Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

SHADRACH, MESHACH, AND ABEDNEGO

Objectives:

  1. Children should be able to identify Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as the three young men in the fire.
  2. Children should be able to tell the story of the three young men.
  3. Children should identify Nebuchadnezzar as King of Babylon and the Jewish people as his prisoners.

 

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.
  2. Read the story in the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 151-153, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 223-229. Remind the children that Jesus saved the 3 young men and that the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is told over and over during Holy Week as a foreshadowing of Jesus’s escape from the flames of hell and resurrection.

 

  1. True/False Questions:

                      True                                          False

Shadrach was a Jewish boy.                       Shadrach was a Babylonian.

Nebuchadnezzar was King of Babylon.      Nebuchadnezzar was king of Israel.

      Jesus was in the fire.                                 Nebuchadnezzar fell in the fire.

 

  1. Before class, lightly spray sugar cubes from a box with gold paint. In class, have the children build a statue of Nebuchadnezzar from the gold cubes.  Ask the children for the characteristics of God – is He all-powerful, able to help us in all times of need? Then ask them if this golden statue can save them from troubles? What troubles can they think of in their own lives? For each problem the children mention, pour a little water on the statue. Watch the statue crumble! Just as the 3 young men knew, no statue is a true god. Review the stories of Noah, of Joseph, of Moses, etc. to show that the one true God can help us in even the worst circumstances. How did he help Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?

 

  1. Make Peanut People: Take half a peanut for each character: 3 young men, Jesus, and Nebuchadnezzar. Decorate each peanut half as the person with faces drawn with markers and bits of yarn or fabric or felt for hats, hair, etc. Put a Peanut Person on each finger and tell the story! (Someone in the class allergic to peanuts? Not to worry: use a glove for each child and decorate each finger as a person making a glove puppet!)

 

6. Close with prayer.