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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20170730 DANIEL'S FOURTH MAN

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DANIEL'S FOURTH MAN

SERMON STARTER

          Lois was cleaning in our upstairs apartment Wednesday night and all the cleaning solutions she washed down the drain drained down to our kitchen below. We remodeled this kitchen 11 years ago and all our dishes, dishwasher, kitchen cabinets, floor; it was a disaster.

1) We obviously have a damaged drain upstairs;

2) All the clean dishes and pantry breakfast foods, teas, etc. drenched. The kitchen ceiling tile collapsed on Lois as she tried to clean;

3) The ground-fault plug shorted out along with the power to the dishwasher so we could not clean and sterilize our soiled dishes;

4) The toaster oven and toaster were initially inoperable. . .

5) The cabinets had to be emptied and cleansed. . .

6) All this happened at 8 pm Wednesday night.

NOW THE GOOD NEWS

          Thursday afternoon the ground fault plug dried out enough to allow us to power up the dishwasher. My favorite plumber Jim O'Malley is looking at and fixing the plumbing Monday.

          Have you ever noticed how easily it is to lose your peace?

There are two primary sources of peace in this life. There is the worldly peace that comes from tranquil circumstances. Then there is God's peace, which occurs in the heart. My peace from outward circumstances was shattered last Wednesday evening. Ever since the disaster I have been like a hyper-vigilant abused household pet. I've been over-reactive, interpreting threats at every turn, displaying a black mood.

          The peace of God is what I lost. Philippians 4 reminds me of God's promised inner peace.

 

7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.   Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)

 

My sermon this morning is about getting back God's peace through an awareness of Daniel's Fourth Man in his fiery trial.

Pastor Phil  <><<

Sheepfold Ministries, July 30, 2017

Pastor Phil Roland

 

DANIEL'S FOURTH MAN

DANIEL 3:1-30 - Esp. Verses 19-30

"it's easy to feel God has abandoned us in the midst of trials, but this is not how God is. He is with us through the trial! He doesn't just allow us to be  tested. He is with us through the fire!"                                         Pastor Phil  <><<

PERSONALITIES IN THE NARRIATIVE:

    DANIEL –586 B.C. So. Kingdom (Judah) Captive

    NEBUCHADNEZZARBabylonian King, Burned Jerusalem 586 B.C.

LOCATION:

          1. Near where the Biblical Garden of Eden was located

            2. Near where Nimrod built his famous Tower of Babel (Confusion)

            3. Where the Kingdom of Babylon had its birth

            4. Near the Plain of Shinar where Abraham had his birthplace

 

25 "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they

are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."      Daniel 3:25

Daniel's Fourth Man was with them even though. . .

I. THE FURNACE WAS HOT - Verse 19

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace

seven times more than it was usually heated.
            A. There were basically three types of furnaces in Biblical times

            1. Firing bricks

            2. Kilns for firing pottery

            3. Smelting metals

                        a. The smelters were the hottest of all the furnaces                                              

                        b. Nebuchadnezzar warmed up for the 3 men

            B. Daniel's Furnace was probably 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit

                        1. That's 10 times hotter than a baking oven

                        2. Human body cremates at 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit

                        3. It Takes 2 1/2 Hours

            C. The Furnace of your personal tribulation can be very HOT

                        1. Vocational / Financial Crisis

                        2. Relational Failure

                        3. Spiritual Crisis

            D. The genuineness of your Faith is revealed by Fire - 1 Peter 1:7

            "that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold                   

that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor,                      

and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,"

DANIEL'S FOURTH MAN, cont., p.2

 

Daniel's Fourth Man was with them even though. . .

II. THE FURNACE WAS A PLACE OF DEATH - Verse 22

22 Therefore, because the king's command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly

hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and

Abed-Nego.

            A. The King's soldiers who bound the 3 men died from the fire

                        1. An active fire in a closed place sucks the oxygen out

                        2. They probably died from asphyxiation / respiratory distress

                        3. Smoke inhalation is strange you suck in, but there's no air

            B. Death is the absence of physical/biological life

                        1. The King's men lost their physical lives

                        2. What about their spiritual lives?

            C. You die once in this life, but we're alive in Christ - John 5:24

            "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him

            who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has

            passed from death into life."

1. Two key words, one meaning "Life"

                        2. Greek word: "ZO-EIN," sometimes written, "Zo-aye"

                        3. Life that transcends human biological life

                        4. The Life of God eternal into the ages

                        5. Passed from Death unto Life?

                        6. A condition or state of existence in which one may enter w/o                                   

                            physically experiencing death

            D. God is with us IN and THROUGH the fires of our own affliction

                 Psalm 23:4 (NKJV)

            4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no

               evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

                        1. God is with us even in through the fires of death itself

                        2. We may FEEL alone, but we ARE NOT alone

                        3. Daniel and his 2 companions found God present IN the fire

 

Daniel's Fourth Man was with them even though. . .

III. THE FURNACE HELD ONLY THREE MEN - Verses 20-21

20 And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their

other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

            A. Three men were cast into the raging heat

                        1. Their garments ordinarily flame up in an instant

                        2. The inferno demands Oxygen and Fuel

                        3. All that would be left normally would be grey ashes

            B. The Kings looked in later and saw A FOURTH MAN

                25 "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the    

DANIEL'S FOURTH MAN, cont., p.2

 

              fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of                       

              God."      Daniel 3:25

            C. Daniel's Fourth Man had power over the raging fire

                        1. Theologians call him a Theophanies or Christophanies

                        2. "God-Form," or "Christ Form"

                        3. Who was Daniel's Fourth Man?

                                    Read the enclosed Paper

 

Daniel's Fourth Man was with them even through. . .

