King Nebuchadnezzar knew that the One True God was miraculous.
He knew that but was a long way from worshipping God.
He grew up believing in all the gods and idols of Babylon.
He made a huge statue of himself.
He was so proud of this statue.
It was ninety feet tall.
It was made of pure gold.
He had it put on the plain of Dura.
He sent messages to all the important people in his land to come and see it.
When the people were there, the herald shouted," This is the king's command: When the band strikes up you are to fall flat on the ground and worship King Nebuchadnezzar's statue. Anyone not doing this will be thrown immediately in the furnace."
The band stated playing and everyone fell down and worshipped the statue.
All worshipped the statue but three men.
Those three men were Meshach, Shadrack, and Abednego.
The king was furious.
He yelled at the three men, "I will restart the band. You will have one more chance to bow!"
"We will not worship your statue. We only worship God, " they said.
The king was in a rage.
He commanded that the furnace be heated up seven times hotter than normal.
The flames were so hot that some of the soldiers were hurt as they stood outside.
The soldiers tied their hands tightly.
The soldiers threw them into the roaring flames.
King Nebuchadnezzar, watching every minute, suddenly stood up in amazement.
"Didnt we through three men in there?" he asked.
Yes, Your Majesty, we did," they answered.
Look! " King Nebuchadnezzar shouted. "I see four men. They are all untied and walking around in the fire. They arent even hurt. The fourth man looks like a god!"
King Nebuchadnezzar walked as close as he could to the door and opened it.
He shouted, "Meshach, Shadrack, and Abednego come out here."
The three men walked out of the fire.
They were unhurt.
Not a scorched hair.
They didn't even smell like smoke.
King Nebuchadnezzar said, "Blessed be the God of Meshach, Shadrack, and Abednego. Hear my law: No one shall speak badly of God."
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