Daniel 3

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1 Der König Nebukadnezar machte ein Bild von Gold: seine Höhe sechzig Ellen, seine Breite sechs Ellen; er richtete es auf in der Ebene Dura, in der Landschaft Babel.

2 Und der König Nebukadnezar sandte aus, um die Satrapen, die Statthalter und die Landpfleger, die Oberrichter, die Schatzmeister, die Gesetzeskundigen, die Rechtsgelehrten und alle Oberbeamten der Landschaften zu versammeln, damit sie zur Einweihung des Bildes kämen, welches der König Nebukadnezar aufgerichtet hatte.

3 Da versammelten sich die Satrapen, die Statthalter und die Landpfleger, die Oberrichter, die Schatzmeister, die Gesetzeskundigen, die Rechtsgelehrten und alle Oberbeamten der Landschaften zur Einweihung des Bildes, welches der König Nebukadnezar aufgerichtet hatte; und sie standen vor dem Bilde, welches Nebukadnezar aufgerichtet hatte.

4 Und der Herold rief mit Macht: Euch wird befohlen, ihr Völker, Völkerschaften und Sprachen:

5 Sobald ihr den Klang des Hornes, der Pfeife, der Zither, der Sambuke, der Laute, der Sackpfeife, und allerlei Art von Musik hören werdet, sollt ihr niederfallen und das goldene Bild anbeten, welches der König Nebukadnezar aufgerichtet hat.

6 Und wer nicht niederfällt und anbetet, der soll sofort in den brennenden Feuerofen geworfen werden.

7 Darum, sobald alle Völker den Klang des Hornes, der Pfeife, der Zither, der Sambuke, der Laute, und allerlei Art von Musik hörten, fielen alle Völker, Völkerschaften und Sprachen nieder, indem sie das goldene Bild anbeteten, welches der König Nebukadnezar aufgerichtet hatte.

8 Deswegen traten zur selben Zeit chaldäische Männer herzu, welche die Juden anzeigten.

9 Sie hoben an und sprachen zum König Nebukadnezar:

10 O König, lebe ewiglich! Du, o König, hast den Befehl gegeben, daß jedermann, der den Klang des Hornes, der Pfeife, der Zither, der Sambuke, der Laute und der Sackpfeife, und allerlei Art von Musik hören würde, niederfallen und das goldene Bild anbeten solle;

11 und wer nicht niederfalle und anbete, der solle in den brennenden Feuerofen geworfen werden.

12 Es sind nun jüdische Männer da, welche du über die Verwaltung der Landschaft Babel bestellt hast: Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego; diese Männer, o König, achten nicht auf dich; deinen Göttern dienen sie nicht, und das goldene Bild, welches du aufgerichtet hast, beten sie nicht an.

13 Da befahl Nebukadnezar im Zorn und Grimm, Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego herbeizubringen. Da wurden diese Männer vor den König gebracht.

14 Nebukadnezar hob an und sprach zu ihnen: Ist es Absicht, Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego, daß ihr meinen Göttern nicht dienet und das goldene Bild nicht anbetet, welches ich aufgerichtet habe?

15 Nun, wenn ihr bereit seid, zur Zeit, da ihr den Klang des Hornes, der Pfeife, der Zither, der Sambuke, der Laute und der Sackpfeife, und allerlei Art von Musik hören werdet, niederzufallen und das Bild anzubeten, welches ich gemacht habe...;wenn ihr es aber nicht anbetet, sollt ihr sofort in den brennenden Feuerofen geworfen werden; und wer ist der Gott, der euch aus meiner Hand erretten wird?

16 Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego antworteten und sprachen zu dem König: Nebukadnezar, wir halten es nicht für nötig, dir ein Wort darauf zu erwidern.

17 Ob unser Gott, dem wir dienen, uns aus dem brennenden Feuerofen zu erretten vermag und er wird uns aus deiner Hand, o König, erretten,

18 oder ob nicht, es sei dir kund, o König, daß wir deinen Göttern nicht dienen und das goldene Bild, welches du aufgerichtet hast, nicht anbeten werden.

19 Da wurde Nebukadnezar voll Grimmes, und das Aussehen seines Antlitzes veränderte sich gegen Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego. Er hob an und befahl, den Ofen siebenmal mehr zu heizen, als zur Heizung hinreichend war.

20 Und er befahl Männern, den stärksten Männern in seinem Heere, Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego zu binden, um sie in den brennenden Feuerofen zu werfen.

21 Da wurden diese Männer in ihren Leibröcken, Oberröcken und Mänteln und ihren sonstigen Kleidern gebunden und in den brennenden Feuerofen geworfen.

22 Darum, weil das Wort des Königs streng, und der Ofen außergewöhnlich geheizt war, tötete die Flamme des Feuers jene Männer, welche Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego hinaufbrachten.

23 Und diese drei Männer, Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego, fielen gebunden in den brennenden Feuerofen.

