Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in Daniel 3, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once upon a time, there was a king named Nebuchadnezzar who made a huge statue of gold that was 60 cubits tall and 6 cubits wide. He set it up in a place called Dura in Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar invited all his officials to come and worship the statue.

The officials came from all over the land and when they heard the music, they all bowed down and worshiped the statue, except for three guys named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Some bad people went to the king and told him that these guys weren’t bowing down to the statue.

The king was very angry and brought the three guys to him. The king told them to bow down to the statue or else he would throw them into a furnace that was super hot. The three guys said they would not bow down to the statue and that their God would protect them. The king was even more angry and threw the three guys into the furnace.

But something amazing happened! The king saw four people walking around in the furnace, even though he had only thrown in three guys! And the three guys were not hurt at all! They didn’t even smell like smoke! The fourth person looked like an angel!

The king was amazed and called the three guys out of the furnace. He realized that their God was the one true God and he said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.”

The king then made a new law that no one could say anything bad about their God or they would be punished. He said, “Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.”

From that day on, the king treated Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego with respect and honored their God. He even promoted them to higher positions in the government.

Biblical Lessons

  • It’s important to worship the one true God and not worship statues or idols.
  • We should be faithful to God no matter what others say or do.
  • God can protect and deliver us from danger, even in the midst of impossible situations.
  • We should never be afraid to stand up for what we believe in, even if it means facing punishment or persecution.
  • God is always with us, even in the toughest of times.

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