Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Best Daniel Online Sunday School Lessons

Includes 4 lessons on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; King Nebuchadnezzar's Dream; the Writing on the Wall; and Daniel in the Lions' Den


Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are Brave for God Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this fiery furnace children’s Sunday School lesson to teach children about the need to be brave and do the right thing.


Needed: Bibles, soft balls or paper wads, a world map, drawing paper and crayons or colored pencils


Intro Game: Angels’ Protection Dodge Ball – Divide your play area in half and divide the students into two teams. Give each team an equal number of soft balls or paper wads to throw. They have to stay on their side of the play area.

The trick to this version is that each team can choose one or two players to be Angels. The Angels run in front of the balls or paper wads to protect their teammates. They can’t get out. Remind students that God sends His invisible angels to protect and help us.

The team who gets all of the opposite team’s regular members out first wins.


Lesson: Ask, Can anyone think of some things that you’re afraid of?

What would you do if someone told you that you were going to get in trouble if you kept believing in God? Would you keep believing in God anyway, or would you stop believing in God so that you wouldn’t get in trouble?

What would you do if someone told you that they were going to kill you if you kept believing in God? Would you keep believing in God anyway, or would you stop believing in God so that you wouldn’t get killed?

The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshipped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So, God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.

But even in Assyria and Babylon, some of the Israelites still loved God and did all the right things that He wanted them to do. Three of those men were named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and today, we’re going to read about the scary thing that happened to them.

(Read Daniel 3 with your students, or read the following story as a summary.)


Summary Story: In the kingdom of Babylon, where the Israelites from the Kingdom of Judah were living as slaves and prisoners, reigned King Nebuchadnezzar. King Nebuchadnezzar didn’t believe in or worship the real God. Instead, he made a golden statue and told everyone to worship it as their god. He said that whenever his servants blew the horns and played their musical instruments, everyone had to bow down and worship the gold statue he made.

What did King Nebuchadnezzar say people had to do when they heard the music? (Bow down and worship his gold statue.)

Are we allowed to worship anyone or anything other than God? (No.)

God’s number 1 rule is that we can only believe in and worship Him, not fake gods or statues or anything like that.

Then, King Nebuchadnezzar said that if anyone didn’t bow down and worship his gold statue when they heard the music, he would throw them into a fiery furnace. The fiery furnace was a big fireplace that got hot enough to melt metal.

What would happen to people if they didn’t worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s statue? (They would be thrown into a furnace and be burned up.)

The horns blew, and the music played, and everyone bowed down and worshipped King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. Well, almost everyone bowed down and worshipped it. Some of the king’s servants saw that three Israelites – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – weren’t bowing down. They told the king, and King Nebuchadnezzar ordered that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego come before him.

The king said, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, is it true that you won’t worship the statue I made? When you hear the music, I order you to worship the statue. If you don’t, I’ll have you thrown into the fiery furnace. Will your God be able to rescue you then?”

Do you think Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego should listen to King Nebuchadnezzar and worship his gold statue, or should they listen to God and not worship the gold statue? (They should listen to God.)

But if they don’t listen to King Nebuchadnezzar and worship his statue, they’ll be thrown into the furnace and burned up. Do you think God can save them from being burned up?

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king. They said, “Our God is able to save us from your fiery furnace. But even if He chooses not to save us, we still won’t worship the statue. We will worship the real God only.”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were pretty brave, weren’t they? They said that whether God saved them from the furnace or not, they still wouldn’t break God’s rules and worship the gold statue. They wanted to do the right thing that God wanted them to do, no matter what.

King Nebuchadnezzar became so angry with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego that he ordered his servants to make the fiery furnace seven times hotter than normal and to throw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fire.

So, the servants made the fire hotter, and King Nebuchadnezzar’s soldiers grabbed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and marched them up to the furnace. They threw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fire, but as they were doing so, the soldiers got burnt up themselves – the fire was so hot!

Then, King Nebuchadnezzar saw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walking around in the fiery furnace, but he also saw a fourth man in the fiery furnace with them. Who do you think that fourth man was? (God, Jesus, or an angel.)

God was in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, protecting them. Did you know that God can protect us too when scary things happen to us?

God is always with us, even if we can’t see Him, and He can protect us from anything.

King Nebuchadnezzar ran up to the opening of the furnace and yelled, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, come out!”

