Posts Tagged ‘Nebuchadnezzar’

The Glory Belongs to God Alone

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The Glory for all we do belongs to God  

Key Verse:
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
Revelation 4:11

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Daniel 4) Nebuchadnezzar has another dream. Since Daniel previously interpreted a dream for the king he was called upon again. This dream pointed out that Nebuchadnezzar had a problem with pride. The king had a lot of success, so he figured it was all done by his doing. He knew about God but failed to give him the glory for all that He had done for the king. This dream served as a warning of what will come if the king didn’t repent for his sin of pride. Because of this the dream came true, and Nebuchadnezzar became insane. It took the king seven years before he looked to God and gave Him the glory. His sanity returns and he learns about the grace of God.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Daniel 4:27–33.
Daniel told the king to obey God’s commands—to stop sinning and practice righteousness. But even if the king wanted to stop sinning, he would not be able to. And if he could stop sinning, he would still be guilty of all the bad things he had already done and would still need to be punished for his sin. What the king really needed was to give up and call out to God for mercy. We are all sinners. We continue to sin no matter how hard we try not to. Plus, all the good things we do cannot cover up the bad things we have already done. Our only hope is to call out to God to save us. God has provided a way for us to be forgiven by sending his Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. It is only when we trust in the good work of Jesus on the cross that we can be saved

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God wisdom prevails

Key Verse:
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer” 
Psalm 18:2a

Read: 
(Open the bible and read to your child Daniel 2:1-49) Daniel and his friends were all exiles from Judah. They were taken to Babylon when King Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judah. God was with them and blessed them, so they became counted among the wise men of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar had a disturbing dream and wanted to know what it meant. None of his wise men could interpret the dream, so the King wanted them dead. When Daniel heard about this, he went to the King and interpreted the dream for him. Before he told Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation, Daniel pleads for the lives of the other wise men. Daniel was not only wise and had God’s favor, he was kind hearted and cared about others more than himself.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Romans 9:32–33.
The most important part of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was the part about a great rock from God that destroyed the statue and grew into a mountain and filled the whole earth. The rock was a picture of Jesus Christ and the mountain a picture of God’s kingdom. Throughout the Bible, God uses a rock or stone to represent his work on the earth. Another example is when water came out from a rock in the desert for the children of Israel to drink. Later in the New Testament, we are told that the rock in the desert represents Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4). Jesus compared a life lived for God to a house that was strong and sturdy because it was built on the rock of God’s truth (Matthew 7:24). The apostle Paul said that the rock of God’s truth is Jesus (Romans 9:33).

Daniels Friends Are Safe in the Fiery Furnace

Our hope is for our kids to know that: They can stand strong for God 

Key Verse:
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage be strong”  
1 Corinthians 16:13

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Daniel 3) King Nebuchadnezzar defeated Judah and took the smartest and best people he could find back to Babylon. Among them were Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These three had a conflict with the King because they would not bow down to the huge 90 foot tall Gold statue that Nebuchadnezzar built. As a result the king ordered the furnace to be heated seven times hotter than normal, and ordered for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be thrown in. When they were thrown in the King was amazed they did not burn. And with them was a fourth person, likely an angel or God himself, walking around untouched! As a result the king had them come out of the furnace and made an order that no one shall speak negative about the God that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego worshipped. 

Share:
Tell your kids about a time you showed courage and stood strong for your beliefs. Perhaps you chose to defend a friend when others gossiped. Or maybe you confidently told someone you’re a Christian when asked about your beliefs. Talk with your kids about what’s most scary about standing strong for God. Then brainstorm with your children ways they can stand strong for God at school, at home, at church, and anywhere they go.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Create a “Stand Strong for God” award to pass around your family. The award could be an official-looking certificate, a badge to wear or hang on your bedroom door, or even a special dessert or night out for ice cream once a week. Each time you see a family member standing up for God or someone shares about how he or she stood strong for God, recognize that person with your special award. As you praise each other for standing firm in your faith, you’ll provide encouragement for the future when
standing strong for God is difficult.