††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† August 14, 2005
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† † Daniel 5 & 6
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† ch. 5
Read all the chapter verse by† verse
v. 2 - the desecration of the Temple utensils
v. 4 - praise to everyone but God to whom it is due -
"give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name"
"thou shalt have no other gods before me"
Drunkenness, profligacy and profanity - sinful
v. 5† - "In the same hour" - the intoxication of
††††††††††† pleasure may blind us to approaching judgment,
††††††††††† but cannot stay it.
Eccl. 8:11-13††††††††††††† Luke 9:54-56
Ezekiel 7:13 - "neither shall any strengthen himself
††††††††††††††††††††††† in the iniquity of his life"
II Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is......longsuffering to usward
††††††††††† not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL
††††††††††† should come to repentance"
Out of the darkness came the hand.
v. 6 - a change of tune
The omen of a hand - had actually written -† had
left words - Belshazzar was sure the message was
laden with fate.
It is a delusion to suppose one will have good warning
and time for repentance before we meet the Judge.
For Belshazzar, there was gross negligence - the enemy
was at the gate and he is reveling in effeminate orgies.
v. 9 - the effect on Belshazzar and his lords
v. 19 - the arbitrariness of Nebuchadnezzar
v. 20 -
v. 21 - "till he knew the Most High God ruled in the
††††††††††† kingdom of men"
v. 22 - practical atheism associated with epicurean
††††††††††† life style† - extravagance - false security -
The intimate relation existing between moral and
spiritual degradation generally and alcohol/now drugs.
v. 23 - "and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and
††††††††††† whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified"
The universal human duty of glorifying God - we enjoy
the life He gives and the fruits of His goodness.
The neglect of our duty to glorify God is the root
of all sin - when God is dethroned from the shrine
of our hearts all forms of evil take His place.
Idolatry, the worship of false gods, is only possible
when the worship of the true God is neglected.
Indulgence in sinful pleasures is possible only when
the pure pleasures of Divine things are lost.
Insulting God by bringing the harem into the
banquet room set by the utensils that were
sanctified for the use only for God.
The indifference of a passive atheism associated
with an open and defiant antagonism against God.
So much for things constitutional - "to promote the
vs. 25-28 - "found wanting"† -summons, trial and
††††††††††† sentence - we are all given sufficient time and
††††††††††† opportunity to bring forth fruit - we have not
††††††††††† the leisure of eternity to postpone the work of
††††††††††† today until tomorrow.
John 9:4 - "I must work the works of Him that sent
††††††††††† me, while it is day:† the night cometh when
††††††††††† no man can work"
"weighed" - "found wanting"
Corruption, disintegration, dissolution, spiritual death
in outer darkness - the mysterious doom of sin unrepented
and persisted in to the end - James 1:15
It was the king's own sin and folly of that very hour that
led straight to Belshazzar's ruin.
vs. 6 & 9 - terror - awakening - the king asks for help from
the scientists real or pretended -† those acquainted with things
material - mental - psyche - a false science that was USELESS.
A competent leader in natural philosophy or psychology are of
no use in dealing with a conscience awakened and alarmed!
vs. 11-12, 16 - Man needs to know the deeper things of life -
such are revelations from God and such Daniel knew -
v. 22 - infidelity to revelation
v. 23 - substituting shadows for God
Sacrilege, indecency, drunkenness, prostration
before idols, infatuations, profanities, improprieties,
sensualisms of the 21st century differ in form maybe,
but not in spirit, as those in the times of Belshazzar.
THEY WILL MEET THE SAME END - BEWARE!
Puritans - Glorify God - background of this nation -
New Era yesterday - deep religious background of
famous academic institutions - now totally secular.
Failure to glorify God - a foul up of a man's prime duty!
We put the highest honor on Him when we repeat His
likeness - to glorify God is to reflect God!
This was to be the final end of our creation!
CHRIST CAME TO FACILITATE THIS!
