This week, kids at Antioch will continue to learn about Daniel and his friends. Last week we learned that King Nebuchadnezzar invaded the nation of Judah and took them into exile in the land of Babylon. Daniel and three of his friends were part of the exile and chose to obey God in this new land.
It is while they were still in exile that this next story takes place. As you might imagine, the king felt as if he was on top of the world. He had experienced victory after victory, his riches were unfathomable, and he was feared throughout the land. With this highly inflated ego, he built a tall gold statue and issued a new law: “When you hear music, you are to fall down and worship the statue.” The penalty for defying this law was severe. “Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire” (Dan. 3:6).
When music played, all the people bowed down and worshiped the gold statue. Well, almost everyone. Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, refused to bow down and worship the statue. They would only worship the one true God. They knew that only He was worthy of their worship.
Some locals told on Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. But not even the threat of death could convince the three friends to renounce their loyalty to God. The friends’ trust in God enabled them to stand firm no matter what—even as they were tied up and thrown into the fire.
Then something miraculous happened. King Nebuchadnezzar saw four men in the fire! They were walking around, unharmed! The Lord not only rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, He was with them. God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire. Only He could rescue them.
As you review this story, help you child understand that:
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego loved God.
- When given an option, they chose to worship God.
- God kept the friends safe from the fire.
- God wants us to only worship Him.
- God helps us obey Him.