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Daniel 3 - 20th, February 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read Daniel 3
  2. Who are the characters? What places are mentioned?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. What does the king make in v. 1?
  5. What does the king command in vv. 2–7?
  6. What do the Chaldeans accuse the Jews of?
  7. How does the king respond in vv. 13–15?
  8. How do Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to the king's command in vv. 16–18?
    1. What happens to the three Jews?
    2. How does the king respond?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What connections are there with chapter 1 and 2?
  2. How is King Nebuchadnezzar contrasted with God?
  3. Why is it significant that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego don't bow down and worship the golden image?
  4. Contrast King Nebuchadnezzar's decree in vv. 5–6 and in v. 29.
    1. Why the change?
  5. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?
  6. What is the main point of this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In v. 7 "all the peoples" bowed down and worshiped. How are you tempted to follow the crowd when it could be sin?
  2. While most of us aren't tempted to bow down to physical idols, how are we tempted to worship other 'gods'?
    1. How can we resolve, like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to worship God alone?
  3. In trials and persecution, how do help others trust God?