“9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a Book was therein;10 And He spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.” Ezekiel 2:9-10
Through a series of events yesterday I was led to Daniel chapter 5. I will attempt to tell this story as succinctly as possible. As I was reading on the computer Ezekiel Chapter 2, this verse of Scripture from Ezekiel led me to look up in my Bible (not the digital version I was reading on the computer but my actual Bible) Daniel chapter 5.
“In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” Daniel 5:5
I would encourage you to read all of Daniel Chapter 5. I remind you, at this point I was just doing my routine Bible reading when the Lord dropped in my heart what I posted yesterday regarding faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Sadly, too many preachers are preaching out of everything but the Word of God and directing the people’s faith to vain philosophies. Here is a link to yesterday’s post for reference, Consider What You’re Hearing.
After writing yesterday’s post and taking care of some other distractions, I returned to my routine reading online of my Bible and it was on Daniel Chapter 5. I was taken back by this occurrence. Remember, I was reading in Ezekiel Chapter 2 on the computer. That being said, I realized the Lord was trying to show me something. The Lord talks to His Children through His Word, not vain imaginations, so I read again but this time paying closer attention but I still didn’t understand. After much prayer, during church yesterday morning the Lord gave me the understanding I was seeking.
Belshazzar was King Nebuchadnezzar’s son (actually his grandson) who was the king of the Babylonian Empire that God used as His instrument to overtake the rebellious Israelites and destroy the Temple. King Nebuchadnezzar’s glory was taken from him because his heart was lifted up and hardened with pride and he was literally brought to his knees and fed grass like oxen. King Nebuchadnezzar had gone mad until he lifted up his eyes unto Heaven, and his understanding returned unto him, and he blessed the most High, and praised and honored God (Daniel 4:31-37).
However, Belshazzar knew not Jehovah God and was greatly troubled by the handwriting on the wall. His soothsayers, astrologers and “wise men” could not give him the interpretation leaving Belshazzar without understanding of the handwriting on the wall. This was the same Hand that wrote the Commandments on the stone tablets and on the ground regarding the accused woman (John 8:6-8) and Belshazzar, his wise men or soothsayers had no understanding. They were of the world and the world has no understanding of the Word of God (1 Cor. 2:14).
There are many today who see the handwriting on the wall, yet have no understanding because their soothsayers and wise men have tickled their itchy ears. When the man or woman of God comes to give them the understanding, they choose to continue in their rebellion.
“22 And you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this; 23 But have lifted up thyself against the Lord of Heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you, and your lords, your wives, and your concubines, have drunk wine in them; and you have praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in Whose Hand your breath is, and Whose are all your ways, have you not glorified: 24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.
25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.
26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God has numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
27 Tekel; You are weighed in the balances, and are found wanting.
28 Peres; Your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.” Daniel 5:22-28
Pride has lifted many up as they hold tight to their kingdom. Faith in self will has concluded in rebellion to God’s Will. Seek to understand the writing of the wall. Heed the warning and repent.
“And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23.
-Donna Clark Warren