Lesson Notes By Weeks and Term - Senior Secondary School 2

The Three Hebrews in Exile






  • Essential Christian Religious Knowledge for SS 1-3. By Edmond Ugochukwu.
  • Comprehensive Christian Religious Knowledge for SS 1-3. By Martins I. Amaechi, RSV Bible (Compulsory)







TOPIC: The Three Hebrews in Exile


  • The Three Hebrew Children
  • The Test of their Faith


Three Hebrew Children

In 598 B.C, when Nebuchadnezzar over- ran Judah and took the people to exile in Babylon, among  the young men taken to Babylon were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego whose faith and confidence in God were second to none. These men were Jews who were brought into captivity in Babylon. While in captivity, they still dedicated themselves to the worship of their God and strict observance to the ordinances and statutes of the God of Israel.Due to the outstanding qualities in these men, they were appointed officials in the Babylonian kingdom.



1.Who were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?

  1. Describe the incidence that brought these three men to Babylon?


The Test of their Faith

A situationcame when Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image and invited all the officials in the provinces of Babylon to come for the dedication of the image. He ordered that when they heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe and all kinds of music, all the officials from various provinces should fall down and worship the golden image which he had made. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down and worship the image and this made certain Chaldeans accuse and report them to the king.


Nebuchadnezzar quickly summoned them and queried why they refused to worship the god he made.  The reply the men gave him made him furious. He ordered that the furnace be heated seven times more than its normal heat. These men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) were cast into the fiery burning furnace. The king was astonished when he discovered that the men were not hurt and although, they had been bound but were loosed. Nebuchadnezzar saw a fourth person with them in the furnace; he acknowledged Him to be the Son of God.


The expression of boldness, courage and faith by these Jews gave king Nebuchadnezzar the true picture of God and his authority as the God of Israel. The king therefore decreed that any person that would ever speak against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, should together with his household be put to death. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were promoted in the provinces. This was the profit of great faith, courage and confidence in God.



  1. Trace the incidence that led to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being thrown into the heated fiery furnace.
  2. What three lessons can be drawn from these?



  1. Who were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?
  2. Describe the incidence that brought these three men to Babylon?
  3. Mention three leadership qualities of Joshua.
  4. Describe the faith of Joshua.



Comprehensive Christian Religious knowledge for SS1-3 by Martins I Amaechi  pages 87-88

RSV Bible Daniel 3: 1-30



  1. For refusing to bow to  Nebuchadnezzar’s image, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were___. 
  1. executed publicly B. thrown into the fire C. demoted from serving the king D. shot at their legs
  1. The  faith and courage of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego made Nebuchadnezzar issue a decree that____. A. All men must worship his golden image B. unbelievers must be thrown into the fiery furnace C. anyone who spoke against God should be destroyed D. the furnace would be hotter than normal
  2. The people that reported Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to king Nebuchadnezzar were____. A. the Jews B. the Chaldeans C. the Satraps D. the Publicans

Answer True / false for the following:

  1. Shadrach, Meshach and  Abednego  were  promoted in the province as a result of their faith and courage.
  2. The furnace was so hot that it consumed those men who cast the Jews into the furnace.



  1. Trace theincidence that led to Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego being thrown into the heated fiery furnace
  2. What three lessons can be drawn from it?

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