Daniel 5:8 – Then came in all the king’s wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.
Daniel 5:9 – Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
Daniel 5:10 – Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:
Daniel 5:11 – There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
Daniel 5:12 – Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
Hello readers, today’s blog is going to be a little different. You’ll see why, and hopefully this blog does make sense to you today. But we want to go inside Belshazzar’s life today. When I grew up from God. My name is Belshazzar, son of king Nebuchadnezzar. I was born a small, helpless, and totally reliant upon my parents. Thousands of years of humanity have passed before I am born into this world. I wasn’t there when my parents and their parents and their parents were around growing up, living life, getting old and then dying. When I was born into this world as a helpless little babe I hadn’t seen what my parents had seen, I didn’t know what my parents knew, i hadn’t learned what my parents had learnt. However I was born into this world, and I’ve got to thinking I’m the most important person in the world. I’m the only one that matters. I’m a pretty big deal. I am the son of the king of the known world.
As I grow up I quickly think I know better than my father. I see all his mistakes and shortcomings, surely I would do better. I see hypocrisies, I see many things. I think I’m smarter, more up to date. After all my father does silly things, like humbling and worshipping some God of some insignificant slave nation. There is someone in the Bible called Absalom who was like this… and he said… 2 Samuel 15:4 – Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! Absalom’s father was David, but as things worked out Absalom thought he’d run Israel better, make a better ruler.
Nobody taught me to think I know better. Nobody taught me to be proud. Nobody taught me to think that I am God’s gift to creation. Nobody taught me to be a know it all. I don’t like being told what to do, I’m the kings son and one day I will be king, don’t tell me what to do. It’s all about me and what I think. I get to thinking I can do whatever I want and it’ll all work out differently to what those who care for me warn me of. I have the attitude that I am the exception to the rule. I know better. It is ultimately proud to grow up thinking you know better than those before you, those who have lived many years and see things you’ve not seen. There was a man in the Bible called Rehoboam, son of Solomon, who forsook the old men’s council and went with the guys he grew up with. And it split Israel. But after all why bother with these past their use by date fuddy duddies? Why bother with their God and his laws? I know better. I can run my life better and have more fun right. The Bible is a fairytale right, we know better than the word of God now.
I’m Belshazzar, and I’ve grown up from God. My dad worshipped God and taught me about him. I know about how my father was a great man who became full of pride and was humbled so greatly by this God that he went mad and lived like a beast of the field. I knew about how none of the wise men or anybody could interpet the dreams my dad had… bar one man, a Hebrew eunuch called Daniel. But I’ve grown up and I know better than God’s word. I’ve developed my ideas on life. I’m more free thinking, I see things my silly dad didn’t. I’m smarter than him, even though he was ruling the world before I was yet conceived. You see, I’ve grown up pampered by my parents, I’ve come to think I’m quite something. That what I think is what matters. I have power, I am the king’s son who will soon be king.
What does a society which has grown up from God look like? Well that society is a society where a woman’s greatest expression of freedom lies in her legal right to murder the child in her womb. It used to be that woman’s greatest freedom lay in being faithful to a husband, raising a family, being a home maker. But women are free from that now. Free to pursue their careers, free to murder a child if they sleep around to eliminate a nuisance. But the truth is that freedom has never laid in being “free” to do whatever u want. That freedom is actually bondage. 2 Peter 2:19 – While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. Satan never presents something for what it actually is. Abortion is murder, but it’s done in the name of “choice” and a “right”. Same sex marriage is an abomination to God, but it’s done in the name of “love”. Alcohol is consumed in the name of “liberty” even though it is deadly to anyone who wants to lead a pure faithful life.
We grow up and think we know better, just like in the Bible when a generation that arose that knew not God. You see, someone from a previous generation may have taken many years to learn things. They may learn things from God’s word which seem stupid to their kids. For instance, a parent might encourage his or her child to stay pure for marriage. Now that seems restrictive and lame at the time, but if you look at divorce rates and the problems couples have because of previous sexual relations… it would be wise to wait for marriage wouldn’t it? It would spare so many problems associated with betrayal, not feeling loved, lack of trust, lack of intimacy. There are many things God’s word teaches which may not make sense. They may not seem fun. But the Bible says his commandments are not grievous, in fact, they are for our good. The law of God is good, it is blessed to obey his word. Someone from a previous generation may have seen how things have turned out out both personally and in the lives of those around them. They’ve seen how destructive abandoning God’s word is, how toxic humanity is, they’ve seen real life. They try to warn their kids… but we grow up as children, and we don’t know anything really… but we think we do.
