“It looks just like the statue in the King’s dream,” Hannah said.
“Yeah,” James agreed. “It’s arms are folded across it’s chest and it looks like a royal leader.”
“It looks like King Nebuchaddnezar,” Paul said pointing at the King standing center-stage not far from the statue, “and there is one major difference between that statue and the one in the dream.”
“What?” James blurted.
“It’s gold from head to foot!” Paul said.
“Hey,” James said, “you’re right! Why would he do that?”
“Maybe it was too hard to build it out of lots of different metals,” Hannah said.
“No,” Paul said. “I don’t think Nebucadnezzar liked the idea of his kingdom coming to an end, so he is trying to rewrite the prophecy by making an all gold statue!”
“As if that’s gonna work!” James laughed. “God is not going to change his plans because a selfish king wants to be eternal.”
“True!” Paul said.
Just then a chorus of horns blasted three short pulses. The crowd went quiet. A herald stepped toward a massive cone-like megaphone and shouted, “People of all races and nations and languages, listen to the king’s command! When you hear the sound of the musical instruments, bow to the ground to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s gold statue. Anyone who refuses to obey will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
“Oh, I know this story,” James said, almost to himself.
“The fiery furnace,” Hannah said.
“Yup,” the boys said together. On the left side of the stage the huge metal smelting furnace used to make the statue burned it’s warning to the people, ‘bow or burn.’
Suddenly a swell of sound came from the various instruments on the stage. Like a wave, the thousands of people gathered for this great event all bowed to the great statue. All except Daniel’s three friends.
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