Grasping at the robes of Belshazzar

Daniel 5

The Babylonian Empire is on its way out. Belshazzar rules, but he is not his father. Daniel is called in to interpret once again, but he knows what is going on already.

Belshazzar foolishly offers Daniel riches if he will interpret the writing on the wall. 

Here is what we will be talking about Sunday at Heights Church. As we face the election on November 8 and the Christian “political right” is seeing its last gasps of influence fade away… there is the temptation to see the robes of Belshazzar and want them. That has been the mistake of the American church for a long time, “left” and “right.” We’ve been attracted to the rewards of being around power. But unlike Daniel, we don’t refuse the trappings. We’ve taken the trappings and paid the price.

The opportunity is before us to rise up like Daniel and refuse the robes of Belshazzar finally and speak and live a prophetic word to our culture.

This can be our time… or we can go the way of the handwriting on the wall.

See you Sunday.

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2 thoughts on “Grasping at the robes of Belshazzar

  1. 13 So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom.

    I’m looking forward to the teaching on Sunday! When reading through this story, this also stood out to me. I’m curious about it. It seems odd that the king did not know Daniel considering his role in his father’s life. Daniel, it appears, kept doing his work with integrity and excellence. He did not, nor really ever, forced his way into the spotlight with the kings, instead they mostly sought him out when they exhausted all their other options. Can we be content with simple obedience in our daily lives—leading our families, loving our spouses, working hard with integrity, loving/helping our neighbors, blessing rather than cursing! If so, perhaps the world will come looking for us when they distressed and have no answer.

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