A King is Humbled
Here stands the king that the God of heaven had given a kingdom, power, strength, glory and made ruler over all men, beasts and birds. But we find in chapter 4 of Daniel ( actually written by this great king Nebuchadnezzar) , that he had to be humbled by the mighty hand of the Almighty. Twelve months before, he was given a dream that was interpreted by his trusted advisor, Daniel, and at the same time was encouraged to repent of his many sins and to start showing mercy to the poor….but he did not . So, at the end of a year while the king was walking in his garden and pridefully admiring his handiwork, a voice fell from heaven declaring that he would be driven from men for seven years and was to live with the beasts of the field, eating grass like oxen;…” his body wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagle’s feathers and his nails like bird’s claws”. At the end of the seven years he lifted his eyes to heaven and his understanding returned to him and he blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever. All was restored to him , and excellent majesty was added to him.
I glued tissue paper on the plants.
A King is Humbled
Our boys are facing the wrath of the king who has erected a ninety ft. image of gold to be worshipped by all of his chief officials (except Daniel, who is missing from this scene) or be cast immediately into a burning fiery furnace. You were to show your worship by bowing down in the plain of Dura when the music stopped playing. Since Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego , as they were now known, did not bow, they were swiftly brought before the sputtering, furious king. He could not conceive that they would choose to be burnt up, so he was willing to give them another chance. Their answer is classic and faith-stirring: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter…our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king, But if not, let it be known to you that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” Seven times hotter was the command that spewed forth, which happened to burn up the mighty men that the king appointed to bind and throw Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego into the midst of the exceedingly hot furnace. Read the exciting conclusion in Daniel 3.
You might have some “flames” left-over from the Burning Bush lesson…if not, cut some out of tissue paper to glue around the furnace on your worksheet. This project is made to “stand-up” on a desk etc.
Daniel and his three friends; Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, have been captured from their Judean homeland by Nebuchadnezzar and sent back to Babylon to attend a”royal prep school” of sorts. They all received new heathen names, and a daily portion of the king’s rich food and the wine which he drank. Undoubtedly NOT kosher, Daniel determined in his heart not to defile himself with the king’s provision, and courteously proposed a test to the steward in charge of them , “…for ten days let us be given a vegetable diet and water to drink. Then compare our appearance and the appearance of the youths who eat of the king’s dainties, and deal with us according to what you see…” God rewarded the young Hebrew’s faith with a superior appearance as well as knowledge, skill in all learning and wisdom. At the end of three years they were presented before the king and found ten times better than all the scholars in the whole realm !
You can tell I am a fan of a little “sparkle”. If you have access to stained glass supplies, you can use copper foil tape for the accents , gold duck tape or a new tape now available in craft stores called washi tape. It is available in many designs and patterns. Of course the spaces can be “glamed-up” with metallic-colored gel pens. Don’t forget Melzar’s bracelet!