BIBLE TEXT: Daniel 3:1-30
Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:
And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews.
They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever.
Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image:
And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.
Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his 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 Abednego, 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.
Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
MEMORY VERSE: Isaiah 60:1
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
LESSON AIM: To let them know that God made them to be stars for Himself
CENTRAL TRUTH: You can shine for God
In simple and plain terms, A star is a very large ball of bright glowing hot matter in space. It was created by God and placed in space. One unique characteristics of a star is its ability to glow and illuminate it’s surroundings. So when we say “Be a star for God” it simply means that you should shine for God.
A. How can I be a star for God? Let us bring out some salient points from our text:
- Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego lived among idol worshippers
- King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold and set a date for its dedication
- On the day of the dedication, the sound of the flutes and other musical instruments, everyone was asked to fall down and worship the golden image
- And whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace
- Daniel’s friends disobeyed the king’s commands and they were reported to king Nebuchadnezzar
- They were given one more opportunity to change their minds and bow down but they refused
- They were thrown into the fiery furnace after being heated seven times
- Jesus joined them in the fire and the fire could do them no harm
- They were brought out of the fire and instead of the people worshipping their image, the king commanded that henceforth all people must worship the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
Daniel’s friends had the opportunity to run but they didn’t. In the end, they became stars aging so bright in the land
B. Mention some things that represent darkness in today’s world in which we are expected to shine:
- Social life
DISCUSSION: An example of a star is the sun. Teenagers to discuss the various characteristics of the sun in relation to its usefulness to man.
INVITATION/APPLICATION: You too can be a star shining for God in your own little corner. Be encouraged and begin to work at it.
CONCLUSION: For a star to shine brighter, it needs the presence of darkness. Brightness is better appreciated in the dark. Isaiah 60:1-2
DEVOTION FOR THE WEEK
SUNDAY: Jeremiah 1:1-10 – God knows you
MONDAY: Jeremiah 17:19-27 – Hallow the Sabbath day
TUESDAY: Acts 4:23-31 – Power of Unity
WEDNESDAY: Galatians 5:16-27 – Moral Purity
THURSDAY: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Greatest Commandment
FRIDAY: Zechariah 14:1-10 – Day of the Lord
SATURDAY: Nahum 1:1-8 – God is Jealous