were tattled on. There were people jealous of their authority and wanted them removed from power. This was a great opportunity for them to be removed. I was thinking it was more of a private matter and not many people in the kingdom knew, however, scripture says they actually went before the king himself. It seems like Daniel would have heard about this. Also, it seems that the ones who wanted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego out of office would have also wanted Daniel out and thus made him pick between bowing or the fire.
I am still researching the topic, but thought I would throw it out to the web and see what you have found or heard…
Posted on December 10, 2010, in Daily Word, theology and tagged bow, daniel, daniel sermon notes, fiery furnace, fiery furnace sermon notes, Nebuchadnezzar, where was he. Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.