Sunday Evening 3/25/12

Posted by Sherry


HANDWRITING ON THE WALL
Daniel 5:22-31 
3/25/12 SN
22And you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart and mind, though you knew all this [knew it and were defiant].
    23And you have lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven, and the vessels of His house have been brought 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, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know; but the God in Whose hand your breath is and Whose are all your ways you have not honored and glorified [but have dishonored and disgraced].
    24Then was the part of the hand sent from the presence of [the Most High God], and this writing was inscribed.
    25And this is the [a]inscription that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN--numbered, numbered, weighed, divisions.
    26This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingship and brought them to an end;
    27TEKEL, You are weighed in the balances and are found wanting;
    28[b]PERES, Your kingdom and your kingship are divided and given to the Medes and Persians. [Foretold in Isa. 21:2, 5, 9.]
    29Then Belshazzar commanded, and Daniel was clothed with purple and a chain of gold put about his neck, and a proclamation was made concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
    30During that night Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans was slain,
    31And Darius the Mede took the kingdom; he was about sixty-two years old.
  • v23 SIN brought Belshazzer in conflict with God
    • used gifts of God for selfish reasons
    • depended on material things for livelihood 
    • not giving God glory by surrendering soul
  • GOD’S HAND
    • fashioning - modeled all things
    • supporting - upholds all creatures
    • providing - supplies needs (breath)
    • preserving - dependent creatures
    • chastening - a God of justice & justice prevails (chasten those I love)
    • destroying - in His power to do so (flood, fire)
  • ME’NE...GOD HATH NUMBERED THY KINGDOM & FINISHED IT
    • that is a “personal” statement
    • days are numbered
      • life is a vapor (funeral of infant, teen adult & Sr. Adult)
      • appointed man once to die...judgment
    • Course ended - (God determines the length of our days)
      • two finish lines
        • portals of glory
        • gates of hell
    • Career is finished
      • life’s work carried on by someone else
      • nobody indespensible
  • TE KEL...THOU ARE WEIGHED IN BALANCES & FOUND WANTING
    • Outstanding balance Against You
      • more than you can pay
      • only security deposit against a displeased God is BLOOD
      • NOT:
        • dignity, wealth, military might
    • No Character References
      • Mankind Judged by:
        • holiness
        • truth
        • virtue
        • perfection
    • Don’t weigh self with own scales
      • Better than others (Noah/Flood victims, some more moral but drowned)
      • own opinion (man’s heart is deceitful)
      • estimation of peers or what our Mom thinks of us (they don’t know us...)
    • Scales of Revelation
      • weigh spiritual character (natural man or renewed w/ Christ’s blood?)
      • weigh principles (love God, Trust God, Confide in God)?
      • weigh graces (faith, eternal hope, humble, patient)?
      • weigh experience (Knowledge of God, peace in heart, spiritual strength)?
      • weigh usefulness (talents, submissive spirit, hunger for righteousness)?
  • PE RES...THY KINGDOM IS DIVIDED & GIVEN TO THE MEDES & PERSIANS
    • Long-suffering God - Pharaoh & plagues
      • how long have you known what God has been convicting you about???
    • When you see hand, it’s too late! (Hand of Death)
      • died that night w/ no 2nd chance
    • cast ourself on God’s mercy NOW
CONCL: Belshazzar’s Sins the Same as Yours
  • Sacrilege - used vessels intended for God, for self
    • your body designed to be Temple of God
    • lost people desecrate it by using it for self
  • Defied God - worshipped false gods
    • anything (excuse) you put “before” God is your god
  • Mocked God - rejected truth he learned from grandfather Nebuchadnezzar 
    • if you reject Christ in this invitation
    • you will have completed the trilogy of sins
    • that will send you to eternal destruction right beside Belshazzer

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