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Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin–Daniel 5 Final

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.[

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The Handwriting on the Wall–Daniel 5 Part 1

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.