“Fire, Seeds, and the Strange Kingdom” by Dylon Brown

Posted: March 6, 2013 in Book and Article Reviews, Random Topics
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Great piece by a friend of mine. We encounter the strange narrative of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. In it we see a king who doesn’t quite comprehend the God who saves the three young men. Instead, he manipulates this power for his own power. We are not always as different from the king of Babylon as we might like to think. This is a good reflection on the ways that the Kingdom proclaimed by Jesus challenges everything about our world and our part in it! Check it out…

Bel and the Dragon

There is a well known piece of Scripture about three guys named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We know the story well of how these three Jewish men stood up to the king and refused to bow to his idol, and were thrown into a furnace where Jesus goes back in time and saves them from burning to death.  Then Nebuchadnezzar, having seen the miracle, becomes a follower of the one true God.

Except I’m not so sure that’s what happened.

The time was the period of the Exile. In case you’re not familiar with this, it’s the time when the nation of Babylon came in and defeated Judah and trashed Jerusalem, and then carted a bunch of the people off to Babylon. Different places in Scripture testify to different reasons that the Exile happened. In Isaiah 39, King Hezekiah shows the Babylonians all his secrets and wealth because he wanted…

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