Sunday, June 23, 2019

Daniel 5

Today's reading in our daily plan is Daniel 5. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The events of this chapter take place decades after the chapter we read yesterday. A new king, named Belshazzar, hosts a banquet for about 1,000 officials.
  • He commands his servants to bring in expensive items, and they begin using those expensive items to make sacrifices to false gods.
  • In the middle of the sacrifices, a mysterious hand appears and writes a cryptic message on the wall. No one can figure out what it means.
  • A lady remembers that Daniel had, decades earlier, interpreted dreams for King Nebuchadnezzar. She tells Belshazzar about this and he sends someone to get Daniel.
  • Daniel arrives and reads the writing. He tells the King that, just like his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar, he has allowed his own pride to grow his kingdom. Daniel tells him that he should turn from his selfishness and begin to rely on God.
  • Belshazzar is amazed by Daniel's interpretation and promotes him to the third-highest ruler.
  • That night, Belshazzar is killed.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Belshazzar repeated the mistake of his predecessor: he let his pride grow too strong.
  • Jusst like Belshazzar, if we're not careful, we can repeat the mistakes of people who have come before us. This is especially true as it relates to people in our families, and people who were influential parts of our lives.
  • We need to be careful not to repeat the sins of people who came before us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Do you struggle with a habit or addiction that one of your family members struggled with? If you're in a difficult set of cirucumstances and reflect back on how you got there, do you share any similiarities with loved ones who experienced similar pain?
  • Ask God to help you break free from the habits you were taught, and to guide your next steps. Talk to him regularly about how you're feeling, and listen to his voice more carefully than your own internal thoughts, pridefulness, or voices from others in your life.