08 Live Boldly for God

UNIT #: 
II
Lesson Theme: 
Standing up for faith.
Aim: 

To open up our hearts to God and his laws in obedience and see what God can do for us when we are faithful.

 

Bible Passage: 

Daniel 3:1-30

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Golden Image

King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue whose height was sixty cubits and whose width was six cubits; he set it up on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent for the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, to assemble and come to the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. So the satraps, the prefects, and the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, assembled for the dedication of the statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up. When they were standing before the statue that Nebuchadnezzar had set up, the herald proclaimed aloud, “You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, you are to fall down and worship the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.” Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, all the peoples, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Accordingly, at this time certain Chaldeans came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 10 You, O king, have made a decree, that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble, shall fall down and worship the golden statue, 11 and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire. 12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These pay no heed to you, O king. They do not serve your gods and they do not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?”

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. 17 If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”

The Fiery Furnace

19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was so filled with rage against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that his face was distorted. He ordered the furnace heated up seven times more than was customary, 20 and ordered some of the strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire. 21 So the men were bound, still wearing their tunics, their trousers, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the furnace of blazing fire. 22 Because the king’s command was urgent and the furnace was so overheated, the raging flames killed the men who lifted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. 23 But the three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down, bound, into the furnace of blazing fire.

24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up quickly. He said to his counselors, “Was it not three men that we threw bound into the fire?” They answered the king, “True, O king.” 25 He replied, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the middle of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the fourth has the appearance of a god.” 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire and said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. 27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed, their tunics were not harmed, and not even the smell of fire came from them. 28 Nebuchadnezzar said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants who trusted in him. They disobeyed the king’s command and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that utters blasphemy against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.” 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Scripture is God's words, which were given for us to guide us in our daily life.  The Book of Daniel is a prophetic book and at the same time it shows us how we should live in the present, through the life of Daniel and his young friends.  Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ called Daniel "the prophet" in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14, this means that Jesus had read the book of Daniel and knew about the life and ministry of Daniel. 

Jerusalem fell into the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and his army and he ordered that young able men from Judah be taken captive and brought to his court in Babylon and be trained for service to him.  The court officer who was in charge of the captives was Ashpenaz. Among the captives were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.  Ashpenaz gave them Babylonian names;  Daniel became Belteshazzar, Hananiah became Shadrach, Mishael became Meshach and Azariah became Abednego.  

These young men were under great pressure to eat the Kings sumptuous food allotted to them, but they refused and ate nothing more than vegetables and water, however they proved stronger and wiser than anyone else in the training program.  

Daniel was the wisest of all the Kings advisors and Nebuchadnezzar was so impressed by Daniel's wisdom and his  God given capabilities when Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Daniel was elevated to the position of the governor of Babylon and leader for all Kings advisors.  At Daniels request the King made Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon.  

In the first two chapters of Daniel we see how these young men did not confirm to the people around them as to their customs and beliefs, but held on to their own faith and beliefs and depended on the God of Israel for their sustenance. In the third chapter their faith in their God is again literarily tested by fire and they were so sure about their faith and their God, they gladly went into fire and their God came down and saved them to the surprise of the King and their accusers.  

The surprising presence of the Angel of God in the fire along with the young men reminds us that we are not alone in our circumstances, God and his angels are always with us and this resonates with the promise Jesus gave in Matthew 28:20, ..."Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age". 

 

 

 

 

  

Main Ideas: 

Scripture is God's words, which were given for us to guide us in our daily life.  The Book of Daniel is a prophetic book and at the same time it shows us how we should live in the present, through the life of Daniel and his young friends. 

Back Ground of the event.

Jerusalem fell into the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and his army and he ordered that young and able men from Judah be taken captive and brought to his court in Babylon and be trained for service to him.  The court officer who was in charge of the captives was Ashpenaz.  Among the captives were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.  Ashpenaz gave them Babylonian names:

Daniel became Belteshazzar

Hananiah became Shadrach

​Mishael became Meshach

Azariah became Abednego

These young men were taken away from their family and friends by force and they had no choice other than to go along and obey what they were told to do if they wanted to live; meaning they did not have any control over their  circumstances, they have to make decisions on their own.  

What would you do?

Think about the situation for a moment.  Away from your parents and loved ones, on your own, sad, scared, don't know what is next.  What will you do?  - Don't get scared, these young friends are going to show you how they dealt with the situation and overcame it with faith in their God and won.  You can do it too.  Remember the promise Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:20, ..."Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age". 

Introduction to the event.

In the book of Daniel, 1st chapter we see how these young men decided to deal with their situation.  Before captivity these young men were brought up in families which depended on God for everything and followed the commandments strictly, which included daily prayer times, selecting and eating food according to what they were taught by their parents and their faith. They followed the same pattern at Nebuchadnezzar's palace.  They were offered and ordered to eat rich and sumptuous food and drinks from the kings table, they refused and ate and drank only vegetables and water.  They held on to their faith and practices and depended on the God of Israel for their sustenance and proved stronger and wiser than anyone else.

