He answered and said, See, I see four men loose, walking in the middle of the fire, and they have no hurt…
This transaction is typical. It sets forth the security of God's saints in the hour of their greatest peril — together with the reason of that security. Fire represents trial, persecution, for fire consumes, devours, destroys. A furnace is the very image of destruction in its wildest shape. To have fallen down bound into such a furnace, and straightway to be seen walking about there loose, is the liveliest picture possible of perfect security amid tremendous danger. The presence of a companion, and he the Son of God, explains the rest of the marvel, for it accounts for that safety which before was simply inexplicable.
1. In every trial the victory is promised to faith; the same faith which on the plain of Dura "quenched the violence of fire."
2. The fire of temptation is illustrated by the security of the three children in the furnace. The man is safe, because the Lord is with him.
3. We are here taught to behold the safety of God's elect children in that tremendous day when "the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire." God Almighty so preserve us in adversity; so be with us amid temptation; so absolve us in that tremendous day — even for His own mercy's sake!
Parallel VersesKJV: He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.