Week of September 10, 2020
Daniel 5:1-2, 13-14 (NKJV) — 1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand. 2 While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. 13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke, and said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel who is one of the captives from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.
Belshazzar was arrogant and prideful, throwing a party despite being attacked by the Persian army. He further displayed his arrogance, blaspheming and mocking the Almighty God by using God’s temple vessels to party and worship his god. You are a vessel used for God’s good works (2 Tim 2:21) and your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19)! In contrast to Belshazzar, Daniel remained faithful through 6 kings and many changes in his life over 65 years of captivity.
Are you using the vessel from God’s temple to exalt yourself or to glorify God?
What can you do to maintain a Godly reputation and remain faithful through all the changes in your life?
Daniel 5:22, 26-28 (NKJV) — 22 “But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this. 26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; 28 PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”
Daniel let Belshazzar know that Belshazzar knew better and knew that God was the authority over all. Belshazzar had enough warnings and the time for judgement had arrived. Pastor Weston told us on Sunday that we are in the mission field to those God is warning and making Himself known to.
Is there someone in your life that you can make God known too before it’s too late for them and there are no more chances?
If you were weighed in the balances today, where would you be found wanting?