My last post was a kind of quick “sneak peek” into this post. But I am going to tell you all about Friday and Saturday in detail in this post. So, I will start with what Alive and On Fire is.
Alive and On Fire is an event for the Youth in my home school group. It is kind of like a very short camp where we play games, stay up late, and dive deeper into the Word. As I mentioned in my last post, this was our third year to have Alive and On Fire. The first year, our theme was Truth and we spent the weekend learning about God’s truth. The second year was Light it Up, where we learned about Light and how to be a light in this world. But this year, our theme was actually Alive and On Fire.
The main Bible story that we focused on was the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the fiery furnace found in Daniel 3:14-27:
“14 Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up?
15 Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said unto the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
17 If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us out of your hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated.
20 And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
21 Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, and their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace.
22 Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace over-heated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.”
25 He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.”
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out from the fire.
27 And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.”
Amazing story right?! We used this story to answer 4 questions (If you would like to, go back and re-read the verses in the questions and try to answer the questions yourself):
1. How can we use verses 17 and 18 to build confidence in our lives?
2. Why is verse 25 such and awesome verse?
3. How does verse 27 apply to our theme this weekend?
4. In your opinion, what’s the coolest part of this passage?
My team and I came up with these answers:
1. We can trust that God will always be beside us through every trial, even if He doesn’t rescue us from the trial, we will still be seated next to His side. Therefor, we have full confidence in standing up for what we believe in.
2. It proves that God is watching over us and that He is real and alive.
3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were alive and on fire, literally! They were so “on fire” for God, that they were willing to walk through the fire of this world.
4. The courage that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego had to be able to stand up to the king was definitely the coolest to me. Their faith in God and the knowledge that He would either save them from the fire or that they were about to meet Him face to face led them into history!
Another fun thing we did was come up with definitions that describe FIRE. These definitions came from kids that range from grades 6-11 and what we think of when we hear the word “FIRE” (I am not going to list why we thought the word described “fire” simply because there are too many, but trust me, we talked about and discussed every word that is on this list.) :
“Is not my Word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock into pieces?”
Let that sink in a second. All of those definitions describe God’s word. Wow.
I will close with that. We went over so many topics and I really wish I could list them all here, but I will save those for more posts! So, I hope y’all understood everything I said and that it is clear in your minds, If you have any questions or comments please comment, I would love to answer! Thank y’all for reading and have a blessed, blessed day!