A BOLD FAITH/NO MATTER THE COST/BE BOLD
Study Date: 14 Jan 18
Scripture: DANIEL 3: 19-28
Biblica Date: ABOUT 587 B.C.
Biblical Location: BABYLON

GOLDEN TEXT:  “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trust in him….that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.”  (Daniel 3: 20)

OBJECTIVES: 
  • To discover the connection between faith and deliverance.
  • To see how some human authorities exercise power over others.
  • To know what happens when we put our total trust and dependence in God.
  • To be aware of the faith commitment requires of believers.
  • To exercise faith in the face of martyrdom.
  • To experience the deliverance of God from our own dreadful circumstances.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED

Acts 4: 13-22; Acts 5: 27-32; Esther 4: 5-17; Daniel 3: 1-18; Daniel 3: 24-25.

WORDS TO REMEMBER
  • Babylon—an eastern Mediterranean empire and its capitol city.
  • Daniel—one carried into captivity but refused the kings meat.
  • Furnace—a fireplace, a heater.
  • Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah—three Hebrew youths accompanying Daniel
  • Nebuchadnezzar—king of Babylon who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple.
  • Praise—kneel, bless, blessed
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
  • How does God work in our hearts to cause us to want a relationship with Him?
  • What is the role of other people in our coming to know God?
  • What do those who follow and believe in God do that others do not?
  • How is our God superior to other gods?
  • What should a believer do when human orders differ from Divine orders?
  • What role does Daniel play in chapter 3 of this book?
THE SEED        A BOLD FAITH/NO MATTER THE COST/BE BOLD     Daniel 3: 19-28
  1. It’s Getting Hot in Here  (Daniel 3: 19-20)
  2. Nebuchadnezzar was very angry so that his attitude toward the Hebrews changed.
  3. He ordered the furnace heated 7 times hotter than it was supposed to be.
  4. The three Hebrews were to be bound and thrown into the hot furnace.
  5. An Urgent Command (Daniel 3: 21-23)
  6. With everything on, they were thrown into the furnace.
  7. The people who threw them in were hasty and the furnace was so hot it destroyed them.
  8. The Hebrews fell down bound in the burning furnace.
  9. A Great Miracle for God’s Glory (Daniel 3: 26-28)
  10. There were four no just three in the furnace.
  11. None were hurt and fourth one showed up looking like the Son of God.
  12. Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged the most high God and others witnessed no harm
  13. The three Hebrews God would be the God of all for all to praise.

God will help us when we as believers find ourselves in difficult places.  Trust Him.  He is able!

PLANTING THE SEED
  • Why did the three have to go through such a difficult time and trial?
  • What made the king become so angry?
  • What made the king’s degree foolish rather than wise?
  • What did the king lose because of his eagerness?
  • What happen when the men landed in the furnace?
  • What did the king observe as he kept looking?
  • What did Nebuchadnezzar think about the fourth man?
  • What did everybody observe as the men came out of the fire?
  • What did the King start to understand about God?
  • How does this historic even mean to us today?
NURTURING THE CROP
  • What are some excuses we use for not standing up for God?
  • What must a believer know about God in order to stand up for Him?
  • What must we know about ourselves to stand up before god?
  • Why does god allow good people to suffer?
  • What helps us to endure and trust God during trying times?
  • How can one believer encourage other believers?
  • What gives us hope in difficult times?
  • Give some examples of the power of God displayed among non-believers.
FRUIT FROM THE CROP
  • The enemies of God are revealed and provoked when we stand in bold faith.
  • Persecution is not always the result of wrongdoing.
  • What God has set free cannot be bound by the enemy.
  • God is present and in control even in our greatest trials.
  • The power of God and His protection is beyond our human understanding.
  • We have fresh and new opportunities to trust god when facing trials and tribulations.
  • Our trials are used by God for His glory.
  • Even our enemies will come to acknowledge God and His power.
NOTES
  • Human rage causes us to make serious mistakes.
  • God is in control of all the actions and the results.
  • God has a way of bringing even His enemies to know Him.
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