February 12, 2010

The Image of Gold and the Blazing Furnace: Legal Edition

Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown in to a blazing furnace. - Daniel 3:10-11 (TNIV)

You know the rest of the story. Because of their faith in God, three young men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, refused to fall down and worship. Accepting their promised punishment, they chose not to defend themselves. So the King's henchmen threw them into a fiery furnace. And God delivered them, unharmed.

Now, put yourself in the story. As a lawyer, or as a law student...

At the sound of what music are you expected to fall down and worship?

What is the image of gold to which you are expected to bow?

Who is the king issuing the decree? Who are the king's henchmen (or henchwomen)?

And what is the blazing furnace you are expected to fear?


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