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The Fiery Furnace

Statue, Jesus and fiery furnace

Theme:

The story of the three Hebrew young men who refused to worship king Nebuchadnezzar's statue.  Like them, we need to stand up for what's right and trust Jesus to help us.

Materials You Need:

Scissors.
Make copies of the three patterns from the links below:
Figure 1: Gold Statue, on shiny gold gift wrap glued onto thin cardboard.
Figure 2: Three Men and Furnace, on beige paper or cardboard.
Figure 3: Jesus and Flames, on pink paper glued to thin red cardboard.

Effect:

The story of the three Hebrew men where Cutting One, is the gold statue that king Nebuchadnezzar made and that they refused to bow down to.   Cutting Two, is the three men being brought before the king and is folded to show them in the furnace.  Cutting Three, shows the fiery flames and Jesus with them in the furnace.

Text:

Daniel 3:1-30.

 

Lesson:

(Fold Figure 1 along dotted line and start cutting out Gold Statue).  Long ago in the land of Babylon there lived a great king named Nebuchadnezzar.  He was very powerful and proud man.  One day, he decided to make a huge gold statue.  The goldsmiths worked for weeks pouring molten gold into moulds and hammering the statue into shape.   At last it was finished and what a job it was to raise it onto its pedestal base.

(Cut out the Statue, unfold it and display). &nbwp;It was enormous, as tall as a ten-storey building.  The king had made sure that everybody would see it from far away.  King Nebuchadnezzar was very proud of his statue and told all the people that it was their idol god.  They were to bow down and worship the statue whenever the horns, pipes, flutes, and other musical instruments played.  Anyone who did not bow down and worship the statue was to be thrown into a fiery furnace!

We do not worship statues and false gods do we?  We only worship our Living God!

Three Don't Bow Down:

(Fold along the vertical dotted line in Figure 2.  Cut along horizontal dotted line and concertina-fold the figures along the vertical dotted lines.  Start cutting out the three Hebrew men).  Now, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three young men from Israel who worshipped our true God.  They refused to worship the idol statue.  And so when the music played and everyone else bowed down to the gold statue, only the three men remained standing.

(Cut out the three men, unfold them and hold them up).  King Nebuchadnezzar was furious! &mnsp;"Bring those three men to me," he roared.  And so the three men were dragged before the king.  "Is it true that you refuse to worship my statue?" he demanded, "The music will play again and this time you'd better bow down!  Or else, if you don't, I'll have you thrown into a fiery furnace!"

If you had been there, I bet you would have started to shiver in your boots at about this point.  In those days the king was all powerful and could kill you for no reason at all, or if he just didn't like the look on your face!

We Refuse to Worship!

(Fold Furnace in Figure 2 along dotted line, cut out and display it).  Do you think those three men were brave?  Yes, they were.   They just carelessly answered the king and said, "King, you can throw us into the fiery furnace if you want to, for our God can save us!  But even if He doesn't, we will not worship your statue, or even bow down to it!"

The king started to huff and puff and got red in his face.  "Play the music," he roared.  So the music played, "Tra-la-la-la-di-da".  The king carefully watched the three men as everyone bowed down to the idol, that is everyone except Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego who just stood there smiling!

Heat Up That Furnace!

King Nebuchadnezzar blew his top and thundered, "Stop!  Stop!  Heat the furnace seven times hotter than normal!"  The soldiers rushed to do his orders.  They staggered from the wood pile with huge pieces of wood and stoked and stoked the furnace.  It began to roar and great flames poured out as they threw in great logs of wood.

(Fold Figure 3 along vertical line and cut out Flames and Jesus.  Fold Flames to cover Jesus and display the first the small Flames and then unfold to show large Flames and put these behind the Furnace).

The flames leaped high in the air.  "Tie up those men, and into the furnace with them!" screeched the king as he jumped up and down with rage.  The soldiers grabbed the three and swiftly bound them with ropes and then threw them into the flames.  But the flames were so hot that all the soldiers were killed instantly!

Four in the Furnace!

(Cut off the three Men and place them in front the Flames).  But what about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?  The ropes burnt off and they were free, but they weren't burnt at all!  The king could hardly believe his eyes.  He rubbed them hard.  "Didn't we throw three men into the fire?" he gasped, "Look, I see four men walking around in the fire, and the fourth one looks like the Son of God!"

Yes, Jesus was right there protecting Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!   (Fold the Flames to reveal Jesus and put the three Men in front of Jesus).  The astonished king called the men to come out of the fire.  They walked out praising God for they were not burnt at all, and in fact they did not even smell of smoke!

"Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego," the king shouted, "He sent an angel to rescue His servants.  Now listen - I am making a new law right now.  No one in my whole kingdom may say anything bad about the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, for no other god can save His servants like this."

Application:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood for what was right, even though they must have been scared.  But, God saw their faith and rewarded them openly, for the king made them rulers in the province of Babylon.  We need to stand up for what's right as well.  God will help us, just like He helped the three Hebrew men in our story.  Ask God to make you bold and proud that you are a Christian.

They totally trusted God to protect them from the wicked king, and Jesus will protect us too.  All we need to do is to ask Him, and then trust Him to answer our prayers.  Let's not forget to say "Thank You" and be grateful for our God who loves and cares for us much.

Be brave and stand up for what is right!

God bless.
 

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