They came out and were completely fine. They weren’t burned at all. Their clothes and hair weren’t even burned. They didn’t even smell like fire. The king saw how God had protected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and he made a rule that no one in the kingdom of Babylon was allowed to say anything bad out the God of the Israelites. Then, he promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and made them leaders over the kingdom.

Everything worked out for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego because they were brave and did the right thing that God wanted them to do. So remember, if you will be brave and always do the right things that God wants you to do, then God will be with you too, and God will be happy with you.


Game: Fiery Furnace Tag – Divide students into two teams and set a timer for 5 minutes. The first team is the Nebuchadnezzars, and the other is the Shadrach, Meshach, Abednegos. The Shadrach team chooses one member to be an Angel. The Nebuchadnezzars chase and tag the Shadrach team. Whenever a member of the Shadrach team is tagged, they stand in the out section, the Fiery Furnace.

The Nebuchadnezzars cannot tag the Angel until at least three members of the Shadrach team are in the Fiery Furnace. At the point, the Angel can run into the Fiery Furnace, freeing any team members who are there. If the Nebuchadnezzars tag the Angel before he or she gets to the Fiery Furnace, the game is over. If the Angel succeeds in freeing his or her teammates, the Nebuchadnezzars cannot tag the Angel again until three members of the Shadrach team are again in the Fiery Furnace.

When the Nebuchadnezzars win or at the end of 5 minutes, switch roles and play again.


Craft Prayer Activity: The Persecuted Church – Look up a current news story about where Christians are being persecuted. Show the location on a map and summarize the situation for the children and explain why a certain government doesn’t want the people to believe in God. Then, have students write a prayer for their fellow Christians in that situation, or draw a picture illustrating God’s protection around those persecuted Christians.


Closing Prayer: God, we thank You for protecting Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We pray that You’ll protect us like that too. But even more than that, we pray that You’ll make us brave for You and give us the courage to do the right things, no matter what. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

Recommended Extras

Superbook:The Fiery Furnace – an animated video from the updated Superbook series, includes time-traveling children who learn lessons from the story

Superbook The Fiery Furnace! 2013

God Protects Daniel’s Friends – free coloring and activity pages



God Makes King Nebuchadnezzar Act Like an Animal Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about the prophet Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar to teach children about how God wants to change our thinking.


Needed: Bibles, a volunteer to play King Nebuchadnezzar (you can do this yourself if you want)


Intro Game: Power Up Freeze Tag – Divide the students into two teams. One team is It and tries to tag the members of the other team. When a student is tagged, they freeze in place. Every minute or so, a designated Power Up leader runs through the play area. If someone on the team being chased tags the Power Up leader, the leader shouts, “Power Up!” and the frozen students are back in the game. The roles also reverse, so that now they are It and the other team is running from them.

After the first round, explain that when God starts to change the way we think, it’s like He’s giving us a power-up.


Lesson: Say, The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshipped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So, God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.

(Read Daniel 4 with your students, or read the following story as a summary.)


King Nebuchadnezzar: Greetings and God bless you! I’m King Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and I can tell you that God has certainly shown me His power in some very awesome ways. First, I saw God save Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when I threw them into the furnace for not worshipping my gold statue. Then, a little while after that, I was sleeping and had a dream.

In the dream, God sent an angel to me to tell me that my mind would become like the mind of an animal for seven years and that I would live out with the animals. I didn’t know what the dream meant, so when I woke up, I called for all my magicians and wise men to come to help me figure it out. But none of the magicians could tell me what the dream meant.

Finally, I called in Daniel. Daniel was an Israelite that my army had taken from Judah when we conquered them. Daniel was very smart, and he was in charge of all my magicians. When I told him what my dream was, he said, “King Nebuchadnezzar, the dream means that God is going to punish you for not believing in Him. He’s going to make you go insane for seven years. You’ll run away and go live with the animals in the wild because you’ll go insane.”

Then Daniel told me, “But if you will start to believe in God now and start doing the right things that He wants you to do, then maybe God will decide not to punish you.”

I should have believed in God then, but I didn’t. I ignored what Daniel told me.

Exactly one year later, though, I was walking on the roof of my palace, looking out over the kingdom of Babylon. I said, “Look at this great country I’ve made for myself. I don’t need any God to help me. I’m the greatest man that ever lived!”

Now, let me ask you: do you think I should have said that I don’t need God to help me? Do you think I should have been proud like that and started talking about how great I was?

