Explore the Bible
August 10, 2014
Daniel 5:1-6, 16-17, 23c-28
The events of Daniel 5 really happened! Historians and archaeologists have given us an accurate portrait of the Babylon of the Bible.
Belshazzar served as a co-regent with his father, Nabonidus. Belshazzar hosted a party while the city was under siege. Babylon fell at night while a great feast was in progress. The Persians were successful by diverting the waters of the Euphrates River and by persuading someone to open the gates.
Excavations have also uncovered a great room, which could easily accommodate a large crowd and which was decorated with white plaster walls, on which writing could have been seen by all (Dan. 5:1, 5).
Truth: History repeats. We must learn from mistakes of previous generations.
At this point in the Book of Daniel, a new king is on the throne and everyone seems to have forgotten Daniel, consultant to Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel, as a true prophet, spoke the truth. He spoke not merely words the king wanted to hear, but words that came to pass that night. (Don’t overlook the wisdom, experience, faith and example of senior adults in our churches.)
Truth: God confronts sin. God is Light. Light exposes the darkness of sin (1 John 1:5, Eph. 5:8-11, 13).
Remember Ezekiel 18:4 and 26.
“The one who sins is the one who will die” (Ezek. 18:4).
All are held accountable. There is one Judge (James 4:12). Interestingly, the name “Daniel” means “God judges”!
Truth: Nations, as well as individuals, have been warned. Judgment is coming. Spiritual leaders are calling all to pray for our nation.
The message: Your days are numbered. You have been weighed in the balance of the Lord and found lacking. There will be a time when warnings cease; it will be too late. No more time to repent.
The “handwriting is on the wall,” America: Refuse to honor and obey God, then the party is over!