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Old Testament Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – There Is No Other God That Can Deliver

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We learn several lessons about faith from Daniel, but perhaps most importantly, we learn how strong our covenantal relationship is with the Lord when we refuse to set it aside for anything else. We are delivered from everything that would truly destroy us when we remain faithful to our covenants with the Lord. Learn more in our Come Follow Me FHE lessons.

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Scripture

Daniel 3:28–29

Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, . . . because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.

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I Want to Live the Gospel | Children’s Songbook, pg. 148

1. I want to live the gospel,
To know that its teachings are true,
To follow the plan of my Savior
And live as he wants me to do.

[Chorus]

I will try in all I do and say
To live the gospel more each day.
I will try in all I do and say
To live the gospel more each day.

2. I want to live the gospel,
To know I am heard when I pray,
To know that I will be happy
Because I have learned to obey.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Teach: As a young man, Daniel had been invited into the palace of the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. He became a trusted advisor to the king. God trusted him, too, because he was loyal to the true God of Israel instead of believing in the false gods of the Babylonians.

Later, Babylon was conquered “And Darius the Median took the kingdom” (Daniel 5:31).

Read: Despite the change in king and conqueror, Daniel remained on “preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm” (Daniel 6:3).

Teach: The other servants to the king were jealous of Daniel. They didn’t want him to be set “over the whole realm.” They tried to find a way to make him look bad in front of the new king, Darius, but they couldn’t find any fault in Daniel! He was too good!

So, the other servants of the king set a trap for Daniel. They knew he was faithful to the God of Israel, and that he prayed every day. They convinced King Darius that he should sign a decree “that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions” (Daniel 6:7). If any subject of the king prayed at all for a whole month, he would be put into a cave or pit filled with hungry lions.

Ask: How do you think Daniel might have felt when he heard of this new law?

Read: Daniel 6:10

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Explain & Teach: Just exactly as he had before, Daniel prayed–out loud and with the windows open–three times a day. He did not fear the other servants and he did not fear the decree of the king–not enough to change his prayers.

The other servants who set the trap went back to King Darius and told him that Daniel had broken the decree he had signed. King Darius liked Daniel and didn’t want Daniel to go to the lions’ den.

Read and Teach: Daniel 6:14

Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

King Darius tried to get Daniel out of the consequence of his decree, but the servants reminded him that once a king had signed a decree, there was no way to reverse it.

King Darius, though, trusted Daniel and believed that Daniel’s God was able to save him from the lions.

“Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee” (Daniel 6:16).

Ask: How do you think King Darius felt after he left Daniel in the lions’ den? What would you do if you were him?

Read: Daniel 6:18–19

18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

Teach: Early the next morning, King Darius went to the lions’ den to check on Daniel, but he was nervous about what he would find.

He called out to Daniel in the den of lions, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?” (Daniel 6:20) He wanted to know if God had saved him from the lions.

Daniel responded, “My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me” (Daniel 6:22).

Then, King Darius removed Daniel from the lions’ den and let all the Israelites worship their own God from that time forward. Daniel’s faith and trust in the Lord blessed all of his people.

Ask: How does it help other people when we stand up for what is right?

Testify: Heavenly Father wants to bless us. When we have faith in Him, He can save us from all kinds of trouble and pain.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Teach: As a young man, Daniel was among the Israelite people who had been conquered by Babylon. The Babylonian king’s name was King Nebuchadnezzar. The king had a plan to bring in young people to the palace to be trained and taught according to Chaldean learning and customs.

Read: Daniel 1:4 The king was looking for:

Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

Teach: Daniel and three other young men whose Hebrew names were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were among the Hebrew young men chosen to be trained in the king’s palace. The king’s servant, the overseer of these Israelite young men, renamed them with Babylonian names as found in the scripture below.

Read: Daniel 1:7

Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.

Clarify:

Daniel=Belteshazzar
Hananiah=Shadrach
Mishael=Meshach
Azariah=Abed-nego

Ask: Why would the king’s servant want to change their names from their Hebrew names to these new Babylonian names?

Quote: “Why the name changes? What made the boys’ Hebrew names unacceptable to the Babylonians? The meaning of their Hebrew names centered on the one true God: Daniel – God is my judge; Hananiah – Yah has been gracious; Mishael – who is what God is; Azariah – Yah has helped.

“Contrast that to their “new” names whose meanings centered on several false Babylonian gods: Beltashazzar – Bel will protect; Shadrach – inspired of Aku; Meshach – belonging to Aku; Abednego – servant of Nego.

