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The Vibe of the Fiery Furnace

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are three young men born into Jewish nobility and who have the misfortune to be in Jerusalem when King Nebuchadnezzar’s conquering army arrives to defeat the city. Dragged off to Babylon with the rest of Judah’s ruling elite, their vibe improves a little. The men are good looking, smart and quick to learn and are fast tracked to good jobs in the royal household alongside their countryman, Daniel. However, the vibe turns sour when Nebuchadnezzar erects a ninety foot high gold effigy in the desert. The crowds who show up for the statue’s grand unveiling are warned that, if they don’t worship it, they will be thrown into a blazing furnace. Not fancying the vibe of worshipping anyone other than God, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego decide to pass, a move that fast tracks them to a face to face meeting with King Nebuchadnezzar himself. The king is furious and offers the men one last chance to change their minds. They pass again and Nebuchadnezzar is so angry that he orders his guards to make the furnace seven times hotter than usual. In fact the flames are so hot that the guards whose job it is to push the three men to their deaths die of heatstroke themselves. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego fall into the furnace and moments later an astonished Nebuchadnezzar asks onlookers why a) there are four men in the furnace, not three and b) why they are walking round as if nothing is wrong. According to the king, the fourth man in the furnace looks like ‘a son of the gods’, leading to many Christians believing that this is an early appearance of Jesus. Nebuchadnezzar then forbids anyone in his kingdom to say a bad word about the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and gives the three men important jobs in the equivalent of the Babylonian Civil Service.

General vibe of the fiery furnace: very very hot

Factvibe: history doesn’t relate how the men get out of the furnace

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Not even these can act as protection from this oven

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