IV. THE KING'S DISAPPROVAL AND LATER AMAZEMENT

28 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and

Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and

they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not

serve nor worship any god except their own God!

            A. Daniel dogmatically clung to his faith in His God

                        1. Life's circumstances challenge us to "Curse God and Die!"

                        2. Daniel keeps his eye on the Lord

                        3. What about your circumstances?   

                        4. What are you enslaved to in this life?

                        5. Is it the fear of sickness and death?

            B. Remember, Jesus promised we would not taste death - Matt. 16:28

            "Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste                  

              death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."

                        1. Shall not See/Taste Death?

                        2. They shall not Empirically Experience Death

                        3. WHY? They have already passed from death unto life

                        4. Death strikes no fear in Jesus Followers' Hearts

                        5. They are already Surrendered to Life in Jesus

            C. Have you discovered Daniel's Faith in your fiery trials?

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

 

In Genesis, He in the Seed of the Woman.

In Exodus, He to the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus, He is our High Priest.

In Numbers, He is the Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night.

In Deuteronomy, He in the Prophet like unto Moses.

In Joshua, He is the Captain of our Salvation.

In Judges, He is our Judge and Lawgiver.

In Ruth, He is our Kinsman-Redeemer.

In 1 and 2 Samuel, He is our Trusted Prophet.

In Kings and Chronicles, He is our Reigning King.

In Ezra, He is our Faithful Scribe.

In Nehemiah, He is the Rebuilder of the Broken-down Walls of human life.

In Esther, He is our Mordecai.

In Job, He is our Ever-Living Redeemer, “For I know my Redeemer liveth."

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

In Psalms, He is our Shepherd.

In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, He Is our Wisdom.

In the Song of Solomon, He's our Lover and Bridegroom.

In Isaiah, He is the Prince of Peace.

In Jeremiah,He is our Weeping Prophet.

In Ezekiel, He is the Wonderful Four-Faced Man!

And in Daniel, He is the Fourth Man in “Life’s Firey Furnaces.”

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

In Hosea,   He is the Faithful Husband. "Forever married to the backslider.

In Joel, He is the Baptizer with the Holy Ghost and Fire.

In Amos, He is our Burden-Bearer.

In Obadiah, He is the Mighty to save.

In Jonah, He is our Great Foreign Missionary.

In Micah, He is the Messenger proclaiming the Gospel of Peace.

In Nahum, He is the Avenger of God's Elect.

In Habakkuk, He is God's Evangelist, crying: "Revive thy works in the middle of the years.”

Fourth man, cont., p.2

In Zephanniah, He is our Saviour.

In Haggai, He is the Restorer of God's Lost Heritage.

In Zechariah, He is the Fountain Opened in the House of David for sin and uncleanness.

In Malachi, He is the Son of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings.

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

In Matthew, He is the Messiah.

In Mark, He is the Wonder-Worker.

In Luke, He is the Son of Man.

In John, He is the Son of God.,

In Acts, He   is the Holy Spirit.

In Romans, He is our Justifier.

In 1 and 2 Corinthians, He Is the Gifts of the Spirit.

In Galatians, He is the Redeemer from the Curse of the Law.

In Ephesians, He is the Christ of Unsearchable Riches.

In Philippians, He is the God Who Supplies All Our Needs.

In Colossians, He in the Fullness of the Godhead Bodily.

In 1 &nd 2 Thessalonians, He is our soon-coming King.

In 1 and 2 Timothy, He is our Mediator between God and Man.

In Titus, He is our Faithful Pastor.

In Philemon, He is the Friend that Sticks Closer than a Brother.

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

 

In Hebrews, He is the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant.

In James, He is our Great Physician for "'The Prayer of faith shall save

the sick."

In 1 and 2 Peter, He is our Chief Shepherd, who shall soon appear with

a crown of unfading glory.

In 1, 2, and 3 John, He is Love.                    

In Jude, He is the Lord Coming with Ten Thousands of His Saints.

And, in Revelations, He is the Lord Of Lords, and the King of Kings!

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

He is to Abel's Sacrifice, Noah's Rainbow, Abraham’s Ram, Isaac's Wells,

Jacob's Sceptre, Moses' Rod, Joshua's Sun and Moon that stood still.

Elijah's Mantle, Elisha's Staff, Gideon's Fleece, Samuel's

 

Fourth man, cont., p.3

 

Horn of Oil, David's Slingshot, Isaiah's Fig Poultice, Hezekiah's Sundial,

Daniel's Visions, Issachar's Burden, and Malachi's Son of Righteousness.

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

He is Peter's Shadow, Stephan's Signs and Wonders, Paul's Handkerchiefs

and Aprons, and John's Pearly White City.

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

He Is Father to the Orphan, Husband to the Widow, the Bright and Morning

Star to the traveler in the night, He in the Lily of the Valley, the Rose of Sharon,

and the Honey in the Rock.

He is the Brightness of God's glory, the Express Image of His Person, the

King of Glory the Pearl of Great Price, the Rock in a Weary Land, the Cup that

Runs Over, the Rod and the staff that comfort.

And the government of our lives is upon His shoulders!

 

Who is this Fourth Man?

HE IS JESUS OF NAZARETH! THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD!

OUR SAVIOR! OUR

COMPANION, FRIEND AND GUIDE! 

OUR LORD AND SOON-COMING KING!