And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
“Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Have you ever found yourself in the midst of the burning fiery furnace of life circumstances?
The last 10 days have felt like that for me and my family.
It begs the question: Can we be blessed (Son covered) under such circumstances?
The account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego delivers a resounding yes to that question.
My prayer is that you will be Son covered today in the midst of your life circumstances.
Last time I shared with you the Hebrew word picture meaning for blessed: Son covered.
To be covered is to be protected, to live inside God's grace is to live inside His fence who protects life: Yeshua.
So, let's road test this word picture in Deuteronomy 28:1-14
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments (Code of wisdom) which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
“And all these blessings (Son coverings) shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
“Blessed (Son covered) shall you be in the city, and blessed (Son covered) shall you be in the country.
“Blessed (Son covered) shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
“Blessed (Son covered) shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
“Blessed (Son covered) shall you be when you come in, and blessed (Son covered) shall you be when you go out.
“The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.
“The LORD will command the blessing (Son covering) on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless (Son cover) you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
“The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments (Code of wisdom) of the LORD your God and walk in His ways.
“Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you.
“And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.
“The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless (Son cover) all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
“And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.
“So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
You will recall that the ark was lined inside and out with a substance called pitch.
No doubt you are thinking: "What on earth has pitch got to do with Noah being blessed?"
Well, it just so happens that in Hebrew the word pitch is derived from the same root word as atonement.
Consequently, we discover that the ark was lined inside and out with a symbol of atonement and in Scripture the most powerful picture of atonement is found in the blood and more specifically the blood of Yeshua.
"But", you say, "that still doesn't explain what pitch has to do with Noah being blessed".
Okay then, let us look at the word blessed in Hebrew.
The word picture meaning for blessed is: "the son covered".
Noah, whose name means "life protected" together with his family, experienced what it means to be "son covered" when they entered into the ark. When they entered into the ark they entered into the covering of the atoning blood of the Son.
To be Son covered is to live inside the protection of the atoning blood of God's grace!!!