Tuesday May 26 2020

Who Was the Fourth Man?

The Fourth Man

In Daniel Chapter 3 Nebuchadnezzar threw 3 men into a super heated furnace. But to his surprise they did not die. Instead, a fourth man appeared, walking with them in the middle of the furnace. Who was this fourth Man who exercised such power over the flames that when the three men finally came out at Nebuchadnezzar’s bidding, not even the smell of fire was on their clothes, only the ropes with which they had been tied were burnt? 

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Who is this fourth Man?

In Genesis He is the Creator of heaven and earth and the seed of the woman.

In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb Who delivered His people out of bondage to Egypt; the Manna in the desert; the Rock of refuge providing His people with living water; the Pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.

In Leviticus He is the Law giver; the Sin offering; and the Blood of Atonement

In Numbers He is the Bronze Serpent; star of Jacob and the sceptre of Israel.

In Deuteronomy He is the prophet like unto Moses who was to come and bring deliverance to His people.

In Joshua He is the Captain of the heavenly hosts, the Warrior of Israel

In Judges He is our righteous judge; the strength of Samson stronger than a lion; the fleece of Gideon directing the armies of Israel.

In Ruth He is our Kinsman Redeemer; the Root of Jesse.

In 1,2 Samuel He is our trusted prophet; and the small stone in David’s sling slaying the giant.

In 1,2 Kings and 1,2 Chronicles He is Solomon’s Wisdom; Elijah’s fire burning up the sacrifice; and his fiery Chariot; the widow’s oil which never failed; Naaman’s healing balm delivering him from leprosy. He is Elijah’s provider of food; and He is the King of kings. 

In Ezra He is the faithful Scribe; and God’s promise fulfilled

In Nehemiah He is the rebuilder of the ruined walls of human lives.

In Esther He is our Mordecai, intervening in the affairs of His people.

In Job He is our dayspring from on high, and our ever-living Redeemer.

In Psalms He is the Lord of all the earth, our Shepherd; He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and the wealth in every mine; He is the stone which the builders rejected, but which was to become the Chief Corner Stone; the One whose hands were to be pierced, whose garments would be divided, who would cry out ‘My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?’

Who is this fourth Man?

In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes He is our Wisdom

In Song of Songs He is our beloved Bridegroom

In Isaiah He is the coal from off the altar; our Immanuel (God with us); our suffering Servant; the Light to the nations; the Arm of Jehovah; the ever faithful Bridegroom; Our Rose blossoming in the wilderness; the Glory of Lebanon; the Encourager of the weak; the Giver of Joy and gladness; the Wings of the Eagle for those who wait on Him; He is the Prince of peace gushing forth rivers in the desert.

In Jeremiah He is the balm of Gilead, the Righteous Branch; and the promise of a New Covenant.

In Lamentations He is our Hope; and the weeping Prophet caring for His people.

In Ezekiel He is the Four Faced Living Being moving about by the Spirit of God; the Shepherd Who keeps watch over His people Israel; and the Prince to come.

In Daniel He is the fourth Man Who is with His children in the midst of the furnace; and the Angel with Daniel in the lion’s den, shutting the lions mouths; He is also the Son of Man being presented before the Ancient of Days, to Whom was given a kingdom, dominion and power to reign forever and ever.

In Hosea He is the ever faithful husband promising forgiveness to his unfaithful wife.

In Joel He is the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

In Amos He is the Burden bearer; the One Who raises the fallen booth of David.

In Obadiah He is the One Who is Mighty to save.

In Jonah He is the Lover of cities and nations

In Micah He is the Babe of Bethlehem; the Shepherd and Ruler of Israel; the Messenger with beautiful feet; the pardoner of iniquity; the Bearer of the good news of Truth and Unchanging love.

In Nahum He is the One who breaks our chains of bondage

In Habakkuk He is the Awesome One Whose radiance is like the sun, and Whose splendour covers the heavens.

In Zephaniah He is the Righteous One Who will do no injustice; the King of Israel in our midst as a Mighty Warrior

In Haggai He is the rebuilder of the walls of His glorious house.

In Zechariah He is the Lord our King; humble, and riding on a donkey’s foal; the Shepherd of Israel, for whom 30 pieces of silver was paid; Who opened up a fountain for David for the forgiveness of sins; Who said, “Not by Might, nor by power but by My Spirit.”; The One Who will be King over all the earth.

In Malachai He is the Sun of Righteousness rising with Healing in His wings

Who is this fourth Man?

In Matthew He is the Messiah

In Mark He is the Wonder-worker

In Luke He is the Son of Man

In John He is the Word made flesh, the Son of God

In Acts He is the One who sends His Holy Spirit

In Romans He is the Justifier

In Corinthians He is the One who gives the gifts of the Spirit

In Galatians He is the One who redeems us from the curse of sin and death

In Ephesians He is the Christ of unsearchable Riches

In Philippians He is Peace which surpasses all comprehension; the One who strengthens us to be able to do all things through Him, and the One who supplies our every need.

In Colossians He is the Head of the body

In 1,2Thessalonians He is our soon coming King

In 1,2Timothy He is the Mediator between God and Man

In Titus He is our faithful Shepherd

In Philemon He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother

In Hebrews He is our High Priest after the order of Malchizedek Who holds all things together by the power of His Word, offering His own blood to establish the New Covenant

In James He is our wisdom and our Great Physician

In 1,2Peter He is the Chief Shepherd who will soon appear with a crown of unfading glory

In 1,2,3 John He is LOVE

In Jude He is the Lord coming with ten thousands of His saints,

And in Revelation He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings

Who is this fourth man?

For Noah He was the Ark

For Abraham He was the Stranger come to visit him, promising him a son

For Jacob He was the ladder connecting heaven to earth – the Gate of heaven

For Joseph He was the giver of dreams, who also fulfilled them at the right time

For Moses He was the burning bush, and the staff that struck the sea and made it part.

For Joshua He was the Captain of the Host of the Lord

For Samson He was strength, stronger than a lion

For David He was a little round stone in his sling, destroying the giant; He was also the song in David’s heart

For Elijah He was the fire of God burning up the sacrifice, and the fiery chariot taking Elijah into heaven

For the widow He was the oil and meal which never ran out

For Naaman He was healing from leprosy

For Hezekiah He was the Angel, destroying 185 thousand of the enemy in one night

For Isaiah He was the coal of fire from the altar, and the voice calling, Whom may I send, and who will go for us?”

For Peter He was the hand that lifted him up to walk on water

For Paul He was the bright shining light and the voice saying, “Paul, Paul, why are you persecuting Me”

For the widow of Nain He was life for her son

Who is this fourth Man

He is light for the eyes of the blind 

He is strength for the legs of the lame

He is a Husband for the widow, and a Father for the orphan

He is the Water of life

The ever-living Rock of refuge

He is the Way and the Truth and the Life

He is our Saviour our Redeemer and Friend

He is our Strong Warrior in battle

He is the humble Servant who will not break a bruised reed.

He is the Potter, moulding our lives

He is our loving Bridegroom

He is the door for the sheep who lays down His life that we might have life and that more abundantly

He is the Light of the world, and the light of our lives

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End

He is the Resurrection and the Life

He is Jesus Christ Our Messiah, King of kings and Lord of lords

The One who ever lives to make intercession for us.

The One who walks with us through that valley of the shadow of death just like He did for those three young men in Daniel chapter three

He is the fourth Man!

Reflections from Pastor Henry Jackson