By the World’s standard—Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son was doing fine. He had a great empire, and while all was not peaceful, his city Babylon was unimpregnable…or so it seemed. Walls so thick that the empire’s chariot races took place on the top of the walls. The best trained army in the known world. Underground water sources that made a siege useless—or so it seemed.
But, The King’s arrogance and pride was so over the top, that it forced God to pronounce judgement “mene, mene, tekel, parsin”—1. The king’s days were numbered and kingdom brought to an end. 2. Belshazzar was weighed in the scales of justice and found wanting. 3 The King would die and Babylon would be divided among the Medes and Persians. His most ingenious resource, the underground water source became a passage for the enemy to float right into the center of his stronghold and vanquish the King’s Army. It was the last night of Belshazzar.
In our lives, we are called to humble ourselves and allow God to lead. He knows sees and controls everything—what could be a better security system for our lives. Instead, we want to control our own lives. We want to show God how good we are at running the show–and as with Belshazzar, we are always weighed in the balance and found wanting. That is why Christ came. He lived to show us God’s ways, He died to show us God’s love and he rose again to restore God’s relationship. He offers that gift and his protection, provision and preparation for our Journey to eternity. He balances the scale and makes us worthy of his Kingdom. He simply asks that we trust him and follow.
God Bless You
So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom…But you, Belshazzar, his son,[d] have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways. 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
25 “This is the inscription that was written:
mene, mene, tekel, parsin
26 “Here is what these words mean:
Mene[e]: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”
29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.
30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians,[h] was slain, 31 and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.[