Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – some background:
-King Nebuchadnezzar built a statue of gold that was 96 feet tall and 9 feet wide.
-The story doesn't tell us who the statue represented. Some think it was one of Nebuchadnezzar's gods or maybe it was a statue of him.
-He demanded that all ranking officials pledge their loyalty to him by worshiping the statue, thus boosting his ego.
-Nebuchadnezzar had appointed the three Hebrew men over the administration of the province of Babylon as a favor to Daniel. (see Daniel 2)
-Their promotion irritated certain Chaldeans who began looking for a way to get them in trouble.
-The decree was that anyone who didn't fall down and worship the statue would immediately be thrown into a fiery furnace.
-The Chaldeans were only too happy to point out to Nebuchadnezzar that the three Hebrew men were not bowing down.