After the reign of his father, King Belshazzar took the throne of the empire of Babylon. As is the case with many sons that become king, Belshazzar had little regard for his father’s ideas and beliefs. After all, his dad went crazy for 7 years.
So Belshazzar set about doing things his way. He abandoned the faith of his dad and became a proud and partying King.
So sure he was of his position. that he threw a party for 1000 of his nobles. Sadly, during the party, he not only disregarded his father’s faith, he defiled it by using sacred cups from the temple of God. That was a mistake– he would not soon forget.
It is critical, that we honor the lessons learned by the ones who have gone before us. There was is no need to make the same bad decisions simply because we can. Belshazzar saw what his father’s pride cost him. His father told the world. Yet, rather than accept the truth and blessing that came with it, Belshazzar flaunted his disregard. Such pride and folly ends poorly. It did for Belshazzar, and it will for us. We must simply trust him and follow him, and as we do, allow him to bless and protect us. Then we can honor him with our lives and our families. Happy New Year.
God Bless You
Many years later King Belshazzar gave a great feast for 1,000 of his nobles, and he drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking the wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver cups that his predecessor, Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. He wanted to drink from them with his nobles, his wives, and his concubines. So they brought these gold cups taken from the Temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. While they drank from them they praised their idols made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone. Suddenly, they saw the fingers of a human hand writing on the plaster wall of the king’s palace, near the lampstand. The king himself saw the hand as it wrote, and his face turned pale with fright. His knees knocked together in fear and his legs gave way beneath him.