“Therefore, I make this decree: If any people, whatever their race or nation or language, speak a word against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, they will be torn limb from limb, and their houses will be turned into heaps of rubble. There is no other god who can rescue like this!” Daniel 3:29
The idea expressed in this verse is that words spoken against Jehovah might excite His Wrath and bring damage on the empire. Nebuchadnezzar was not necessarily jealous for the honor of Jehovah, but for the safety of the Babylonian supremacy. Nebuchadnezzar was not saying that there was only one true God; he was saying that the God of Daniel was more powerful than all the gods of Babylon. How much of the world presently attempts to appease God, while refusing to serve Him? All religion falls into this category, as an attempt to appease Deity. Most Christians fall into this category as well. People attend church not because they want to do right, but they desire to appease the Lord. They want the Lord to think well of them to make up for their wrong doing.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego surrendered themselves completely to God – body, soul, and spirit. It was the kind of submission Paul wrote of in Romans 12:1-2, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2) This whole account is a powerful illustration of the principle of Romans 12:1. We see Satan trying to make the believer bow down to his idealized image of what men and women should be. Christians must resist this with everything they have and pursue God’s ideal. In this, we will fulfill Romans 12:2.