On the other hand, reading Daniel chapter three is magnificent fun!
I learned all about Babylonian musical instruments from circa 550 BC. "The horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music" is a phrase that is repeated a number of times in the chapter. When my father preached on Daniel 3, he had fun reading through that list each time^^ So now whenever I read over it, I can't help but chuckle to myself! "When you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music..." has a nice rhythm to it when you read it in the passage, though. Too bad the story is rather unpleasant!
Actually, the faith of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah is quite incredible. When I read it, I couldn't help but think, "How could the be so sure that God would/could deliver them from a fiery furnace?" Then, I remembered the burning bush... But even without that example, I should know better :p
Anyway, I am sure most of you are familiar with the story of the fiery furnace. However, did you realize that it was so hot that it burned/melted the guards ordered to throw the three men in? O.o; Mmmm yucky.
Also, did you know that the King of Babylon saw the Angel of God like the Son of God? How many people can claim that in the Bible, and of all those, how many gentiles?