Setting the scene: In this sample chapter of For the Sake of His Name, Daniel and his three friends have graduated from Nebuchadnezzar’s elite school for captives after being taken captive to Babylon. Daniel had become Nebuchadnezzar’s top administrator. His friends held positions on the king’s council.
Two bitter rivals of Daniel and his friends, a Phoenician named Philosir and the High Priest of Marduk, Enshunu, had persuaded Nebuchadnezzar to pass a law condemning to death by fire anyone who refused to bow to a golden likeness of the king recently erected on the plain of Dura. Mishael, Hananiah and Azariah had refused to bow and, as this chapter begins, face a trial and the death penalty.
Daniel had avoided the same sentence by taken advantage of his authority and simply leaving town. How did Mishael, Hananiah and Azariah feel about Daniel having left them to face the furnace alone?
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