24 Da erschrak der König Nebukadnezar, und er stand eilends auf, hob an und sprach zu seinen Räten: Haben wir nicht drei Männer gebunden ins Feuer geworfen? Sie antworteten und sprachen zu dem König: Gewiß, o König!

25 Er antwortete und sprach: Siehe, ich sehe vier Männer frei wandeln mitten im Feuer, und keine Verletzung ist an ihnen; und das Aussehen des vierten ist gleich einem Sohne der Götter.

26 Da trat Nebukadnezar an die Öffnung des brennenden Feuerofens, hob an und sprach: Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego, ihr Knechte des höchsten Gottes, gehet heraus und kommet her! Da gingen Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego aus dem Feuer heraus.

27 Und es versammelten sich die Satrapen, die Statthalter und die Landpfleger und die Räte des Königs; sie sahen diese Männer, daß das Feuer keine Macht über ihre Leiber gehabt hatte: das Haar ihres Hauptes war nicht versengt, und ihre Leibröcke waren nicht verändert, und der Geruch des Feuers war nicht an sie gekommen.

28 Nebukadnezar hob an und sprach: Gepriesen sei der Gott Sadrachs, Mesachs und Abednegos, der seinen Engel gesandt und seine Knechte errettet hat, die auf ihn vertrauten und das Wort des Königs übertraten und ihre Leiber dahingaben, um keinem Gott zu dienen noch ihn anzubeten, als nur ihrem Gott!

29 Und von mir wird Befehl gegeben, daß jedes Volk, jede Völkerschaft und Sprache, wer Unrechtes spricht wider den Gott Sadrachs, Mesachs und Abednegos, in Stücke zerhauen, und daß sein Haus zu einer Kotstätte gemacht werde; weil es keinen anderen Gott gibt, der auf solche Weise zu erretten vermag.

30 Alsdann beförderte der König Sadrach, Mesach und Abednego in der Landschaft Babel.

  

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The Fiery Furnace      

Napsal(a) Rev. Dr. Andrew M. T. Dibb

The third chapter of Daniel follows the same pattern as the first two: Nebuchadnezzar begins by making threats against those who do not bow to his every whim, and ends with his humbly admitting the Lord's power.

The similarities between the dramatic vision of the statue in chapter two and actually building an image in chapter three are not, however, mere repetition. Close attention to the detail in this chapter will show how in its pursuit of domination the selfish side of human nature continues to try to dominate, even though we might consciously submit to the Lord.

This third chapter opens with a huge image created by Nebuchadnezzar. The actual dimensions are important, not because of their physical impact, but because of the spiritual concepts they contain. Similarly, the impossibility of it being made from gold should not interfere with the spiritual exposition of the verse. The literal sense of the story is important only as a means of bringing out the spiritual sense.

This entire image was made of gold. But like the head of the statue in the previous chapter, this is not the gold representing love to the Lord, but self love. Every good correspondence also has an opposite sense.

The statue is described as sixty cubits tall, and six cubits wide. The recurring number "six" takes meaning from its contrast to the number immediately following. "Seven" is a state of fullness and completeness—the Lord rested on the seventh day of creation, clean animals entered the ark in sevens, we should forgive others "up to seventy times seven." As seven contains this sense of completeness, six represents a state of incompleteness.

"Six" is often used to describe the process of regeneration, especially in the creation series, and in the Ten Commandments. In the six days of creation, people are tempted and in a state of conflict, which must be overcome for the person to regenerate (AC 8494, 8539:2, 8888). The conflict illustrated in this chapter is between our sense of selfishness and our emerging conscience.

The number sixty is the fullness of this conflict, as sixty is a six multiplied by ten. If six represents the conflicts of temptation, ten represents completeness (AC 3107, 4638, 8468, 9416), or fullness of that conflict.

Ideally, the states of goodness, truth and their mutual expression should be equal. The shape representing a regenerate person would be a perfect cube, as described by "the Holy City coming down from God out of heaven" (Revelation 21:2).

But Nebuchadnezzar's image vastly different from this ideal: it was tall and narrow — ten times taller than it was wide, and no depth is described. It comes across as one dimensional, disproportionate, its most compelling feature the gold from which it is made.

As in the second chapter, Nebuchadnezzar calls together his advisers: before, it was astrologers and wise men. In this chapter he calls together the governors of his kingdom: the satraps, administrators and so on. When the Word speaks of governors, it speaks of our loves, because we are ruled and governed by loves. The list here gives a hierarchy of loves from the top, or ruling loves, down to the lesser affections we have.
We are shown our state when that ruling love is Nebuchadnezzar: he dominates the scene, his word is law. He controls a vast empire and has absolute control over life and death. Thus Nebuchadnezzar can summon his governors and order them around with the same ease with which he called together the wise men and demanded the impossible from them.

At the sound of music, his whole empire was to fall down and worship the gold image erected by the king. Music is used as a means of summoning the rulers of the land because if those men represent our various loves and affections, so music speaks to our loves.

