Mercy Me’s “Even If”

Fiery_furnace_01Image credit see below.

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Even If comes from their latest album Lifer. 

The lyric “I know you can save through the fire” reminds me of Daniel’s friends Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego in Daniel 3:16-18 who say, “if we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand…but even if He does not…we want you to know…we will not serve your gods”.  Bart Millard, lead singer, refers to this event in an interview called “Heart Behind Even If” found on their website here:  http://mercyme.org/#music.

God does save them through the fire. In Daniel 3:24 and following we read that King Nebuchadnezzar himself saw a fourth person in the fire who “looks like the son of a god”.  When they came out of the fire they, their hair and clothing were not singed nor did they even smell of smoke!  The Bible is full of stories like this & stories where people lost this life but gained the next.

(Updated April 25, 2017) Below is a side by side comparison of Mercy Me’s Even If lyrics and corresponding (NIV) Bible verses.

Lyric Bible verse
sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord…in all this Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing Job 1:21-22
held to the flame Dear friends do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

 

1 Peter 4:12

James 1:2-4

 

 

right now I’m losing bad Job lost all his children, flocks, herds, and 3 servants

some conquered kingdoms…some were destitute

Job 1

Hebrews 11:33-37

 

reminding the broken it will be alright to God:  record my lament; list my tears on your scroll are they not in Your record

who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Psalm 56:8

Psalm 103:3

Revelation 21:4

I know you’re able and I know you can save through the fire with your mighty hand see the paragraph on Daniel above
it only takes a little faith to move a mountain “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.”

“if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Matthew 17:20

Luke 17:6

it is well with my soul God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3

Image credit:  http://people.hofstra.edu/faculty/martha_hollander/GalleryPictures/Etruscan.html.  Retrieved from:  Wikimedia Commons.

Note that the fourth figure is missing from the image above.  Many Christians adhere to the Bible verse admonishing no depiction of God as an image, Leviticus 26:1.

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