Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Sunday School Lesson - Brave for God

Use this Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Sunday School lesson to teach children about the need to be brave and do the right thing.


Needed: Bibles

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Can anyone think of some things that you’re afraid of?

What would you do if someone told you that you were going to get in trouble if you kept believing in God? Would you keep believing in God anyway, or would you stop believing in God so that you wouldn’t get in trouble?

What would you do if someone told you that they were going to kill you if you kept believing in God? Would you keep believing in God anyway, or would you stop believing in God so that you wouldn’t get killed?

The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshipped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.

But even in Assyria and Babylon, some of the Israelites still loved God and did all the right things that He wanted them to do. Three of those men were named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and today, we’re going to read about the scary thing that happened to them.

(Read Daniel 3:1-5 with your students.)

What did King Nebuchadnezzar say people had to do when they heard the music? (Bow down and worship his gold statue.)

Are we allowed to worship anyone or anything other than God? (No.)

God’s number one rule is that we can only believe in and worship Him, not fake gods or statues or anything like that.

(Read Daniel 3:6 with your students.)

What would happen to people if they didn’t worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue? (They would be thrown into a furnace and burned up.)

(Read Daniel 3:7-15 with your students.)

Do you think Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego should listen to King Nebuchadnezzar and worship his gold statue, or should they listen to God and not worship the gold statue? (They should listen to God.)

But if they don’t listen to King Nebuchadnezzar and worship his statue, they’ll be thrown into the furnace and burned up. Do you think God can save them from being burned up?

(Read Daniel 3:16-18 with your students.)

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were pretty brave, weren’t they? They said that whether God saved them from the furnace or not, they still wouldn’t break God’s rules and worship the gold statue. They wanted to do the right thing that God wanted them to do, no matter what.

(Read Daniel 3:19-25 with your students.)

King Nebuchadnezzar saw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walking around in the fiery furnace, but he also saw a fourth man in the fiery furnace with them. Who do you think that fourth man was? (God, Jesus, or an angel.)

God was in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, protecting them. Did you know that God can protect us too when scary things happen to us?

God is always with us, even if we can’t see Him, and He can protect us from anything.

(Read Daniel 3:26-30 with your students.)

Everything worked out for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego because they were brave and did the right thing that God wanted them to do. So remember, if you will be brave and always do the right things that God wants you to do, then God will be with you too, and God will be happy with you.

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