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Don’t Do What Your Idol’s Want

February 18, 2015

Daniel 5:22-23
“But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this. And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.

“Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin” Don’t do anything that will cause this to be written on your wall in your home. Two of my sister’s got this on their bedroom walls, same room and same reason. It happens when your caught stealing God’s properties. I decided if God wanted every part of me, I surrendered all to Him I freely gave. It became His, so if it’s stolen, it’s stolen from God. Think about it.

Daniel 5:25-28 NASB

“Now this is the inscription that was written out: ‘MENĒ, MENĒ, TEKĒL, UPHARSIN.’ This is the interpretation of the message:
‘MENĒ’-God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it.  ‘TEKĒL’-you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient.  ‘PERĒS’-your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.”

The context of this verse is a King (Belshazzar) of Babylon encountering God through, “The writing on the wall.” A hand appeared and began writing unintelligible words on the wall while the King was using the treasures of God’s temple to throw a party. Here we see a strong warning to us about the worship of idols. Belshazzar was son of Nebuchadnezzar (a former king of Babylon who heard from God through Daniel on multiple occasions), thus was no stranger to the influence and power of God, or the person of Daniel. Don’t ignore God or keep idols. Worship the One who is Worthy.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.


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