Courageous Faith VBS
 
with your Family!
 
July 13 – 17, 2020
For day 1 scriptures, video, family devotional and more click: 
THE CAPTIVITY and enter code s1t6y2
 
For day 2, click:
NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM and enter code z3r8z6
 
For day 3, click:
FURNACE OF FIRE and enter code r3m8p3
 
For day 4, click:
WRITING ON THE WALL and enter code t4v4h9
 
For day 5, click:
DEN OF LIONS and enter code k8j1j6 
 
VBS Day 1 Summary
Daniel – The Captivity
Daniel 1:1 – 21
King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of the Babylonian people, conquered Jerusalem and took sacred items from the temple and many captives back with him to his kingdom. The king ordered his chief of staff to select young, strong, smart men who had been captured to train to work in his service. Of those selected were four friends, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, who were given new Babylonian names: Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respectively. The king ordered that the young men chosen for training should be given food and wine prepared in his kitchen to ensure that they were well nourished. Daniel refused to consume the food and wine
as it was not prepared according to God’s law. The king’s chief of staff worried that if Daniel didn’t eat this food, he would be weaker than the rest of the young men in training and the king would become angry at the chief of staff and might have him killed. Daniel made a deal with the servants in charge of taking care of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. If he would allow these four men to have only vegetables and water for 10 days, the servant could then compare them to the others who had been eating and drinking from the king’s kitchens. After 10 days, the servant noticed that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah looked healthier and stronger than all of the men in training.
 
Day 2 Summary
Nebuchadnezzer’s Dream
Daniel 2:1-49
King Nebuchadnezzar had been the ruler of the Babylonian people for two years when he had a terrible nightmare. The king’s dream troubled him so much that he was unable to sleep after having it. King Nebuchadnezzar summoned all the wise men in his kingdom to come tell him what his dream meant. When the wise men arrived, they asked the king to tell them what the dream was about, but the king refused to tell them the dream; he told them that they not only had to interpret the dream, but they also had to tell him what he had dreamed. The king told the wise men that if they were able to do this, he would reward them; if they could not do it, he would have
them put to death. The wise men protested and told the king that it was not possible for anyone to tell him what he had dreamed and that only gods could tell the thoughts and dreams of men. The king was furious and told his soldiers to round up all of the wise men in his kingdom and kill them. When Arioch, the head soldier in Nebuchadnezzar’s army, arrived to take Daniel into custody, Daniel asked Arioch what was going on. After Arioch explained the situation to him, Daniel went to the king to ask for time to interpret the dream, which the king granted. Daniel rushed to his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego so they could pray for wisdom. That night, God revealed King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its meaning to Daniel. The next morning, Daniel told Arioch not to kill the wise men because he knew what the king’s dream meant. Daniel appeared before the king and told him that King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream about a statue with a head of gold, a chest and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of iron mixed with clay that was destroyed by a rock that became a mountain that took over the world was about the future. The head of gold represented King Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom. The other layers of the statue represented the kingdoms that would follow his reign. The rock that destroyed the statue represents the kingdom of God. King Nebuchadnezzar was amazed and praised Daniel for his faithfulness to his God. He said that Daniel’s God must be the God of gods and the Lord of kings. To reward Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar promoted Daniel to a prominent position and put him in charge of all the wise men in the kingdom. Daniel asked the king to also promote his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and the king agreed
 
 
Day 3 Summary
Furnace of Fire
Daniel 3:1-30
King Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of the Babylonian people, had a giant golden statue of himself made. He commanded all the leaders in his kingdom to come worship the statue. When the music started at the dedication ceremony, everyone was commanded to bow down and worship the golden statue of the king or they would be thrown into the furnace of fire. Everyone did as they were told, except for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three Jewish young men who were serving in the king’s court while living in Babylon in exile from Jerusalem. A group of men noticed that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not bow down to worship the statue. They went to the
king and told him of the three young men’s disobedience. The king was furious, and demanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego appear before him to answer for their actions. The king warned them that if they did not worship the statue now, he would throw them into the furnace of fire. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego held to their faith and told the king that God would save them from the fire. The king ordered that the fire be heated seven times hotter than normal. The men were tied and led to the furnace. When the soldiers opened the doors to the furnace, the heat and flames killed them. King Nebuchadnezzar went to the furnace to look in and was amazed to see that the three men were untied and walking around completely unharmed. He asked those around him how many people they threw into the furnace, and once everyone had confirmed that three men had been thrown in, he asked, “Then why do I see four men in there?” The king said the fourth man looked like the son of God. The king called the men out of the furnace and praised their God. He declared that he would have anyone killed who spoke evil about their God. The king then gave each of the young men a promotion that granted them additional power in the positions in his court.
 
Day 4 Summary
Writing on the Wall
Daniel 5:1-31
 
Many years have passed since Daniel had interpreted King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Daniel was an older man now, and a new king, Belshazzar, had come to power in Babylon. King Belshazzar held a feast and invited all the people in power in his kingdom. He ordered his servants to bring out the gold and silver goblets that his father, King Nebuchadnezzar, had seized from the temple in Jerusalem so he and his guests could drink from them. As they drank and praised false gods, a hand appeared and wrote something on the wall. Terrified, the king called for his wise men to read and interpret the writing. King Belshazzar promised riches and power to anyone who could read and interpret the writing, but no one could. The queen heard the commotion, and she reminded the king of a wise man who had helped King Nebuchadnezzar with such problems: Daniel. When Daniel appeared before King Belshazzar, the king presented the same deal he had offered his wise men. Daniel told the king to give his gifts to someone else but agreed to read and interpret the message. Daniel told the king that God gave King Nebuchadnezzar power and glory, but God removed him from power because he became proud and arrogant. After he was removed from the throne, he realized that God is the true King of kings. Belshazzar knew of God’s power, but he mocked God by drinking from the temple goblets and praising false gods. Daniel then told King Belshazzar that the words on the wall were: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin. Daniel said, “Mene means numbered: God has numbered your days and brought them to an end. Tekel means weighed: You have been weighed on the scales, and you have been found wanting. Peres means
divided: Your kingdom is divided and will be given to the Medes and Persians.” King Belshazzar then held up his part of the bargain and clothed him in a purple robe and gave him a gold chain. That night, King Belshazzar was killed, and his kingdom was given over to another.
 
Day 5 Summary
Den of Lions
Daniel 6
 
Daniel’s enemies envied his position and were jealous of his good character. They invented a scheme to put Daniel to death for his prayer to God. When Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den, God shut the lions’ mouths. Daniel was saved, and the wicked men were put to death instead.
 
 
 
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