The Fiery Furnace by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and how God rescued them from a fiery furnace when they refused to worship King Nebuchadnezzar's idol.
1. Obey God.
2. God never forsakes us, especially when we are being persecuted.
3. God rescues us from fire, just like he rescued the men in this story.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Old Testament Books
Three Young Men Lived Very Long Ago
This Little Light of Mine
I'm in the Lord's Army
Above All Else
Stand Up and Shout It
You're the One
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. King Nebuchadnezzar ordered the people to bow down and worship a gold statue. Display a number of items, one at a time, and compare it to God. Guide the children in considering how “things” are inanimate, can’t help us, can’t hear, man-made, etc. We can only pray to and worship the true God. Choose items that are age appropriate and common to the children. For example display toys for younger children but for older children you might display a phone, video game, sports equipment, etc. (Idea from MissionBibleClass.org)
2. Musical Statues: Tell the children to move around (hop, skip, dance, act like a chicken, etc.), but when the music stops, they must freeze and not move. Introduce the idea of a statue/idol to the children how the king ordered everyone to worship the idol when the music played. Should we worship an idol? What commandment tells us that we should not worship the idol?
3. Review the 10 Commandments. Remind the children that the men who we are learning about today were taught the 10 Commandments as young boys and it was the law they had to follow, even when they were in this strange new land.
READ Daniel 3 or tell the story of The Fiery Furnace
1. What did King Nebuchadnezzar build?
2. What was the king's law?
3. What law did the Jewish boys follow?
4. Why did they not bow down to the idol?
5. How did the king punish them?
6. How many men could they see in the furnace?
7. What happened when the men came out of the furnace?
Connect the story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's overall story of God.
Mini Fiery Furnace: Draw four figures on a clay pot or jar and place a small candle inside to form a furnace.
Situations: Act out situations where a child might be the only one who obeys God (Example: All your friends want to watch a bad video with lots of swearing).