If Nebuchadnezzar represents our selfishness and love of control, the Chaldeans come into the picture as a confirmation of this selfishness. The essence of profanation—evil pretending to be good—is the misuse of goodness and truth for one's own ends. Any state of genuine good or truth resisting this misuse would come into conflict with it.

Thus the Chaldeans with great enthusiasm name Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego who do not serve the king nor worship his golden image. By using their Babylonian names, they are refusing to recognize truth as coming from the Word. This is the very heart of profanation: to know something is from the Word, even to acknowledge it as such, and yet to deny it—just as those Chaldeans must have known that the three men were Jews, and that their Babylonian names were not truly their own. It is the ultimate denial of their identity, just as profanation is the ultimate denial of the Lord.

Nebuchadnezzar's life is first of military conquest and the expansion of his empire. This conquest comes with the dominion of religious things. Thus it was not out of character for him to command worship. As the love of self progresses, it demands greater and greater things, until it demands to be treated as the Lord Himself (AR 717).

"The evil of the love of self is not, as is generally thought, that external elation which is called pride, but it is hatred against the neighbor, and thence a burning desire for revenge, and delight in cruelty. These are the interiors of the love of self. Its exteriors are contempt for others in comparison with self, and an aversion to those who are in spiritual good, and this sometimes with manifest elation or pride, and sometimes without it. For one who holds the neighbor in such hatred, inwardly loves no one but himself and those whom he regards as making one with himself, thus he loves them in himself, and himself in them for the sole end of self" (AC 4750:5).

Each person in this world is capable of giving freedom to these feelings, and if we do, soon we find ourselves doing what Nebuchadnezzar did: demanding that people see the world through our own personal spectacles, and roundly damning them to hell if they do not.


As we saw earlier, Daniel represents the conscience developing in opposition to our selfish states. Conscience is the activity of truth leading and guiding our minds towards a life in harmony with the Lord's. The conscience, however, must be made up of individual truths, truths applicable to different parts of our lives. We have a set of truths to govern marriage, work ethic, social interaction, and so on.

These individual truths are Daniel's Hebrew companions. Each time we have seen them, they have stood on their belief in God, but each time at Daniel's leadership. This time they stand alone, willing to confront the imperial wrath and face death for their belief.

The consequences were, of course, dire. Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage, demanding that the young men be cast into a fiery furnace, heated to seven times its normal heat. The young men were prepared to accept this punishment rather than retract their belief in the Lord.

Nebuchadnezzar tried to scare the three men by heating the furnace to hotter than normal, which well describes the actions of evil spirits in temptation who,

"act against the affections of truth that make the conscience: as soon as they perceive anything of conscience, of whatever kind, then from the falsities and failings in the man they form to themselves an affection; and by means of this they cast a shade over the light of truth, and so pervert it; or they induce anxiety and torture him" (AC 1820:4).

The time the young men spend in the furnace represents a state of temptation, which occurs for the sake of regeneration (AE 439). Most simply defined, temptation is a battle between two sides within us, where the natural, or selfish side is subdued. Up until then, selfishness is seen as simply being a part of us, the way we are (AC 1820). In temptation, this self-image is changed, and we learn to see ourselves in the light of heaven (AE 439).

The power of the evil spirits is greatly illusory. Just as Nebuchadnezzar fell back after resistance, so the spirits also withdraw when we resist them. The greatest temptation we face is believing the Lord is unable to help us in our times of great need. If we cling to the believe that He can and does give help, then facing our inner selfishness becomes less difficult. The image the men were commanded to worship was, after all, an immobile object of gold, disproportionate and one-dimensional. Our selfishness is like that: seemingly monolithic, and yet devoid of any real life. Its attractions fade when seen in the light of heaven. Spiritual resistance is not so difficult, and the results give strength:

"Victories are attended with the result that the malignant genii and spirits afterward dare not do anything; for their life consists in their being able to destroy, and when they perceive that a man is of such a character that he can resist then at the first onset they flee away, as they are wont to do when they draw near to the first entrance to heaven, for they are at once seized with horror and terror, and hurl themselves backward" AC 1820.

Nebuchadnezzar is brought to awareness and appreciation of the power of the Lord, this time, with his own senses. There is a power in his acquiescence after witnessing the four men in the fiery furnace that is far more dramatic than his incredulity after Daniel foretold the dream in chapter two. This time he actually saw the power of the furnace, so strong that those who cast the three men in were killed by its heat, yet he saw the three men walk out unscathed. This proved the power of God to him more than anything before.

We see something of this process in the final verses of Chapter three, where Nebuchadnezzar praises the Lord, showing a new humility impossible for him before. As a result, the affection of truth begins to rule in place of the former selfish loves. Thus we see Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego promoted in the province of Babylon, presumably in place of the Babylonian satraps, administrators, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the officials of the province who responded to Nebuchadnezzar's call to worship the gold image.

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Hlavní výklad ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 1326

The Last Judgement 54

der Propheten und der Psalmen Davids 174


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Wahre Christliche Religion 754


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Scriptural Confirmations 4, 37

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drei
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