Hey BridgeKids Families!
Nebuchadnezzar built a tall gold statue and issued a new law: “When you hear music, you are to fall down and worship the statue.” The penalty for defying this law was severe. “Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire” (Dan. 3:6).
So when music played, all the people bowed down and worshiped the gold statue. Well, almost everyone. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down and worship the statue. They loved and worshiped the one true God. Only He was worthy of their worship.
Open your Bibles to Daniel 3. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how the Book of Daniel says that the Chaldeans—a group of astrologers and dream interpreters (see Dan. 2:2,4)—took this opportunity to go to the king and tell on Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. But not even the threat of death could convince the three friends to renounce their loyalty to God. The friends’ trust in God enabled them to stand firm no matter what—even as they were tied up and thrown into the fire.
Then something miraculous happened. Nebuchadnezzar saw four men in the fire! They were walking around, unharmed! The Lord not only rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, He was with them.
God was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire. Only He could rescue them. God rescues us too, through His Son, Jesus. Only Jesus can save us from our sin. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross provided the way for us to be rescued from sin and have eternal life.
Help your kids see that God was good and loving to rescue Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, but He was also good and loving not to rescue Jesus. On the cross, people mocked Jesus: “He saved others; He cannot save Himself!” (Mark 15:31). Jesus was not physically unable to save Himself. He chose to do His Father’s will, and His love for sinners kept Him there. Jesus chose not to save Himself so that He could save others.
Ask the questions:
- What did the king want the people to do when they heard the music? (bow down and worship the statue, Dan. 3:5-6)
- Why was Nebuchadnezzar angry? (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down to the statue; Dan. 3:12-13)
- What did the king plan to do? (throw them into the furnace, Dan. 3:15)
- Who did the king think could save them? (no one, Dan. 3:15)
- Did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego know that God would save them? (no, Dan. 3:18)
- What did the king see? (four men in the fire instead of three, Dan. 3:25)
- What happened after God saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? (The king declared no one could say anything bad about the one true God, Dan. 3:29)
- Lake Ann Camp Scholarships – The deadline to apply for a scholarship to go to Lake Ann is April 22. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to go to camp this summer! If you need more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Scholarship Work Day – Keep your calendar open for either April 21 or April 28 for a work day to raise money for camp scholarships. Stay tuned for more details!
- Sankofa Children’s Choir – LifeBridge Church will be hosting AN African children’s choir on April 22. The Sankofa Children’s Choir from Uganda will be coming to perform with African dance, instruments and songs. They will be joining the kids during BridgeKids that Sunday morning and then their will be a concert for the whole family that night.
- Penny Wars!: Our Penny Wars are going to help support the Truth Skate Ministry. Check them out at truthskatechurch.com. This is an awesome local ministry run by our own Kyle Brush.