From a two-and-a-half-year-old blogpost…
Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery and bagpipe and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you do not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?” (Daniel 3:14-15 NASB).
The king demands a “yes” or “no” answer from the three Hebrews. And he wants to know what “god” could deliver them out of the hands of he and his gods.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18 NASB).
The three Hebrew men tell the king of Babylon that they do not need time for deliberation as to how to answer him. The matter is not open to discussion as it is a decision they made a long time ago. They have no assurance that they will be delivered from death in the fiery furnace, only that the LORD is able to deliver. Their decision to not bow down and worship false gods was not based on whether or not they would lose their life but, instead, faithfulness to God. Though the outcome was unsure to them, they would stand firm and not bow.