No, I shouldn’t have done that. Because right then, a voice came from Heaven and said, “King Nebuchadnezzar, you are going to be punished and live like an animal because you do not believe in God.”

So, right then, my mind was changed. I went insane and ran off into the woods. I lived like a wild animal for seven years. I let my hair grow really long. My fingernails grew so long that they were like claws. All I ate was grass, and I was very dirty all the time.

Then, at the end of the seven years, God made it so that I could think like a human being again. I remembered who I was and I believed in God. Eventually, my servants came and found me, and I became king again.

I thanked God for forgiving me and giving me back my kingdom. And from then on, I believed in God and tried to do the right things that He wanted me to do.

(Have your students thank “King Nebuchadnezzar” for coming to talk to them.)


Review Questions
Why did King Nebuchadnezzar go insane? (God was punishing him because he didn’t believe in God or do the right things that God wanted him to do.)

Did God forgive King Nebuchadnezzar? (Yes.)

Do you think God can forgive us if we do things that are wrong? (Yes.)

God doesn’t like it when we do wrong things, but if we say we’re sorry and try not to do those things anymore, then God will forgive us and be happy with us, just like God was happy with King Nebuchadnezzar when King Nebuchadnezzar decided to believe in God and do the right things that God wanted him to do.

And just like God changed King Nebuchadnezzar’s thinking to be worse – like an animal – He can change our thinking to be better. He can help us to think about good things instead of wrong things. He can help us love people more instead of getting angry. He can help us have hope instead of being sad. God changes us for the better just like He changed King Nebuchadnezzar for the worse.


Activity: Nebuchadnezzar’s Transformation – Tell students that they’re going to pretend to be King Nebuchadnezzar. Remind them that King Nebuchadnezzar was always bragging about great he was. Tell students to brag about how great they are. Encourage them to be really dramatic about it. Then, when you yell, “Act like an animal!” tell all the students to do their best impressions of whatever animals they want to. Count to seven and then, yell, “You’re healed!” Students then act like their normal selves again.

Remind students that God made King Nebuchadnezzar think he was an animal because he didn’t believe in God and because he was bragging about how great he was all the time, but that then, after seven years, God forgave him and healed him.

Repeat the exercise a couple of times for fun.


Activity: Acting It Out – Divide students into groups of two or three. Have each group decide on and act out a scene in which a non-Christian is thinking about something the wrong way and a Christian is thinking about that same thing the right way.


Game: Power Up Freeze Tag – play the intro game again for as long as time permits. Remind students that when we let God change our thinking, it’s a power-up in our lives because it helps us live for God.


Closing Prayer: Father, we thank You for the warning that King Nebuchadnezzar gives. Help us to always believe in You and not to be too proud. We also pray that You’ll change our minds and hearts for the better so that we can be more like You want us to be.

Recommended Extras

Superbook: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream – an animated video from the updated Superbook series, includes time-traveling children who learn lessons from the story
Superbook: Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Season 3



The Writing on the Wall Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about Daniel to teach children about the need to respect God.


Needed: Bibles, a scale and random items, pieces of paper with invisible messages written on them


Intro Game: How Much Does it Weigh? – Bring in a kitchen or body weight scale and make a game show out of having kids guess how much various items weigh. Choose only one student at a time to come forward and answer your questions.

Round 1. Gather a variety of items and simply have kids guess how much they weigh.

Round 2. Weigh an item and have kids guess how much lighter or heavier the next object will be.

Round 3. Set a target weight limit and have kids bring you an item they think will be as close to that as possible. If it’s more than a pound lighter or heavier, reject it.


Lesson: Say, The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshipped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So, God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.

(Read Daniel 5:1-4 with your students.)

“King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.”

Who was King Belshazzar worshipping? (Fake gods – gods made out silver, gold, iron, bronze, wood, and stone.)

What’s wrong with worshipping those fake gods? (There is only one real God, and God’s number 1 rule is that we believe in and worship only Him.)

Why does God want us to believe in and worship only Him? (Because He’s the only real God. He’s the one who made us and can help us.)

(Read Daniel 5:5-6 with your students.)

“Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.”

What did King Belshazzar see writing on the wall? (A human hand.)

It was a hand only. There was no body, only a hand. That would be pretty scary, wouldn’t it?

(Read Daniel 5:7-24 with your students.)

“The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers[a] and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, ‘Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.’

“Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.

“The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. ‘May the king live forever!’ she said. ‘Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.’

