Understanding the Scriptures
|Threescore (v. 1)||Sixty (one score is twenty)|
|Cubits (v. 1)||A distance (see Bible Dictionary, “weights and measures,” p. 789)|
|Cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer (vv. 5, 7, 10, 15)||Various musical instruments|
|Regarded (v. 12)||Obeyed|
|We are not careful (v. 16)||We are not worried|
|If it be so (v. 17)||If we are thrown into the furnace|
|Hosen (v. 21)||Coat, garment, or tunic|
|Urgent (v. 22)||Had to be done immediately|
|Astonied (v. 24)||Startled|
|Singed (v. 27)||Scorched|
|Yielded their bodies (v. 28)||Risked their lives|
|After this sort (v. 29)||In this way|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A–C as you study Daniel 3.
Explain the Problem
What did Nebuchadnezzar order everyone to do, and why was it wrong? (see Exodus 20:1–6).
What do you imagine less faithful Jews might have said to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego at the beginning of the story before they were thrown into the fiery furnace? What do you think the three would say in response?
Give a Modern Example
Showing My Faith
In the community
Sometimes modern Church members are expected to bow down to the things of the world, or in other words, lower their standards to be acceptable in the eyes of the world. Give one example in each of the following settings where you think members of the Church today might show the faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: (1) at school, (2) in the community, and (3) with friends.
In Your Own Words
Write in your own words what the three young men said in Daniel 3:17–18.
What were the young men unsure about, and what were they sure about?
Based on what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego said and did, what would you say were the most important and powerful elements of their testimonies?
If you could talk with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, what questions would you ask them, and why?