Daniel 5:1-12 – January 11
Who’s really in charge of your 2017? To start us out in our right place this new year, we’re walking with Daniel this month, learning how God crafts every detail in His plan from creation of the world and history to the smallest details in our lives. He reigns over everything, and still He loves us through every moment of our lives. Join our study by following along with the reading plan then reflecting and journaling on each day’s reading to humble yourself before Him and listen. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading followed by a SOAP journal note from one of our study leaders. If you’re wondering what SOAP is…it’s a method of Bible study that focuses on applying scripture to our every days. Read more about it on our website.
Daniel 5:1-12 – The Writing on the Wall
5 King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. 2 While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 3 So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. 4 As they drank the wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.
5 Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. 6 His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.
7 The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. 9 So King Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.
10 The queen, hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. “May the king live forever!” she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners. 12 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”
The Writing on the Wall | Rebecca Hoyt
Daniel 5:5-6, 9
My Bible has some interesting notes about King Belshazzar (I had to go back and look again at what king Nebuchadnezzar called Daniel, because the names are so close — Daniel was named Belteshazzar). Nebuchadnezzar died in 562B.C. Nabonidus, who was not of royal descent, assumed the throne about six years later. Nabonidus was recognized as Babylon’s last king, and when the kingdom fell to the Medo -Persians, he was not killed but offered a pension. However archaeological discoveries have proven that Belshazzar was the firstborn son of Nabonidus and the acting ruler or co-regent in Babylon, while his father spent several years of his reign pursuing religious and archaeological interests in Arabia.
To get the king’s attention on what he was trying to tell them, God had to use some bold measures. They were terrified. In my life when a gentle nudge from God didn’t get my attention, He’s had to use stronger measures for me to see what He’s trying to teach me. In the last few years, He’s used stronger measures to teach me to give up my control to Him and to put Him above all else. I’m still working on others, hopefully without the need for Him to put something in my life that really gets my attention; I’m hoping the gentle whisper will work.
Dear Lord, thank You for the way You talk to each of us if we take the time to listen. Please help me in 2017 to continue to work on trusting You with my worries and fears and give them to You. Please help me also with my health, so I can be healthy before anything happens to get my attention.
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