“So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, ‘Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom. The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it. Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems. If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”

“Then Daniel answered the king, ‘You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.

“’Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor. Because of the high position He gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled. But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone He wishes.

“’But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from His temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in His hand your life and all your ways. Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.’”

What does Daniel mean when he says that God holds King Belshazzar’s life in His hand? (God can let King Belshazzar live or He can kill him. God is in control of King Belshazzar’s life.)

God is in control of all of our lives too. We’re only alive right now because God wants us to be alive. If God didn’t want us to live anymore, we would die.

(Read Daniel 5:25-28 with your students.)

“’This is the inscription that was written: “mene, mene, tekel, parsin.”

“’Here is what these words mean:

“’Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.

“’Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

“’Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.’”

What was God saying with the first word, “mene”? (That God wasn’t going let King Belshazzar be king anymore.)

What was God saying with the second word, “tekel”? (That King Belshazzar didn’t measure up.)

God wanted the king to be a certain way, but he wasn’t. God wanted the king to be good and believe in Him, but he was bad and believed in fake gods.

God measures us on His scales, too, to see if we measure up, to see if we’re how He wants us to be. We need to think about whether we’re being the people God wants us to be and doing the things that He wants us to do.

What was God saying with the third word, “parsin” or “peres”? (That God was going to give half of the kingdom of Babylon to Media and half of it to Persia.)

(Read Daniel 5:29-31 with your students.)

“Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.

“That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians, was slain, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.”

Why did God make it so that King Belshazzar would be killed? What was the wrong thing that King Belshazzar did? (He didn’t believe in the real God and was worshipping fake gods. He was even using the goblets from God’s Temple for himself to drink out of.)

So, God let someone else come to conquer his kingdom and kill him as a punishment.

Remember, we have to believe in only God and respect Him. Then, He will be happy with us and not punish us like He punished King Belshazzar.


Game: Reading the Invisible Writing – Prepare a few pieces of paper with invisible messages written on them. Prepare them differently if you can. Divide the students into groups of two or three and hand each group one of the pieces of paper. The first group to discover how to read it wins. Then, show each group the trick to reading their piece of paper and have them share what it says.

The messages could read:

1. Mene. Mene. Tikal. Parsin.
2. God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
3. You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
4. Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.

Remind students that when God wrote these words, the writing wasn’t invisible, but the rest of His body was. The people could only see His hand.


Closing Prayer: Lord, we thank You for the warning to King Belshazzar. We pray that You’ll help us to be the people You want us to be. Help us to measure up to Your standards. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.



Daniel in the Lions’ Den Children’s Sunday School Lesson

Use this children’s Sunday School lesson about Daniel in the lions’ den to teach children about God's protection.


Needed: Bibles, soft balls or paper wads, drawing paper, crayons or colored pencils, (optional: yarn or puff balls for lions’ fur, glue)


Intro Activity: 3X Prayer part 1 – Tell students that you’re going to have them try something today. They’re going to pray like someone in the lesson. You’ll ask them to pray silently three times throughout the lesson, and you’ll give them ideas of what to pray each time. For this first time, have students pray to thank God for things He’s done for them or things He’s taught them. They can also praise God for who He is.


Intro Game: Despite All Obstacles – Set up an obstacle course with two mirror paths. Divide the students into two teams. One student from each team runs the obstacle course at a time while the other team members line up along the length of the obstacle course. When they’re not running, the members of the opposite team throw soft balls or paper wads at the runner from the sidelines.

If a student makes it through the obstacle course without being hit, they score a point for their team and return to the sidelines. If they are hit, they go to the sidelines to throw but not run again. After each pair runs the course, gather the balls or paper wads again for the next two to run.

The game ends when all the students have run the course. The team with the most points wins.

Afterward, explain that we have to do the right things in life even when it seems difficult. There might be things that get in the way of us doing the right thing. There might be people who try to keep us from doing the right thing, but we have to keep doing what we know is right.


Lesson: Say, The two kingdoms of Israel and Judah had been conquered. God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer Israel and Judah because the people of Israel and Judah had done so many bad things. They had believed in and worshiped fake gods instead of the real God, and they had done all the wrong things that God didn’t do want them to do. So, God let the Assyrians and the Babylonians conquer their kingdoms and carry the Israelite people back to Assyria and Babylon.

(Read Daniel 6 with your students, or read the following story as a summary.)


Summary Story: When King Darius took over the kingdom of Babylon, he made Daniel one of the rulers of the kingdom. And Daniel did such a good job that King Darius was going to put him in charge of all of Babylon!

