Book 6 of The Old Testament Stories for Children Series
The three holy youths are beloved examples of faithfulness unto death. Yet their story contains deeper meaning than this. The Fathers generally understood the "Angel of God" to be Christ Himself. (Angel means messenger, and Christ is the very WORD of God.) Thus, the firey furnace is an image of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary), who contained the fire of the Godhead inside her and yet was unharmed. Also, this passage prefigures Christ's Passion and Resurrection - He descends into the flames of Hades with us, preserves us unharmed, and leads us out into Eternal Life. So, we read this passage on Great and Holy Saturday, as we await Christ's Resurrection and our own in Him.
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