1. The Bible illustrates the principle revealed in Romans 8:28 many times. 2. We have seen how all things worked together for good in Esther's life. 3. In this lesson we are observing the same principle in the lives of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Discussion: I. LET US DETERMINE WHY THESE YOUNG MEN WERE IN BABYLON
A. (Daniel 1:1-2) Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, took control of Jerusalem. B. (Daniel 1:3-7) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were among the Jews chosen to serve the king. C. (Daniel 1:17-20) After going through their period of training, these 3 young men "stood before the king" with Daniel. D. (Daniel 2:48-49) After Daniel interpreted the king's dream he was promoted, and his 3 friends were placed "over the affairs of the province of Babylon." II. LET US OBSERVE FROM DANIEL 3 HOW ALL THINGS WORKED TOGETHER FOR GOOD IN THE LIVES OF THESE YOUNG MEN
A. (vs.1) Nebuchadnezzar built a great image of gold. B. (vs.2-7) When the image was dedicated, the king commanded all the people to worship it when the music was played [note the penalty for disobeying -- vs.6]. C. God did not allow His people to worship images such as this (Exodus 20:3-6). D. (vs.8-12) The king was informed that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego disobeyed his command to worship the image. E. (vs.13-18) The 3 young men were brought before the king, and they demonstrated their faith in their response to him. F. (vs.19-23) The king had them cast into the fiery furnace. G. (vs.24-27) The 3 young Jewish men were completely delivered from the furnace. H. (vs.28-29) The king issued a new decree. I. (vs.30) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were promoted.