Shadrach Helton, Sr.
Mary (Brock) Helton
~a Biblical name from the~
Book of Daniel, Chapter 1
"The Living Bible - Paraphrased"
by Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois 60187
~The Story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego~
Three years after King Jehoiakim began to rule in Judah, Babylon's King
Nebuchadnezzar attacked Jerusalem with his armies, and the Lord gave him
victory over Jehoiakim. When he returned to Babylon, he took along some
of the sacred cups from the Temple of God, and placed them in the treasury
of his god in the land of Shinar. Then he ordered Ashpenaz, who was in
charge of his palace personnel, to select some of the Jewish youths brought
back as captives - young men of the royal family and nobility of Judah - and
to teach them the Chaldean language and literature. "Pick strong, healthy,
good-looking lads," he said; "those who have read widely in many fields,
are well informed, alert and sensible, and have enough poise to look good
around the palace." The kind assigned them the best of food and wine from
his own kitchen during their three-year training period, planning to make
them his counselors when they graduated. Daniel, Hananiah, Misha-el, and
Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah.
However, their superintendent gave them Babylonian names, as follows:
Daniel was called Belteshazzar;
Hananiah was called Shadrach;
Misha-el was called Abednego.
When the three-year training period was completed, . . .
. . . King Nebuchadnezzar had long talks with each of them, . . .
. . .they were put on his regular staff of advisors . . .
and in all matters requiring information and balanced judgement, the king
found these young men's advice ten times better than that of all the
skilled magicians and wise astrologers in his realm.
golden statue that he'd had built, or they would be thrown into a flaming
furnace. The king learned that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had refused
to do so, and he had them brought before him. He gave them one more chance
to fall down and worship the statue, telling them, ". . . if you refuse,
you will be thrown into a flaming furnace within the hour. And what god can
deliver you out of my hands then?" Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied,
"O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not worried about what will happen to us. If we
are thrown into the flaming furnace, our God is able to deliver us . . ."
The king commanded that the furnace be heated up seven times hotter than
usual, and that the three men be bound tight with ropes and then thrown
into the fire, fully clothed. The fire was so hot in the furnace that the
flames leaped out and killed the soldiers as they threw the three men in.
The three men fell down bound into the flames.
Soon, Nebuchadnezzar shouted, "Look! I see four men, unbound, walking
around in the fire, and they aren't even hurt by the flames!" Then he came
as close as he could to the open door of the flaming furnace and yelled for
them to come out. They stepped out of the fire totally untouched by it. The
king then said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
for He sent His angel to deliver His trusting servants when they defied the
king's commandment, and were willing to die rather than serve or worship any
god except their own . . . no other God can do what this one does." Then the
king gave promotions to the three, so that they prospered greatly . . .
were provided to us by Tesitha's gg-granddaughter,
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Ephraim &Julia(Blanton) Helton
James &Lucy(Osborne) Helton
John &Barbara(Shephard) Helton
is a half-brother to
Jesse's grandfather, James.
Shadrach is the son of John Helton
by John's 1st wife (name unknown);
James is the son of John Helton
by John's 2nd wife,
of the overall
Cobb-Sasser Family Lineage Website
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