Today's theme was Exile and Persecution and the symbol "the Fiery Furnace". I must say we didn't dwell too much on Exile and Persecution. But we did read the story of the Fiery Furnace from Daniel. The actual readings were (2 Kings 17:23; Daniel 3:19, 21, 28 and Matthew 5:11-12). We read the whole story of the three men being thrown into the fiery furnace. The children were somewhat familiar with this story from Veggie Tales. And it is a pretty amazing story.
When I was a kid I had an album by the Bill Gaither Trio called "The Sunday School Picnic" (who am I kidding, I still have it). It's full of great, lively Sunday School-type songs. One of the songs is about Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego. Whenever I hear the story - I think of that song.
Shadrach, Meschach and AbednegoWithout that song, I never would have been able to pronounce those names.
by Hugh Mitchell
Three good men lived very long ago
Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego
To and idol they would never bow
Shadrach, Meschach andAbednego
Into a fiery furnace they were therefore cast
Nebuchadnezzar thought they'd never last
But God was there He'd never let them go
Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego.