Text: Daniel 5:1-31
Introduction: The King gave a party and invited all of his friends. When we want to do something we like to have those of like interests around and with us; those who will approve of our conduct or behavior. At this party the forces of evil had a field day. There was much corruption and riotous living. It was at the height of the party that Belshazzar called for the vessels of God that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem. While they were drinking from these and praising pagan gods something began to take place. Prior to this time the King and his friends were “living it up.” As the world says, “It doesn’t get any better than this.” Then all of sudden the King’s face grew pale and terror came to his heart. We might say he was “as white as a sheet as if he had seen a ghost.” But we know that it was more than that. The Most High God was making His presence known. He did something that would make them stand up and take notice.
What did Belshazzar do? The same thing that Nebuchadnezzar did, he called on his wise men to tell him what was happening. These counselors could not come up with the answer. It is foolishness to think that the world can have the right answers. Then a familiar tune; Daniel is called in. He read the writing; it was a judgment. (Daniel 5:18-24) What did the inscription mean?
- MENE: God has numbered the days of your reign brought it to an end.
- TEKEL: You have been weighed in the scales and found wanting.
- PERES: Your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and the Persians.
It happened just like God said it would. That very night Babylon fell. What an we learn form this passage that will help us in reaching the lost and strengthening the saved?