Three Friends Trust God

By Michael English

Summary: Daniel 3 in dramatic form

Bible Reference: Daniel Chapter 3

Characters: Official, Nebuchadnezzar (Abbreviated as Neb to avoid embersing spilling mistooks.), Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Abbreviated as S,M&A to avoid RSI), Narrator.

Props: None essential

Setting: Neb's palace in Babylon

(Nebuchadnezzar is seated on a throne. An official comes in and grovels)

Official: Wotcha, oh great king Nebuchadnezzar.

Neb: Make your report oh lowly scum of the earth.

Official: I am sorry, oh illustrious one who makes the heavens seem dull, but there are three pitiful creeps who are refusing to obey your instructions to worship the great idol that you have set up in Babylonia.

Neb: Bring them here that I may make an example of them. Then all will fear me!

[Official goes out and brings in Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego]

S,M&A: Wotcha oh great and mightily cool king.

Neb: Is it true that you flout my laws and won't worship my imperious statue?

S,M&A: You bet.

Neb: So you admit it eh? You hope I will be merciful. But I am in a mood and will probably throw a wobbler any minute. So look out for the full penalty of the law.

S,M&A: Your Majesty, we do not care. We will not try to defend ourselves. God is able to save us from anything you can dish out, but even if he doesn't then you can be sure we will not worship that stupid statue you have set up.

Neb: Right that does it. Official, what is the penalty for miscreants like these who will not worship my statue. What is written in our laws.

Official: Your majesty will be pleased to learn that the law calls for those who do not worship your tremendous and awe inspiring statue to be cast alive into a blazing furnace, there to meet a swift, but painful end in fire and smoke.

Neb: Make it so. And you can heat the furnace seven times hotter than usual because I am really upset.

Narrator: So the official took the three friends and flung them in the furnace. Nebuchadnezzar watched in glee.

Neb: What's going on? Why aren't those creeps dead yet? Who's the fourth dude in the furnace with them? He's shining.... Oh no, he must be an angel from God. Better get them out of there. If God has sent an angel he might be cross with me.

Narrator: So the three friends were taken out of the furnace. They were unharmed and didn't even smell of smoke.

Neb: Everyone, praise God. For he saved these three who were faithful to him.

Narrator: And the three friends lived happily ever after, or perhaps not. Life's like that.

This script is Copyright 1997 Michael English, All Saints Milton. Permission is given to use this drama in non-profit making church events provided the source is acknowledged. Some editing may be required to suit local conditions. Please let us know if you have any comments.

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