Daniel 3:14-19 (NIV)
14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? 15 Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual
- What is happening in these verses?
- How do you picture the scene?
- What emotions are being demonstrated?
- Can you blame Nebuchadnezzar for being angry?
- Why is Nebuchadnezzar angry?
- Not including the “furnace” what other pressures would have been felt by the three boys?
- What false beliefs did Nebuchadnezzar have about God?
- How did Nebuchadnezzar learning the truth about God lead to freedom for the boys?
- How did Nebuchadnezzar find freedom?