Daniel 5- Handwriting on the wall
When we come to Daniel 5, Nebuchadnezzar had died after a 43-year reign. and now, King Belshazzar is ruling over the
Babylonian part of the empire. He is throwing a great banquet for 1000 high ranking people.
He mocked God by using the sacred vessels from the temple of God to toast Babylon`s pagan gods.
“Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of
the king`s palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote: Then the king`s
color changed and his thoughts alarmed him, his limbs gave way and his knees knocked together” (5:5-6)
The distraught king was visibly shaken. He promised whoever could interpret the writing, to be clothed
in purple, and have a chain of gold around his neck and be third in command. None of the pagan
wise men had a clue of the meaning. The queen entered and suggested he ask Daniel.
Daniel was summoned to come and interpret the words for him but he made it clear that he was not motivated by the king`s gifts.
He began by telling him how God had dealt with Nebuchadnezzars great pride and humbled him in the grassy fields, to live and eat like wild animals. He reminded Belshazzar that he had not humbled his heart, knowing this, and lifted himself up against the Lord. Meme, Meme, Tekel, and Parsin
was the writing, meaning God had numbered the days of his kingdom and brought
it to an end. He had been weighed on God`s scales and found lacking. His kingdom was to be
divided and given tot he Medes and Persians.
That very night, Belshazzar, was killed.
Darius the Mede received the kingdom.
Throughout his entire life, Daniel demonstrated integrity and faithful obedience to God. He was not
motivated by the kings’ threats nor their rewards. He was aware that God alone, was his judge.
To think about:
Reflect on your motivations as you make decisions. Do your motives need God to transform them?
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord
you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Col. 3:23-24
Daniel 6- the Lion`s Den
As Daniel served the new king, Darius, his talent, experience, and integrity quickly distinguished
him. Darius had plans to set him over the whole kingdom. This pending promotion
provoked other administrators and satraps to look for a way to remove him. His integrity and
truthfulness angered his peers. The only way they could do it was for them to find
a connection with the law of his God. This scheming hatched a devious plot to eliminate him.
They suggested to Darius, a 30 day period in which all prayer would be dedicated to him.
When Daniel heard the king’s decree, he refused to change his habit of daily prayer. He
quietly submitted himself to God, praying as he had always prayed, allowing God to be
his judge and defender. His enemies used his faith as an excuse to target him. They hurried
to Darius with the news. He was greatly distressed. He regarded Daniel highly but he had
to follow through with his decree. He gave the order for Daniels`s punishment. He spoke
to Daniel, as he was sealing the den`s entrance with his own signet ring, “May your God, whom you serve continually deliver you!” (6;16)
He couldn`t sleep all night and hurried to the lions’ den at dawn`s first light. He cried out
in anguish, hoping against hope, “O Daniel servant of the living God, has your God, whom you
serve continually been able to deliver you from the lions?” Daniel responded,
“O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lion’s mouths, and they have not harmed me because I was found blameless before Him. and also before you, O king, I have done no harm” (6:21-22)
The king praises Daniel`s God.
In Chapter 6 as well as chapter 3, the heroes were loyal servants of the government, but they
refused to compromise their faith, even when threatened with death. In both chapters,
jealous fellow officials brought the charges. The believers faced what looked like certain death.
But they were miraculously saved by God, who showed His overwhelming power to the kings involved.
To think about:
No matter how bad things get, God is still in control. God encourages us to call out to him in
good times as well as bad, just as Daniel was in the habit of doing.
How consistent is your prayer life? He is waiting…..
Calling today, calling today!
Why from the sunshine of love wilt thou roam,
Farther and farther away?
Calling today! calling today!
Jesus is calling, is tenderly calling today!
Calling today! calling today!
Bring Him thy burden and thou shalt be blest:
He will not turn thee away.
Waiting today! waiting today!
Come with thy sins, at His feet lowly bow;
Come, and no longer delay.
Hear Him today! hear Him today!
They who believe on His name shall rejoice:
Quickly arise, come away!