In Daniel Chapter 5 we have the account of The King Belshazzar, the son of King Nebuchadnezzar. He was hosting a great feast for 1000 of his lords and drank wine with them. During the feast the king saw the fingers of a man’s hand writing on the plaster wall near a lamp stand. All of the king’s wise men were called to read the words written on the wall and interpret them. If one of them could interpret the words, the king would reward him by making him the third ruler in his kingdom.
They could not figure out the meaning of what was written. But Daniel was remembered, and was mentioned to the king as having an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles and explaining enigmas. So, he was called to give the interpretation.
Because King Belshazzar had not given glory to God for all the things God had provided for him, but actually worshiped them as idols, the Lord sent the man’s hand to write on the wall: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This was the interpretation:
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.
Then King Belshazzar made Daniel the third ruler in his kingdom. That very night King Belshazzar was slain.
Are you wondering what this is leading to? Is this just about Daniel? Is it just about King Belshazzar? Is it about those who didn’t understand the meaning of the writing on the wall? That may be partially true. No, this is more about the Lord’s authority over mankind’s choices that can lead to a man’s own downfall if we don’t give glory, honor and recognition to the One Who Sends Forth His Word.
You may have read many times in Isaiah 55 that says “I send forth My Word, it will not return to Me void. It will accomplish the purpose for which I sent it. You more than likely read in First Corinthians 2 where it states that “The eye has not seen, nor the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has in store for those who love Him. But God reveals those things to us, those who love Him, by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, even the deep things of God. Daniel did not receive the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who was from God; and he came to know the things that were freely given to him by God.
But the natural man, such as King Belshazzar, and the 1000 of his lords, does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them for they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual, such as Daniel was, judges all things, yet he himself was rightly judged by no one. The name Daniel means “God is my judge.” He was one of the captives of Judah, living in Babylon.
Is there something that has been keeping you captive? Do you find yourself “wanting in the balances”, as if the bad things you think of yourself far outweigh the good? It may be true that the choices you have made has led you down a path that has been very destructive in your life; destructive for yourself as well as for the relationships you used to enjoy. How long has it been since you tried to make things right with the Lord? Do you believe nothing will help you turn around, to turn back to your first love? Are you aware of Who your First Love really is?
There is a way, as it says in Proverbs, that seems right to a man , but it leads to a path of destruction. Daniel, in spite of his captivity and imprisonment, kept his heart right before the Lord, and the Lord delivered him time after time, from the mouths of the lions in the lion’s den, and from being falsely imprisoned. And the Lord used Daniel as an instrument of righteousness to rightly divide and interpret the message that the Lord intended for those who would not glorify Him.
Today, we need to get our own hearts right before the Lord, even if it means doing so again and again, until it has finally been settled in your heart that God’s ways of doing things in life really is the best way. The Lord Jesus Christ has made a way of escape from your sin, for you, with the passion that only He could accomplish. His death on the Cross and His resurrection from the dead, has provided the way of escape from the sinful nature that had ruled your life. In the words of a song, this has been expressed perfectly:
Living He loved me;
Dying He saved me
Buried He carried my sins all away;
Rising He justified;
Freed me forever;
Now He is coming back again;
Oh Glorious day, Oh Glorious Day.
“Come unto Me, you who labor and are heavily laden, and I will give you rest. Come and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matt 11 : 28 – 30. “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4: 10.