Sermon for Reformation Sunday -- Oct 30, 2022 -- Romans 3:19-28
Brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you, Amen.
Do you remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? They are well known for what happened to them during the time of Israel’s exile in Babylon. They squared off with King Nebuchadnezzar in an unforgettable event. These three men, faithful to God, had risen in the ranks of the wise leaders of the king of Babylon. Things were going well for them until this one day. King Nebuchadnezzar had constructed a 90-foot golden image on the plains of Babylon. This golden image was to be worshipped by everyone. When the special instruments would play, all were to bow down to it. And pretty much all did, that is, except for Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. The three refused. The king was furious. He gives them an ultimatum. When you hear the special music, bow down, or else you will be thrown into the fiery furnace. The king boldly asks them “who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”