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In today’s Christain Religious Studies class, We will be learning about the Three Hebrew Boys that Escaped Death for Obeying God. We hope you enjoy the class!
THE THREE HEBREWS BOYS (Daniel 3)
Daniel and his three friends were in Babylon as captives however they got selected among the people to be trained to work in the royal palace. After the news interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he gained prominence and recommended that his three friends be promoted as governors in Babylon.
The three Hebrews boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego faced a challenge in the course of their work this was a direct attack on their faith in Yahweh the God of Israel. King Nebuchadnezzar built a gold statue, ninety feet high and nine feet thick. He set it up on the Dura plain in the province of Babylon. He then ordered all the important leaders in the province, everybody who was anybody, to the dedication ceremony of the statue. The dedication ceremony was graced by many influential individuals. A messenger proclaimed, herald then proclaimed in a loud voice: “Attention, everyone! Every race, colour, and creed, listen! When you hear the band strike up—all the trumpets and trombones, the tubas and baritones, the drums and cymbals—fall to your knees and worship the gold statue that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Anyone who does not kneel and worship shall be thrown immediately into a roaring furnace.”
As soon as the instruments were played, everybody bowed in worship of the image except the three Hebrew boys. Then, some Babylonian fortunetellers accused the three Hebrew boys before the king. The king was very furious
He ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be brought in. When the men were brought in, Nebuchadnezzar asked, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you don’t respect my gods and refuse to worship the gold statue that I have set up? King Nebuchadnezzar gave them a second chance but the three Hebrew boys refused to bow to the Golden image.
The punishment for their sin was to be thrown into the fiery furnace that had been prepared as a consequence for not going to the golden image.
He ordered the furnace fired up seven times hotter than usual. He ordered some strong men from the army to tie them up, hands and feet, and throw them into the roaring furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, bound hand and foot, fully dressed from head to toe, were pitched into the roaring fire. Because the king was in such a hurry and the furnace was so hot, flames from the furnace killed the men who carried Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to it, while the fire raged around Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Miraculously, Nebuchadnezzer looked and exclaimed. “I see four men, walking around freely in the fire, completely unharmed! And the fourth man looks like a son of the gods!”
He called on the Hebrews boys to come out of the fire and they did. Then, all the important people, the government leaders and king’s counsellors gathered around to examine them and discovered that the fire hadn’t so much as touched the three men—not a hair singed, not a scorch mark on their clothes, not even the smell of fire on them!
“Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed, be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered the servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.  Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.” Daniel 3:28-29
This led to the promotion of the three Hebrew boys.
- What were the names of the three Hebrew boys?
- Discuss the circumstance that led to the promotion of the three Hebrew boys.
Discuss how was the worship of King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image an abomination to the three Hebrew boys?
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