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The Fiery Furnace

Application:

We need to ask Jesus to help us to be brave and always do the right things.

Bible Text:

Daniel 3:1-30.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.

 

 
Jesus in the fiery furnace

The Great Statue:

Long ago in the land of Babylon there lived a great king named Nebuchadnezzar.  He was a very powerful king so 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 up onto its base.

It was enormous and as tall as a ten-storey building!  How tall is that?  (Let the children respond).  The king had made it so tall so that everybody could see it from far away.  It shone in the sun and He was very proud of his statue and told all the people that it was their god.  King Nebuchadnezzar then made a law that everybody was to bow down and worship the statue whenever the horns, pipes, flutes, and other musical instruments played.

Would you have bowed down?  (Let the children respond).  Well, anyone who didn't bow down and worship the statue was to be thrown into a fiery furnace!  Wow!  That's very scary isn't it? (Let the children respond).  But, we don't worship statues do we?  (Let the children respond).  No, we only worship our loving God!

Three Don't Bow!

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were three men from Israel who worshipped our true God.  They refused to worship the statue when the music played.  Let's do it together: "Tra-la-la-la-di-da"  (Let the children respond).  Everyone bowed down to the gold statue, and only the three young men remained standing!

King Nebuchadnezzar was furious and roared, "Bring those three men to me!"  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 had better bow down, or else I'll have you thrown into a fiery furnace!"

We Won't Worship!

Do you think those three men were brave?  (Let the children respond).  Yes, they were.  And, what do you think they did? (Let the children respond).  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 won't worship your statue, and we won't bow down to it!"

If you had been there, you would have started to shiver in your shoes at this point, don't you think so?  (Let the children respond).  The king got red in his face, and started to huff and puff as he bellowed, "Play that music!"  The musicians blew extra loudly on their instruments and played the music again.  Let's do it together: "Tra-la-la-la-di-da"  (Let the children respond).

The king carefully watched the three men as everyone bowed down to the idol.  Everyone that is, except Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!  They just stood there smiling!

Heat the Furnace!

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

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 threw them into the flames.  But the flames were so hot that all those soldiers were killed instantly!

Four in the Furnace!

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

Yes, Jesus was right there protecting Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego!   The astonished king called, "Come out of the fire!"  The three walked out praising God for they were not burnt at all, and in fact they did not even smell of smoke!  Let's pretend we are in the furnace, and throw off the burnt ropes, and walk around in the flames  (Let the children respond).

God's Reward:

The king was astonished and shouted, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  He sent an angel to rescue His servants!  The king turned to his officials, "Now listen, I am making a new law and no one in my whole kingdom is to say anything bad about the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, for no other god can save His servants like this!"

God saw the faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and rewarded them openly, for the king was so pleased with them and their bravery, that he made them all rulers in the province of Babylon.

Trusting God:

We need to always do what's right and God will help us, just like He helped the three Israel men in our story.  They trusted God to protect them from the wicked king, and Jesus will protect us too.

Ask Jesus to help you to be brave and always do the right things.  Trust God to answer your prayers and don't forget to be grateful and say "Thank You", because our God loves and cares for us all of the time.

God bless!

 

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