Sunday School Lesson 423 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and the Fiery Furnace

Lesson: 423 Lesson Name: In the Furnace
Theme: God's Power and Greatness

Reading: Daniel 3:1-30

Memory Verse: Daniel 3:17
Memory Verse Text: Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us.

Attention Getter: Ever think that you were pretty good. Even great or better? Smarter? Careful!

Prov 16:18 says,

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Point 1: Nebuchadnezzar has had his dream interpreted about the great image. He may have understand that his kingdom would some day pass away and now perhaps tries to make himself (the image may have been made to resemble him) and his glory extend in a greater way.
Point 2: He builds an image of pure gold. 90 feet high. His vast kingdom is called upon to worship the image.
Point 3: It seems that Daniel may have been occuppied in some other part of the kingdom at this time and Daniel's 3 friends do not have his physical support in this hour of testing. Note however, that they very likely had his earnest prayer support as he was known to pray at least 3X daily. God allows us to see that their personal convictions were just as genuine as Daniel's.
Point 4: They would not bow. They are reported. They are threatened. They stand firm and confident. V16-18 The fury of the king is obvious but he is proved helpless against the preserving power of God. After learning his lesson, his decree acknowledges that there is no other God of this sort. They are promoted to higher honour. But a greater honour will be theirs in a coming day.

Notes: It might be a very good thing to acquaint yourself with the true vastness of his world dominion that spread so far.

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