Of course, that made the other rulers jealous. Daniel was about to be promoted over them. He was going to be their boss, and they were jealous of him because they wanted to be promoted to be the boss instead. So, they tried to think of ways that they could get Daniel in trouble with King Darius. The problem was that Daniel never did anything wrong, so the other rulers never had anything to tell him on about.

Then, they had an idea. They could get Daniel in trouble if they made up a rule that went against what God said. So, they went to King Darius and said, “King Darius, may you live forever! We all agree that you should make a law that no one is allowed to pray to anyone else except you for the next 30 days. If anyone does pray to anyone except you, they will be thrown into the lions’ den for the lions to eat them.”

King Darius thought this sounded like a good idea, so he made it a law that no one could pray to anyone except him for a whole month.

What was the rule that the other rulers convinced King Darius to make? (The rule was that no one was allowed to pray to God or any fake gods except King Darius for 30 days. If they did, they would be thrown into the lions’ den for the lions to eat them.)

Are we supposed to pray to other people, or only to God? (Only to God.)

Do you think Daniel will follow the rule to stop praying to God and to pray King Darius instead?

When Daniel heard about the new law, he went home, opened his window, and prayed to God, just like he did every day. In fact, Daniel prayed to God in front of his window three times every day.

Why do you think Daniel kept praying to God when it was against the law to pray to anyone except King Darius? (Daniel knew it was more important to listen to God than to listen to the king.)

Why do you think Daniel prayer three times a day? (He wanted to make sure he was remembering God all throughout the day, not only when he was eating or before he went to bed.)


Activity: 3X Prayer part 2 – Have students confess and say they’re sorry for anything wrong they’ve done.

Then, the other rulers went to Daniel’s house and found him praying to God. They went and told King Darius. Now, King Darius liked Daniel, and he didn’t want to arrest him and throw him in the lions’ den, but the other rulers had tricked him into making the law, so he had to do it.

He threw Daniel into the lions’ den and said, “Daniel, I hope your God will rescue you!” Then, he rolled a stone in front of the lions’ den and went away.

The next morning, King Darius came back to see if the lions had eaten Daniel or not.

Do you think the lions ate Daniel?

King Darius told his servants to roll the stone away, and he called, “Daniel, did your God rescue you?”

Daniel answered, “May you live forever, King Darius! Yes, God rescued me. He sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions. God knew that I never do anything wrong against Him and I’ve never done anything wrong against you either, my king.”

Then, King Darius told his servants to lift Daniel out of the lions’ den and to throw the men who tried to get Daniel in trouble into the lion’s den.

Why didn’t the lions eat Daniel? (God sent an angel to shut the mouths of the lions so they couldn’t eat him.)

God knew that Daniel had done the right thing by not praying to King Darius instead of God, so God protected Daniel. Do you think God can protect you too? (Yes.)

God is the strongest person in the whole universe, so whatever problems we have, God can protect us. If we love God and do what is right, then He will protect us, just like He protected Daniel from the lions.


3X Prayer part 3 – Have students ask God for anything they need and for God to help other people who are on their minds.


Game: In the Lions’ Den! – Divide students into two teams. Choose one student on Team A to be Daniel. The rest of the team members are Angels. Team B is the Lions.

The Lions try to tag Daniel, but the Angels try to tag the Lions. When the Angels tag all the Lions or when the Lions tag Daniel, the round is over. Switch roles and play again.

Remind students that God sent His angels to shut the mouths of the lions so that they wouldn’t hurt Daniel.


Craft: Draw It! – Have students draw Daniel in the lions’ den. If you have the supplies, you can also have the kids add fur to the lions. Remind students that God protected Daniel from the lions because Daniel loved God and did the right thing.


Closing Prayer: Father God, we thank You for Daniel’s example. Help us to follow You no matter what other people say. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.


Recommended Extras


  • Superbook:Roar – an animated video from the updated Superbook series, includes time-traveling children who learn lessons from the story
Roar!: Daniel and the Lion's Den


Greatest Heroes & Legends of Bible: Complete Series



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Both of these lessons are included in my book, Hope in Exile.
Hope in Exile: Children Sunday School Lessons from the Time of Israel's Exile by [Wilson, Rev. Stephen R.]
Kindle $1.99, Print $4.99


Find more resources on my Free Children's Sunday School Lessons page!


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