The Writing on the Wall

Reading in Daniel 5, Belshazzar was entertaining a large group of his leaders at a banquet. The mood of Belshazzar was of happiness and of a sense of security because the empire was so great and well protected. No one thought the Babylonian empire would ever be destroyed.

During the banquet, Belshazzar decided to use the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar had seized from the temple of God in Jerusalem. The celebratory group drank wine from the goblets and praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone as they drank.

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lamp stand in the royal palace (v. 5). The occasion turned from one of happiness to one of fear. The king had his wise men come in to read the writing on the wall but they couldn’t. The queen remembered how Daniel had interpreted dreams so they contacted Daniel.

Daniel explained before his interpretation that Belshazzar had his priorities wrong. He had not humbled himself even though he should have learned from what happened to Nebuchadnezzar. Belshazzar had the same arrogance and pride problem as Nebuchadnezzar. He had also turned from God and he had worshiped idols. Daniel then interpreted the writing on the wall saying in essence that Belshazzar would be killed and the kingdom would be taken over by Darius the Mede. That evening, what Daniel interpreted took place and Belshazzar was killed.

We can only feel a sense of security when we accept the grace of God. We know today that the writing is on the wall for all of us unless we accept Christ as Savior. The things of this world can easily be lost and are of little significance compared to the things of God therefore we should focus more on the things of God. The writing on the wall for Belshazzar was you’re done, you’re finished, and it’s all over.

Lord, as we live this day with you, we pray that we will do what you would want us to do and hope that some day we can see written on the wall “Well done my faithful servant”.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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4 Responses to The Writing on the Wall

    • Mark Shields says:

      Thanks for reading and your affirmation. Let us live this day with God and joyfully offer our time, attitude, energy, and words.

      • altruistico says:

        You’re welcome, mark and thank you for sharing the Gospel to the world. May all of our Praise and Glory be towards God our Father through Christ Jesus His Son.

        May the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you and keep you, Mark.

  1. A Servant says:

    I appreciate the effort on your part to share this study.

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