2011 - Week 18: Shadrack, Meshach and Abednago

5.01.2011

What You'll Need: scriptures, GAK 116: Three Men in the Fiery Furnace, printed coloring activity, coloring tools, scissors, glue stick.

You can CLICK HERE to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing. If you download, please leave a comment here on what you like about this lesson.

Scripture: Exodus 20: 3-5 - Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them...

Opening Song: I Will Be Valiant (PCS #162)

Lesson:

Once there was a King named King Nebuchadnezzar. He made a large golden statue and made a law that when the special music played, everyone had to fall down and worship the golden statue. Anyone who didn’t do this would be thrown into a fiery furnace.

The music sounded, and the people fell down to worship the statue. But among the group were three Jewish men—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego—who would not worship the idol. They believed in Heavenly Father and knew that worshiping idols was wrong. Someone reported this to the king.

King Nebuchadnezzar was angry and commanded that the three men be brought to him. He asked them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?”. Then he said he would give them one more chance. The music would play again, and if the three men fell down to worship the statue, all would be well. But if they still refused, they would immediately be thrown into a burning fiery furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego told the king that they knew their God could deliver them from the furnace if He chose to. But even if He did not deliver them, they would never worship false gods or this golden statue.

This made King Nebuchadnezzar even more mad. He ordered that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than usual; then he commanded his mightiest soldiers to tie up the three men and throw them into the fiery furnace. The soldiers did as the king asked, and the fire was so hot that it killed them as they threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego into the flames.

(show GAK 116: Three Men in the Fiery Furnace)


Suddenly the king, who had been watching, jumped up and asked, “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?  Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God”.

King Nebuchadnezzar then came near the opening of the furnace. He called, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth,” and the three walked out of the fire. The other rulers had gathered around and could see that not one hair on the three men’s heads had been burned. They didn’t even smell of fire.

When the king saw this, he praised the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego for delivering them from the furnace. He sent a decree throughout the land that no one was to speak against their God, and he promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego to higher positions in Babylon.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were brave and stayed true to what they knew was right and Heavenly Father protected them from being hurt.  We can be brave like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego and stand for what is right. Heavenly Father can not always protect us from any harm, but He does promise that when we do what is right we can have His spirit to be with us.

Bear your testimony about standing up for what is right and the spiritual blessings that follow.  Share an example from your own life if you have one.

(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the MAY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.

Activity: Fiery Furnace Coloring Activity

- CLICK HERE to print an activity for each child.
- Have children color furnace and flames on main page
- Have children color Shadrack, Meeshak, Abednago and Angel and extra row of flames. Cut out.
- Adhere row of flames onto main page by using a glue stick along bottom edge and sides.
- Have children place Shadrack, Meeshak, Abednago and Angel into the flames of the furnace and then take them out as they retell the story.



4 Way Righteous Comments:

tmiller said...

Thank you for all the time you put into this! It is making it so much easier to have FHE and actually teach our kids the gosple! I will share your site with everyone! Thanks!

Erickson Family said...

I am so excited for this lesson tonight

Kallie Tolley said...

This is a wonderful lesson and we are using it for a talk in primary so thank you for all your hard work :)

L Broadwater said...

Thank you for preparing and sharing these FHE's. You and your work are making a big difference in my life, THANK YOU!

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