Last week, we learned about how Daniel and his friends trusted in God, even in hard times. This week, we get to see another example of obedience and trust in God in the scariest of times. Even when the king had made a law that required people to worship him or be punished, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood firm in their trust in God. God never left the three friends – He was with them like He is with us! Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him.” – Daniel 2:20
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: How can we obey God? We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Daniel 3. This story can be found on page 142 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon. One day, Nebuchadnezzar made a tall statue of gold. His herald made an important announcement: “When you hear the sound of music, you must fall down and worship this statue. Anyone who does not obey this rule will be thrown into a fiery furnace!”
The rule was for everyone in Babylon. So when the people heard the sound of music, they fell down and worshiped the gold statue. But not everyone bowed down and worshiped the statue. Three men from Judah – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
King Nebuchadnezzar called for the men and asked them, “Is it true that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold statue? If you do not bow down when you hear the music, I will throw you into a fiery furnace!”
The three friends answered, “King, the God we serve is able to rescue us from the fiery furnace. He can save us from you. But even if God chooses not to rescue us, we will not serve your gods. And we will not bow down and worship the gold statue.”
King Nebuchadnezzar told the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The soldiers threw them into the fiery furnace.
Suddenly, King Nebuchadnezzar jumped up. “Didn’t we tie up three men and throw them into the fire? Look!” the king shouted. “I see four men walking around in the fire. They aren’t tied up, and the fourth man looks like sons of the gods!”
Nebuchadnezzar called out, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – servants of the Most High God! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out of the fire. They had not been hurt by the fire at all!
Nebuchadnezzar praised God. “The God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego sent an angel and rescued His servants!”
King Nebuchadnezzar made a new law for all the people. “Anyone who says anything against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s God will be punished! No other god can save people like this!”
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What did the king make? (a tall, gold statue)
- What were the people to do when they heard music? (fall to their knees and worship the statue)
- Who did not worship the statue? (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)
- How many men did the king see when he looked in the fire? (four)
- What new rule did the king make? (anyone who said anything bad about God would be punished)
- What command did the king give to everyone? (at the sound of the music, people were supposed to fall down and worship the golden statue)
- What was the penalty for people who did not follow the king’s rule? (they would be thrown into the fiery furnace)
- How many people did the king see in the furnace? (three: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)
- How many people did the king see in the furnace? (four)
- Who was able to save Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace? (the one true God, the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego)
- How can we obey God? (We trust God to give us strength to obey Him)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God saved Daniel’s friends from a fire. Jesus came to save us in an even better way. Jesus died so we wouldn’t be punished for our sin. He was punished instead. When we know and love Jesus, Jesus saves us so we can be with God forever.
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.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray this prayer: God, thank You for always being with us. Help us to obey You, even when it is hard or scary. Thank You for sending Jesus to die and rise again so that we can be with You forever. Amen.