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                         "THE BOOK OF DANIEL"

                            Chapter Three

Nebuchadnezzar builds a large image of gold, demanding all to worship it
(1-7).  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego refuse, and are thrown into a
fiery furnace.  Yet they are saved by God (8-25), prompting King
Nebuchadnezzar to praise their God as the Most High (26-30).


   *  Faith in the face of fire

   *  The fourth person in the fiery furnace (angel or Christ?)


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - Nebuchadnezzar's golden image - Dan 3:1-7
   - Daniel's friends and the fiery furnace - Dan 3:8-25
   - Nebuchadnezzar praises God - Dan 3:26-30

2) What did Nebuchadnezzar set up in the plain of Dura? (1)
   - A golden image, 60 cubits (90 feet) by 6 cubits (9 feet)

3) What punishment did he threaten if people did not worship it? (6)
   - To be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace

4) Who was accused of not worshiping the gold image? (12)
   - Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego (Daniel's friends)

5) When threatened to be cast in the fiery furnace, what did they
   respond? (17-18)
   - The God whom they serve will deliver them from the king's hand
   - But if not, even so they would not serve his gods or worship the
     gold image

6) As the three men were being cast into the fiery furnace, what
   happened? (20-22)
   - The fire killed the mighty men as they threw them into the furnace

7) What did Nebuchadnezzar see as he looked into the fiery furnace?
   - Four men loose, walking and unhurt, the fourth "like a son of the

8) Who might have been that fourth man in the furnace? (25,28)
   - An angel, or a Christophany (a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ)

9) When the three men came out of the furnace, what was their
   condition? (27)
   - Their hair was not singed, garments were not affected, no smell of
     fire on them

10) What conclusion did the king draw?  What did he do for the three
    men? (29-30)
   - There is no other God who can deliver like this
   - Promoted them in the province of Babylon
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