What's Abednego?

The name "Abednego Beads" was inspired from the Bible story told in the book of Daniel 3:8-28, of three men faithful to God even though threatened with horrible death by fire.

Around 605 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar had a huge golden statue made and erected in Babylon. He then commanded that all people should fall down and worship the statue when the signal was given. Most everyone did this, since the consequences for refusing were to be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. There were three men, however, that refused to bow to the golden statue because of their loyalty to the Lord God of Israel. Their names were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The king was furious when he learned of their defiance of the decree, and called the three to appear before him. Then, he gave them one last chance to bow before the statue, reminding them of the fate awaiting if they refused, and pompously flaunting his power by asking them what god could possibly save them from a fiery furnace. (Can't you just hear that evil laugh?) Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego give a most interesting reply. They tell the king that their God is able to save them, but even if He chooses not to, they would still rather burn to death than bow before the false idol. This infuriates King Nebuchadnezzar to the point that he orders the furnace stoked up seven times hotter than usual. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego are bound and tied, and thrown into the furnace fully clothed. The fire is so hot that flames leap out and kill the soldiers as they throw the prisoners to their doom. Suddenly, the king jumps up and asks his advisors how many men were thrown into the fire. When they reply three, the king says he sees four men in the flames, walking around, unbound and unhurt. And he goes to the door of the furnace and calls Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego out. Out they come, without scorched clothing, singed hair, or even the scent of smoke upon them. King Nebuchadnezzar recognizes that God sent an angel to protect them, and he praises God and marvels at the loyalty of these three men who were ready to die rather than betray their God.

And so my beads, formed in the fire and strengthened in the oven, emerge, without the scent of smoke upon them---an enduring reminder that God delivers the faithful and brings forth beauty and purity from flames.

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