Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
“I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them.” Ezekiel 11:19
Nebuchadnezzar 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).
So when music played, all the people bowed down and worshiped the gold statue. Well, almost everyone. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down and worship the statue. They loved and worshiped the one true God. Only He was worthy of their worship.
The Book of Daniel says that the Chaldeans—a group of astrologers and dream interpreters (see Dan. 2:2,4)—took this opportunity to go to the king and tell 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. 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. God rescues us too, through His Son, Jesus. Only Jesus can save us from our sin. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provided the way for us to be rescued from sin and have eternal life.
Help your kids see that God was good and loving to rescue Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, but He was also good and loving not to rescue Jesus. On the cross, people mocked Jesus: “He saved others; He cannot save Himself!” (Mark 15:31). Jesus was not physically unable to save Himself. He chose to do His Father’s will, and His love for sinners kept Him there. Jesus chose not to save Himself so that He could save others.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
KEY PASSAGE: Daniel 2:20
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- How can we obey God? We trust God to help us obey Him.
BIBLE STORY: SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO
- A new rule said everyone must worship a gold statue when they heard music.
- Daniel’s friends would not worship the statue and were thrown into a very hot fire.
- God was with Daniel’s friends in the fire.
- The king made a new rule that no one could say anything bad about God.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What would you have done if you were Shadrach, Meshach, or Abednego?
- Why is it more important to obey God than people?
- Who was the fourth person in the fire?
- Pray for national leaders.
- Pick up drinks from a fast food restaurant and deliver them to a local fire station.
Anticipating the Coming King Isaiah 11:1-10