I. King Nebuchadnezzar’s Diet (Dan. 1)
– The 3 Taken (v.1-7)
As young men, Hananiah, Mishael, & Azariah were deported to Babylon. There, they were given new names… Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego.
– The 3 True (v.8-20)
They were ordered to forsake their Hebrew heritage and faith in their God… the One True God. But they refused to compromise.
II. King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Dan. 2)
– The King & His Pagan Advisors (v.1-13)
The king’s advisors could not interpret his dream… so they were condemned to death… including the 3.
– The King & God’s Prophet (v.14-49)
David learned of his friends’ death sentence, and asked the king for a little more time. After Daniel & his friends prayed, God revealed to Daniel the dream and its meaning.
III. 3 Men & a Test (Dan. 3)
– The Flamboyant Monarch (v.1-7)
King Nebuchadnezzar had a statue of himself constructed for his subjects to worship.
– The Faithful Men (v.8-23)
The “3 Hebrew Children” staunchly refused to bow. They trusted God to save them from a royal sentence of death by fire, and they assured the king that even if God did not spare their lives, they still would not give in.
This was a bold stand. Not only did the 3 have faith in a big God, they also drew from – and gave strength to – one another.
– The Fourth Man (v.24-30)
Most children have heard this story from their earliest days in Sunday School, so you probably know how the story ends. God not only spared them from death in a fiery furnace, He also went through the experience with them!
When you are faced with a situation in which holding to your convictions may result in unpleasant circumstances, how do you respond? Do you back down? Or do you stand up and stand firm?
For extra strength to fight the temptation to compromise, find 1 or 2 committed Christian friends who can hold you accountable and encourage you to continue to do what is right.
* A person of conviction refuses to compromise – regardless of the consequences.
You can read the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel 1-3.