Daniel 3: May 1996

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When King Nebuchadnezzar promoted Daniel’s three companions, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, to be rulers in Babylon, it was not long before their faith in Jehovah was severely tested.
Nebuchadnezzar made a golden idol, set it up and commanded all those who were his leaders in Babylon to come to worship it. He threatened that anyone who would not worship this wicked idol would be killed by being cast into a fiery furnace.
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, knowing that the only true God was Jehovah, the God of Israel, and that it was sin against Him to bow down to any idol, refused to worship Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image. The king was so angry that he commanded his strongest soldiers to cast the three Hebrews into the burning furnace. The furnace was so hot that those who had bound and cast the three into it were themselves slain by its terrible heat.
The king received a surprise, for, as he looked into the furnace, he saw not three but four men walking in the midst of the fire. He said that the fourth looked “like the Son of God.”
After releasing the three friends from the furnace, Nebuchadnezzar blessed Jehovah their God and promoted the three to higher honors in Babylon.
Before we go any further on our journey, let’s rest while you find these verses:
1. The Apostle John warns us to stay away from ____________ .
1 John 5:___
2. The wise men who came to find where the Lord Jesus was did so because they wanted to ____________ Him. Matthew 2:___
3. The writer of the book of Hebrews reminds us that Moses chose to suffer with God’s people than to enjoy the pleasures of ____________ for a little time.
Hebrews 11:___
4. The wicked and unbelieving Jews became ____________ at the Lord Jesus because He healed a man on the Sabbath. John 7:___
5. The Jews so hated the name of Jesus that after Paul had begun to preach the gospel, some of them promised not to eat until they had ____________ Paul. Acts 23:___