Verses 8-12: Well, apparently everyone wasn't worshiping because a
local group of astrologers turned up at the king's door. They disclosed that
Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah weren't obeying the law. They were refusing
to worship the idol.
These tattletales wanted to make sure they were in good with Nebuchadnezzar
and had all their bases covered with their charge,
By the way, no
mention is made of Daniel here, so any comments would be purely speculative
and therefore none will be made.
so, they repeated the proclamation
word for word. I suspect this was the fallout from the promotion of Daniel
and his friends to such high-level positions. It is also typical of the
Anti-Semitism we find throughout history.
Verses 13-15: Needless to say, the king was outraged. This shouldn't
come as a surprise based on what we have already observed with his demands
to the wise men when he called them to interpret his dreams.
How dare these three flaunt his edict! And how quickly he forgot these men
and the God they served. He did give them one chance: they could either worship