“Assigning new names was a common court practice in the ancient world. Its blatant intention was to change the entire identity of the bearer until the life matched the title.” – Heartbeat International

The palace’s intention was to strip and alter their identity from being covenant-keeping Israelites to being Babylonians who worshiped false gods.

Read: Once among the king and in the palace, the young men were offered food and drink.

Daniel 1:5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

Teach: Daniel didn’t want to eat the king’s meat and drink his wine. He didn’t want to defile himself (meaning, he didn’t want to become contaminated, unclean, or corrupt).

Read: Daniel 1:8

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

Explain: We don’t know for certain the exact reasons why Daniel refused to eat or drink the king’s meat or drink his wine. We know the Jews lived under a code of health (found in Leviticus 11).

Depending on what sort of meat the king was serving, that may explain why Daniel refused to eat his meat. He was a covenant son of God who would uphold God’s commands.

Perhaps the king’s cooks had used unclean practices in the meat’s preparation. Maybe Daniel had personal revelation warning him to avoid it. We can’t know for certain.

We do know Daniel asked the king’s servant to conduct an experiment: If he let Daniel and his friends eat their own food (“seeds, grains, etc.”) for ten days, then the servant could look and see who was healthier–the boys who had eaten the king’s meat and drank his wine, or the boys who did not. They decided to do the experiment.

Read: Daniel 1:14–17

14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

Teach: After ten days, the boys who ate the seeds and grains were healthier than those who ate the king’s meat and drank his wine.

When we follow God’s commandments, we are blessed.

But–what if this story means even more than obeying the Lord’s prescribed law of health?

In ancient times, eating with and like the king had more meaning than just what they ate. According to Brittanica, “In biblical times, almost every pact (covenant) was sealed with a common meal. Parties ate together as if they were members of the same family or clan. Conversely, refusal to eat with someone was a mark of anger and a symbol of ruptured fellowship. Eating salt with one’s companions meant that one was bound to them in loyalty.”

Ancient-Hebrew.org adds even more to our understanding of ancient customs around sharing meals.

“The sharing of food is in the East a very special act of hospitality. It means far more than it means in the West. It is a way of making a covenant of peace and fidelity. When Abimelech wanted a permanent covenant with Isaac, the confirmation of that covenant came when Isaac ‘made them a feast, and they did eat and drink’ (Gen. 26:30).

“An Oriental considers as sacred the expression, ‘bread and salt.’ When it is said, ‘There is bread and salt between us’ it is the same as saying, ‘We are bound together by a solemn covenant.’”

Consider: What if Daniel and his Hebrew friends’ refusal to eat the king’s meat and drink his wine has more to do with their covenant relationships than it does with a health law?

Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were covenant-keepers with God. Perhaps they refused to eat with the king because they refused to weaken their fidelity to God by pledging loyalty (through the custom of a shared meal) to the king of Babylon.

Teach and Testify: They had stripped these young men of their Hebrew names and attempted to strip them of their covenant with God, replacing it with a commitment of loyalty to King Nebuchadnezzar. They sought to alter their true identity from covenant sons of God to servants of the Babylonian king. These faithful young men, however, refused to let any influential, powerful people destroy what they knew was their true identity as covenant sons of God.

We will also be strengthened as we remember who we are–covenant keepers of God. As we are loyal and faithful to the Lord and in our covenant relationship with Him, He will give us courage, power, strength and endurance. All things are possible–even being saved from a fiery furnace (Daniel 3) or a den filled with hungry lions (Daniel 6), if we are truly committed to the Lord.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read: Revisit the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego refusing to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s Idol as found in Daniel 3:1-28.

Consider how unapologetic the three faithful Israelite young men were about practicing their faith. “We are not careful to answer thee in this matter” (verse 16). They didn’t try to cover up or explain away their decision to not worship the statue of the king.

Consider or Journal:

Even when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego were faced with a fiery furnace, they stated their faith in God–He would deliver them. “But if not,” they still would remain faithful to the Lord and not worship the king’s idol.

What does “But if not” faith look like in your life?

The three men were tightly bound by the strongest men in the king’s army. Then they were “cast in” to the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:20-21). But when they went to check on them later, they were walking freely (not bound) with a fourth man who looked like the Son of God (Daniel 3:25).

Perhaps the Lord removed their bonds, or maybe they burned off in the fire. But they were made free, their bondage removed, through the mercy of the Lord.

What bondage will the Lord deliver you from if you exercise your faith in Him?

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Rebecca Wright
Rebecca Wright
Becca loves audiobooks, dark chocolate, singing, hiking, walking,  going out with her husband, and raising their chickens and children. She still wants to meet her hero Sheri Dew, see flowing lava and a blue whale in person, and uplift others with her words.

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