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Bob’s Banter by Robert Clements: 4th Man in the Fire

Robert Clements Robert Clements
12 Jun 2023
“No, I can’t do that,” he said quickly, “I’m trying to do some business with a few members in the group and don’t want to antagonize them!”

Good ole Kapil Dev!

Not only did he lead the cricket team of 1983 to a World Cup victory, but he set hearts afire when he led the same team to announce their complete support to the protesting girl wrestlers in Delhi: His whole World Cup team, except Roger Binny!

Hours after the announcement, Binny distanced himself from his team, mentioning he was not part of those who had lent their support to the protesting girls. One doesn’t have to look far to see why Roger did this; he’s been made the chief of the cricket board, and owes many his position, and doesn’t obviously want to ruffle any feathers.

Sometime back in a WhatsApp group, I made a statement that got the group a bit rattled. After that many called me to either ask what I meant or to support what I’d said, but one erstwhile member in particular got my attention, “Bob,” he said, after he had heard me out, “I fully support you and what you’ve mentioned!”

“Then why don’t you write that on the group?” I asked.

“No, I can’t do that,” he said quickly, “I’m trying to do some business with a few members in the group and don’t want to antagonize them!”

I chuckled to myself as I finished the call, and thought of three friends, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego, who dared centuries ago, to stand up against the might of a powerful emperor. I’m going to take the verses direct from the Bible:
King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, and proclaimed, “Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”

At this time some astrologers came forward, they said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and said, “Is it true, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? If you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.”

They replied to him, “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious, he ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace.

Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”

Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, and the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king’s command.”

That my dear readers is the story of the 4th man in the fire; a God who will stand with you who Dare to Stand Alone..!

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