Long after King David
and Solomon died, the people of Israel had become so wicked
God warned they would be taken into captivity by their enemies.
However, the Israelites did not listen to God. So the Lord
sent the Babylonian army to Israel, and many of the Israelites
were taken back to Babylon to become servants and slaves.
Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
were all taken to Babylon.
King Nebuchadnezzar of
Babylon decided to build a giant statue made of gold. He then
asked all the people to bow down and worship it. Everyone
bowed down before the statue, but Daniel's three friends did
not. King Nebuchadnezzar became angry, and had the three friends
thrown into a hot, fiery furnace.
But God protected Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abednego. When Nebuchadnezzar saw that the three
young men were not burned, he set them free and said, "The
God of Israel is the greatest God of all!"
Can you find your way
through the crowd of bowing people to get to the three friends?