Archive for January 15th, 2014

Daniel 5

Daniel 5 has the prophet doing another interpretation, but this time for King Belshazzar, son of Nebuchadnezzar, a new king on the throne.  They are partying and celebrating and a hand appears and writes on the wall of the castle.  The king calls his advisors and wise men in to tell him what it means, but they can’t.  The queen however, knows of Daniel and says “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy god….In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him”.  Reputation matters, and Daniel had a reputation of being able to come in and show the interpretation.

So the king brings Daniel in and offers him a great reward if he can tell him what the writing means.  “Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom”.  Not a bad payoff for giving a simple answer to the problem at hand.  But Daniel is not interested in power of position.  He is simply a servant of God.  He tells the king “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation”.  He isn’t doing it for money.  He is just using God’s power to bring honor and glory to God.

The writing is directed at the new king.  Daniel explains this about Nebuchadnezzar, the new king’s father.  “When his heart was lifted up and his spirit was hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was brought down from his kingly throne, and his glory was taken from him”.  Pride was the downfall of the prior king.  And God is dealing with it again in Belshazzar through Daniel’s interpretation.  “And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven”.

Some pretty tough interpreting that Daniel has to do.  But he does it, and calls the king on the carpet for being prideful and off base.  And Daniel tells him that he will die and his kingdom be taken away.  Daniel was “clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom”.  But more importantly, “That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed”.  What Daniel said didn’t just come to pass, it happened that very night.  That was a timely message.  Daniel once again serves well and points the glory to God.

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