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ch. 6
vs. 1-3 - "Daniel was first" - who would not want his
††††††††††† expertise - ch. 5:11-12,16
vs. 4-5 - jealousy - high office provokes envy - prominent
††††††††††† positions are exposed to searching criticism -
††††††††††† they would not pay the price - wanted the
††††††††††† benefits - the prestige - easy way - men wish to
††††††††††† gain the fruits of virtue rather than virtue itself -
††††††††††† if they cannot rise to the elevation of their rival,
††††††††††† they seek to bring him down to ther level or
††††††††††† to destroy him altogether - only way to
††††††††††† find fault was with "the law of his God"
Seeming success makes Envy bold - she will involve the
king himself in her murderous scheme - a crafty use of
flattery will win his powerful patronage - masked under
the pretense of excessive loyalty.
Murder is the final act in her program.†
It is a perilous thing to harbor an evil principle in
any corner of the heart.
Depose Daniel - injure his reputation with the king - any
thing to topple him?
It matters little to Envy whether she speaks the
language of truth or falsehood - whether she employs
just or unjust tactics - thus the modern scrutiny of
those trying to control politics.
How ironical -
George Washington - "It is impossible to rightly
††††††††††† govern the world without God and the Bible"
Daniel Webster - "If we abide by the principles taught
††††††††††† in the Bible, our country will go on prospering
††††††††††† and to prosper, but if we and our posterity
††††††††††† neglect its instructions and authority, no man
††††††††††† can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm
††††††††††† us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
Thomas Huxley - "The Bible has been the Magna Carta
††††††††††† of the poor and oppressed.† The human race is not
††††††††††† in a position to dispense with it"
U. S. Grant - "The Bible is the sheet anchor of our liberties"
Andrew Jackson - "That book, sir, is the rock on
††††††††††† which our republic rests"
John Quincy Adams - "So great is my veneration for
††††††††††† the Bible that the earlier my children begin to
††††††††††† read it the more confident will be my hope
††††††††††† that they will prove to be useful citizens of
††††††††††† their country and respectable members of
Daniel prayed and made supplication to the Lord
his God three times a day.
vs. 6-8 - a conspiracy of Daniel's co-presidents
In the long run right will triumph, but here and
now wrong often triumphs.
Courage, strength, & independence of character
are indispensable to a faithful Christian -
v. 9 - Darius' weakness
v. 10 - Daniel was resolved - every habit of his life
††††††††††† had been formed under the guidance of God,
††††††††††† wisdom and discretion - terror shall not rob
††††††††††† him of advantages which experience had given.
††††††††††† God had been a True and Trusty Friend for
††††††††††† over seven decades - it would be base ingratitude
††††††††††† to neglect Him now!
††††††††††† Daniel's habit - I Kings 8:48 (I remember one
††††††††††† day at Ferguson High School reading this while waiting,
††††††††††† †in the truck, for my father
Prayer is a help to the performance of duty!† Prayer can
be no more neglected with profit, than not eating or
Christ spent much time in prayer
vs. 11-13 - the accusation -
"that Daniel"† - compare II Chron. 28:19-23 (read)
"this is that Ahaz" - I remember one of Spurgeonís Sermons
† on this!
v. 14 - Darius' remorse - a constitutional dilemma
v. 16 - "Thy God whom thou servest continually,
††††††††††† He will deliver thee"
v. 18 - a miserable night for the king
v. 20 - "O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy
††††††††††† God, whom thou servest continually, able to
††††††††††† deliver thee from the lions?"
vs. 21-22 - "My God hath sent His angel, and hath
††††††††††† shut the lions' mouths"
Wild beasts do not disobey the will of God - man alone
v. 23 - "no manner of hurt was found upon him,
††††††††††† because he believed in his God"
v. 24 - It is dangerous to show enmity to the weakest
††††††††††† man who stands on the side of right - all the
††††††††††† power of God is behind him.
v. 25 - Darius waxing Pauline like Nebuchadnezzar
v. 26 - Darius would not last long in the judicial
††††††††††† climate of the United States of America???
††††††††††† (in light of ch. 2:44-46)
v. 28 - "So this Daniel prospered" - isn't that
††††††††††† what we all want to do?