In part 1, we took a look at the city of Babylon and what Daniel faced when he was taken there as a teenager. In part 2, we will see how great God is and how He can rescue His children from life-threatening situations.
'In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep” (2:1). The king could not remember what he had dreamed, so he called in his astrologers and ordered them to tell him what he had dreamed and what his dream meant. When they were unable to do so, the king became 'so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon” (v. 12). Men were also sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death!
God gave Daniel wisdom. Daniel went to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him (v. 16). Then Daniel returned to his friends and together they prayed to God. During the night God revealed the mystery to Daniel in a vision (v. 19).
God enabled Daniel to tell the king what the king's dream had been and to interpret it for him (vv. 24-45). After hearing the interpretation, the king bowed down before Daniel and honored him. He said to Daniel, ''Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery'” (v. 47). The king placed Daniel in a high position and gave him many gifts. He also elevated Daniel's friends to high positions.
In chapter 3 we once again see our God at work. King Nebuchadnezzar erected a large image of gold that stood ninety feet high and nine feet wide. He then summoned all the officials to come to the dedication of the image. A herald loudly announced that when the musical instruments played everyone must bow down before the image. Whoever refused to bow down and worship would immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.
As you might guess, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not bow down to the image. They even told King Nebuchadnezzar, ''If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up'” (vv. 17-18).
Nebuchadnezzar was furious and ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. Then he commanded his strongest soldiers to tie up the three young men and throw them into the furnace. The furnace was so hot that the fire killed the soldiers who threw the three men in!
Nebuchadnezzar asked in amazement, ''Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire? . . . Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods'” (vv. 24-25).
People have various interpretations about who the fourth man was, but I believe he was truly the Son of God!
When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were released from the furnace, their hair was not singed nor were their clothes burnt. They didn't even smell like smoke! The faith that these young men had is certainly the kind of faith God wants us to have today. We should stand true to our Lord because He will always be there for us.
Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.
When his astrologers could not tell him what he had ________ and what his _____ meant, he became furious and ordered the execution of all the _____ _____ of Babylon (2:12).
Men were also sent to look for _______ and his friends to put them to ______.
During the night God revealed the mystery to Daniel in a ______ (2:19).
God enabled Daniel to tell the king what the king's ______ had been and to _________ it for him.
After hearing the _______________, the king bowed down before Daniel and ________ him.
The king said, ''Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of __________, for you were able to reveal this ________'” (2:47).
King Nebuchadnezzar erected a large ______ of gold that stood _______ feet high and _____ wide.
A herald loudly announced that everyone must ____ _____ before the _______.
Whoever refused to ____ _____ and worship would immediately be thrown into a _______ furnace.
They told the king, ''If we are thrown into the ________ furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will ______ us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your _____ or _______ the image of gold you have set up'” (3:17-18).
The furnace was so hot that the _____ killed the soldiers who threw the three young _____ in.
Nebuchadnezzar said, ''I see four men walking around in the _____, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a ____ of the ____'” (3:25).
Memory Verse: 'Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness” (Psalm 115:1).
Daniel, Part 2
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
Daniel 2:17 Daniel 3:21 Daniel 2:8 Daniel 2:1
Daniel 2:31 Daniel 2:23 Daniel 2:46 Daniel 3:4
'In the second year of his ________, Nebuchadnezzar had ________; Daniel ______
his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.”
'Then the king answered, 'I am certain that you are trying to gain Daniel ______
____, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decreed.'”
'Then Daniel returned to his ______ and explained the matter to Daniel ______
''I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me Daniel ______
________ and ______, you have made known to me what we asked
'Then the herald loudly _________, 'This is what you are commanded Daniel ______
to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language.'”
'So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other Daniel ______
clothes were bound and thrown into the ________ furnace.”
''You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large ______ Daniel ______
—an enormous, dazzling _______, awesome in appearance.'”
'Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before _______ and paid Daniel ______
him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presentedto him.”