Three Faithful Men Walked amid Flames
Dear Lord, please prepare our
children to face persecution with the same faith
Choose any of these children's learning activities that fit their ages.
1. Let an older child or teacher read or tell by memory the story from Daniel chapter 3.
It tells about three brave men who faced death by fire rather than worship an idol.
Ask these questions. [Answers from Daniel chapter 3 appear after each question.]
· What did the king command the people to do in front of his idol? [See verse 5]
· What did he do when he heard that three men did not worship his idol? [Verse 13]
· What did the three men tell the king that God was able to do? [Verse 17]
· Were they willing to die if God chose not to rescue them? [Verse 18]
· What happened to the soldiers who threw them into the fire? [Verse 22]
How many men did the king see in
the fire? [Verse 25]
2. Dramatize parts of the story about the three brave, faithful men, from Daniel 3.
· Arrange for the children to present this brief drama to the adults.
Use your time with the children
to prepare the drama.
· You do not have to use all the parts.
· Older children or adults play these parts: Narrator. Summarize the story and help the children recall what to say and do. King (Nebuchadnezzar). Hold something that represents an idol. Chief Official. Roll up paper to represent a horn.
Younger children play these parts: Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego,
Officer (Of the king) Also roll up paper
to represent a horn. Soldiers. Hold sticks for spears and
string for rope
Tell the first part of the story from Daniel 3:1-13.
Put the idol where everyone can see it. Then say,
Officers and Chief Official
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
Soldiers Bow down until the horns stop blowing.
Officers Stop blowing the horns, and go to the king.
Chief Official “Great King, three of your officials refuse to bow to your idol.”
King (Angrily) “Soldiers! Go and bring those traitors to me at once!”
Tell the second part of the story from Daniel
3:14-23. Then say,
King “Why did you not worship my idol?”
Shadrach Point up and say, “We worship only the one true God.”
Meshach “The Almighty can rescue us if he wishes.”
“Even if God lets you throw us into the fire,
(Shout) “Soldiers! Make the fire seven times hotter!
Pretend to tie up the three men and push them into a corner
Tell the third part of the story from verses 24-30.
Look into the furnace.
“Look! Their ropes burned off,
“Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, now I see that
Narrator Thank all who helped with the drama.
the children dramatize this story for the adults then let them also
pose to the adults the queries listed under #1 above.
4. Draw a picture of three men standing in flames, and let the children copy it.
Children might like to copy or colour the picture found at the end of this lesson.
the children show their pictures to the adults at the next worship
5. Have the children tell other examples of when God’s people have suffered persecution.
about times also when God has rescued them.
Smaller children memorize James
1:2; older ones memorize James 1:2-4.
Let four children each recite
one of the verses from Psalm 138:4-7.
Older children write poems or songs about the week’s
9. Have an older child pray:
“Dear Lord, we do not always feel brave like the three Israelites. Help us to trust you when we face persecution. You can rescue us. But even if we suffer for you, we want to be faithful to you always, because you will always be with us.