A sun catcher craft for the story of Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and the fiery furnace.
Your kids might need some help cutting out the template.
“23 But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, “Was it not three men we cast bound into the midst of the fire?” They replied to the king, “Certainly, O king.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!” 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire.” Daniel 3:23-26
- Print the template onto card stock. (Template)
- Color the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego figure.
- Glue the template sheet to the back of a sheet of black construction paper.
- Cut out all of the white of the inside of the furnace from the template. You will be left with the furnace outline.
- Then cut out the whole figure of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
- Place the furnace outline onto a self laminating sheet or contact paper, construction paper side down.
- Place the figure of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the center of the furnace outline.
- Fill the inside of the furnace with different color tissue paper.
- Cover with another sheet of self laminating sheet or contact paper.
- Cut out the furnace from the laminating sheet or contact paper.
- Stick the fiery furnace onto your window with double sided tape.
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.” Exodus 20:2-5
The Israelites were given a clear and simple commandment, but when they were faced with fear and anxiety by the absence of Moses for forty days they rebelled against God. They asked Aaron to make them an image of their supposed god and worshiped it in the most depraved ways.
There is a lot for our kids to learn from this Bible story. God is the only true living God. To worship anyone or anything besides Him is a sin and an open attack against who He is. Our kids should learn that we shouldn’t worship any image, idol or rendering of God because those things are not God. There is no way we can ever fully represent the holiness and awesomeness and perfection of God through an image. We would fail before we even began.
“4 Their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. 5 They have mouths but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. 6 They have ears but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. 7 They have hands but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk. They cannot make a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them are just like them, as are all who trust in them.” Psalm 115:4-8
- Print the templates onto cardstock. (Template)
- Color in the templates.
- Cut out all of the pieces, including cutting on the dashed lines of each piece.
- Glue both neck pieces together to form a single piece. Do the same for the body and the legs.
- At this point if you choose you can glitter each individual piece. Allow the pieces to dry.
- Attach the pieces together to form the golden calf.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were remembering the promises of God. They were trusting in God. They believed that God was able to keep them from harm and deliver them from the evil intended against them. They were trusting in God; not in their cleverness or in their strength. They did not back down or worship the idol; they did not lie and say that they had served Nebuchadnezzar’s gods. They stood their ground and trusted God. God delivered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from their troubles. God will keep His children from harm.
“The LORD will protect you and keep you safe from all dangers. The LORD will protect you now and always wherever you go.” Psalm 121:7-8
- Print out the templates. (Template)
- Color the flames, the main picture with the furnace and the half circle.
- Cut out the flames and half circle.
- Glue the flames onto the half circle, then cut the half circle in half.
- Fold and crease each piece of the half circle to form a hinge.
- Glue each piece of the half circle to the main picture with the furnace.