Lesson 82: Daniel's Three Friends
There was a king over the land of Babylon who was very great and very wealthy and his name was King Nebuchadnezzar. This king made a great image of gold and told all the peole in the kingdom they must bow down and worship this image. All the people obeyed the king except Daniel and his three friends. They were Jews and they knew that they should not bow down or worship anything or anyone except the True God in Heaven. When the king's servants saw that these three men would not worship the image, they told the king. The king called for the men and asked them why they would not bow to his image. The three men told the king they would only bow and serve the God in Heaven (Daniel 3:16-18). So the king became very angry and told the men that they must be thrown into a burning fiery furnace. The three men told the king that they were not afraid. They said, if God wanted to save them from the fire, He could.
The servants of the king tied the three men up and they were thrown into a great big burning furnace. The furnace was so hot that it would have burnt them up right away, but God was with Daniel's three friends and sent His angel to protect them. When the king looked into the furnace, he saw four men walking in the fire. The king was so surprised because he knew they had only put three men in. The king called to Daniel's friends and told them to come out. The king knew that their God had saved them. The king told the men he realized now that their God was the only God. Then the king made a command that none of his people should ever speak evil or wrong of the God in Heaven.
- Who wouldn't bow down to the king's image?
- What did the king do to these men?
- How many men did the king see in the furnace?
- What command did the king make in the end?