DOUBLE DESTINY DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Wednesday 17 July, 2019
Text: Daniel 5:1-8
HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU❓
1 Cor. 10:12
Daniel chapter 5 records the decline and fall of the great Babylonian kingdom which rose to the peak under the despot king, Nebuchadnezzar. Nothing is permanent in life except change. Belshazzar was a grandson to Nebuchadnezzar. He served as co-regent with his father Nabonidus. Belshazzar had the opportunity to rule one of the most famous kingdoms of the Middle East in the Ancient world. But, he lost it because of pride and over-confidence.
He organized a feast when he was expected to be on guard over Medes and Persia combined forces against his kingdom under Cyrus. At the time of the feast, Babylon was already surrounded by soldiers. He relied completely on Babylon’s impregnable walls. In his drunken state, Belshazzar gave an order that the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem be brought so that “the king and his lord’s, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them” (v2). Belshazzar and his guests did not only drink from the Lord’s vessels but also praised their pagan idols (v4). By drinking from God’s golden vessels, the King dishonored the living God.
While they were having this profane feast, God came in His anger and a man’s “fingers appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the King’s palace; and the King saw the part of the hand that wrote”(v5). At this the King’s countenance changed, and fear griped him, “… the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other” (v6). Daniel was brought and he interpreted each word (v26-28).
📌MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it.
📌TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances and found wanting.
📌PERES: Your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.
He received a “Red Card”. That same night he was killed and his kingdom was taken over by the Medes and Persia (v31). Don’t be like Belshazzar.
True confidence must be centered on God.
Lord, help me to rely fully on You.
BIBLE READING FOR THE YEAR:
1kings 10-11; Matthew 8:18-34
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