The event.

In todays lesson, the faith of the three young men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in their God is again literarily tested by fire.

King Nebuchadnezzar erected a gold statue in the plain of Dura in Babylon which was 90 feet high and 9 feet wide.  The King then issued orders to all leaders and officers in his kingdom to come to the dedication of the golden statue.  The leaders and officers came and stood in friend of the golden statue.  The man who make announcements then announced in a loud voice that when they hear the sound of musical instruments, they should fall down and worship the gold statue, if anybody who does not fall down and worship the statue will be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire.  The musical instruments sounded and all the leaders and officers of the kingdom fell down and worshiped the statue except Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  The Babylonians reported this to King Nebuchadnezzar and he became so angry. 

King Nebuchadnezzar ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be brought to him and he asked them, is it true that you did not worship the gold statue? I am going to give you a second chance, when the musical instruments sound you should fall down and worship the statue or else you will be thrown in to the blazing furnace and no god can save you.  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego answered O' Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves to you.  You can throw us into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from the furnace and your power and even if he does not save us, we will not worship your gods or worship the golden statue.

King Nebuchadnezzar became so angry and furious, he ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter and commanded his strongest soldiers to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and to throw them into the fire.  The solider's tied Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and went and threw them into the blazing furnace and they fell into the fire and the fire was so hot and fierce the fire killed the solider's who went to carry out the order.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego fell into the fire and then King Nebuchadnezzar saw to his surprise, untied Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego getting up and walking in the fire along with a fourth man who looked like a god.  King and his officers couldn't believe what they were seeing.  King went to the opening of the blazing furnace and called out to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to come out of the fire  and they came out of the fire and the King and his officers were surprised and astonished to see that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not harmed in anyway and even their clothes were not burned and they didn't even smell of smoke. 

King Nebuchadnezzar then praised the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who sent his angel to save His servants who trusted in Him and refused to obey the command to worship and serve other god's including the golden statue and were ready to die for their faith.  King Nebuchadnezzar then issued a proclamation that people of any nation or language should not say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and if any one does that, they will be torn apart and their house will be turned to ruins.  No other God can save His people like this.  The King then promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to even higher positions than they were before in Babylon.  

Our young friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were just following the the first commandment God gave to Moses and the people of Israel and the blessings which followed those who obeyed it, in Exodus 20:3-6 - "You shall not have no other gods before me.........but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments".

 

 

 

 

Activities: 

Learn  by heart Exodus Chapter 20: 3-6.

Activities2: 
Lesson Review: 

1. Who captured Jerusalem and took captives from Judah? Answer: King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.

2. What were the Hebrew names of BelteshazzarShadrachMeshach and Abednego? Answer: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.

3. King Nebuchadnezzar erected the golden statue in ........... a province of Babylon. (a. Nineveh b. Joppa c. Edom d. Dura  Answer: D. Dura.

4. What kind of food and drinks did Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah took to survive in the Palace of Nebuchadnezzar? (a. Bread, meat and wine b. Any food the palace cooks gave them c. Vegetables and water d. Pasta, vegetables and soft drinks. Answer: d. Vegetables and water. 

5. Why did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not fall down and worship the golden statue? Answer: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were following the first commandment God gave to Moses and to the Israelites, that they should not worship any other god than the God  of Israel. 

6. How did God save Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fire?

Answer: God send his Angel to be with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fire and they were not harmed in anyway by the fire.

7. By the faithfulness of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to the God of Israel, what did they teach King Nebuchadnezzar and his countrymen?

Answer: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego taught King Nebuchadnezzar and his countrymen that the God of Israel is the true God and the God who saves His faithful. 

 

Values for Life: 

Be faithful to God and His laws.

Life Response/My Decision: 

I will learn and obey God's laws and will practice it in my daily life.  

Memory Verse: 

Daniel 3:17

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

17 If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Lord thank you for giving us the opportunity to learn about your faithfulness to those who obey your commandments.  Through Jesus Christ you taught us that we are your sons and daughters and we can come to you any time.  You are the God who saves us, teach us your truths and show us the right path and help us to follow it.  Help us to abide in you every day.  In Jesus precious name we pray. Amen.

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Main Ideas: 

Scripture is God's words, which were given for us to guide us in our daily life.  The Book of Daniel is a prophetic book and at the same time it shows us how we should live in the present, through the life of Daniel and his young friends. 

Back Ground of the event.

Jerusalem fell into the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and his army and he ordered that young and able men from Judah be taken captive and brought to his court in Babylon and be trained for service to him.  The court officer who was in charge of the captives was Ashpenaz.  Among the captives were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.  Ashpenaz gave them Babylonian names:

Daniel became Belteshazzar

Hananiah became Shadrach

​Mishael became Meshach

Azariah became Abednego

These young men were taken away from their family and friends by force and they had no choice other than to go along and obey what they were told to do if they wanted to live; meaning they did not have any control over their  circumstances, they have to make decisions on their own.