There is a lesson for us in the story of the handwriting on the wall in the book of Daniel.
[Darris McNeely] I’ve been going through Daniel 5 recently in my class with our students at Ambassador Bible College. And this time, it seemed to resonate a little bit better. You can always tell when you connect with students over a passage of the Bible. I was reading about the story of the handwriting on the wall, the feast of Belshazzar, the fall of Babylon. And this hand appears out of nowhere and begins to write words upon a wall during a banquet and everyone gets upset and nervous, and they call in Daniel to interpret the handwriting on the wall.
But to get to Daniel, Belshazzar the king had to be reminded of something by his mother, actually, his grandmother, the queen. When she came in and reminded him that, “Your magicians, your astrologers, they’re not gonna be able to interpret this handwriting. You need to call in this man named Daniel, who during your grandfather’s time, was an individual who could interpret dreams.” But what she says about him in Daniel 5:11 Daniel 5:11There is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar your father, the king, I say, your father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
American King James Version×, I’ve always really kind of just paused on and thought of that because it’s what I would like to have said about me. Let’s read what she said about Daniel the prophet. She said, “There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father,” that would have been Nebuchadnezzar, “light, and understanding, and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods were found in him.” She goes on to say how Daniel had interpreted dreams and visions for Nebuchadnezzar. Light, wisdom, and understanding. That’s a pretty tall order.
This was a queen, we would call her a pagan queen. She didn’t fully know the true God, but she saw something in Daniel that she knew was right. Light, wisdom, and understanding like the wisdom of the gods. I was telling the students, “Wouldn’t that be a great epitaph or compliment to have said about us?” We can have that. You can have that.
If we apply ourselves diligently to God’s word, if we would be like Daniel and pray three times a day, put everything in God’s hands, and faith, and obey God, then light, wisdom, and understanding could be something that could be inscribed in our heart.
You know, people like to inscribe things on their flesh all the time. The Bible talks about God’s law being written upon our heart. And if you look at light, wisdom, and understanding was in Daniel, that would be something for all of us to strive to have by the spirit of God and by the grace of God in our own life. Resonated with the students, always does with me when I go through, and I hope it does with you.
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