Sunday School Perspective
‘No Matter The Cost’
Daniel 3:19-23, 26-28
by Minnie Malone Cook
The study of the lesson is in the book of Daniel Chapter 3: Verses 19-23, 26-28 and it offers insight into the strong faith in God that three men exemplified when they were faced obliteration and annihilation.
Key Verse: “Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, 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.” Daniel 3:28, KJV: This verse reveals that king, Nebuchadnezzar willingly acknowledges and blessed the God of the Jews and went on to recognize the men’s faithfulness in worshipping and serving their God.
The lesson topic for Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 is “No Matter the Cost” and it brings attention to the fact that believers must acknowledge and surrender of our Lord and Savior because we are never alone.
The objective for students and readers is to study and develop the ability to know that through faith all things are possible.
Angry Punishment (Daniel 3:19-23)
The lesson unfolds continuing the story of king Nebuchadnezzar as he gives a simple command. At the sound of music, all were to bow down and worship an idol. The three Jewish men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego refused and when it was reported to the king it was clear that their action caused furious displeasure and angry punishment from the king. He orders the men to be placed in a blazing furnace intending to burn them to death. “Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: 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 Abed-nego, 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 Abed-nego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.” (Verses 19-23)
God’s Supremacy (Daniel 3:26-28)
It is significant in these verses that God delivered the men unharmed because the fire had no power to destroy them. The king stood observing in total unbelief because the men stepped forward just as he had requested. The king had to acknowledge the God of the Jews and his concern for his believers. Each person studying this lesson must accept the challenge and develop the faith that these men. We are never alone. “Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellers, 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 Abed-nego, 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.” (Verses 26-28)
PRAISE THE LORD.