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
). 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
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.
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