Proverbs 30:11 – There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.
Proverbs 30:12 – There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.
Proverbs 30:13 – There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up.
Proverbs 30:14 – There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Jesus said he that committeth sin is a servant of sin. People are bigger slaves now who call themselves free today than the slaves were who were spiritually free. Paul was in prison, but a free man. There are many free men who are slaves to sin. They knew better, they live a life that is right in their own eyes, according to their own understanding and philosophy. They have all the arguments. They are know it alls. They can’t be told. The people Jesus spoke to who were the biggest slaves and the most blind were those who claimed they were free and could see. People grow up from God and forget and dismiss warnings. I have grown up in a free country, a country that has benefited from laws underpinned by Biblical principles. But as we leave God, the freedom and blessing of God is also going. People don’t realize freedom isn’t a right, it’s a privilege. You see, freedom can be lost. In Deuteronomy 6 they were commanded to tell their children about Egypt and how they were slaves there and how God delivered them. Why? Because these kids would grow up not knowing what price freedom came at. They didn’t know what the generation that had lived as slaves knew. Freedom must be defended. But if you’ve grown up free you don’t know what freedom is yet worth. You don’t know what cost it took.
I am Belshazzar, I am the son of the king and I know better. I know the story of my father. I know how he was king of the realm of the greatest empire ever known to man. But I don’t like the way he speaks, or thinks, or talks. I’m going to do things my way. That’s his experience. But I’ve got my truth. That’s cool that he had his experiences, but I’ve got my own truth. In the post modern world, that is how we think. Everyone has their own truth. I’m going to do it my way. Why is my father so humble when he is so great? It’s so weak right. He was just a bit whacko, I’m more sane, that’d never happen to me. Why is he cheating himself of the glory that is due him? I’ll rule better, I’ll be more mighty, I won’t have his problems. Why does he serve this God and obey his stupid word? Maybe your parents, maybe your forefathers did things the way they did… though you do not yet understand… because they knew that things worked best when obeyed God.
What does enlightened humanity do today? We are so enlightened we kill the unborn. We are that enlightened that you can sleep with whoever and that’s fine. We are that enlightened, that grown up, that boys call themselves girls, girls call themselves boys, or even just identify as “other”. You’re that grown up from the “God” concept that you believe your great grand daddy was a monkey. You believe life came from nothing. To you a big bang of nothing that produced something that produced life that produced your DNA, your intelligence, your morality, your consciousnesses is far more rational than God. Yes we are that advanced now. We are that in control, we have things that in hand, we have it all worked out. But the problem is that we have been given everything, just like Belshazzar was. We don’t yet know the price associated with the freedom we have inherited. We don’t yet appreciate the grace of God that has been bestowed upon us. We are even more stupid than the ostrich that lays her eggs in the earth and leaves them, not knowing that a foot may crush them or a wild beast easily find them. Job 39:17 – Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. Wisdom comes from God, but you’ve grown up from God, you’re wiser than he is clearly.
Belshazzar was thousands of years ahead of you. The next generation always comes through who think they know better. Who abandon the old ways, the old truth, the old Bible, and do what they’re gonna do. The builders of Babel were like that, that determined to do what they were going to do that God scattered them. Your life will be just as unfinished and pointless as their efforts were. In stepping forward we take so many steps back. Belshazzar thought he knew better than his father. He knew all his father had been through, what his father had learned, and the God his father had humbled himself before. History is a teacher, the Bible is a teacher… but a generation arises that doesn’t want to be taught, but wants to establish their own philosophies and ways. The Bible shows that Sodom and Gomorrah got judged, and God did it to warn us not to follow their example, but today we are just discovering Sodom and Gomorrah again… thinking we are pushing new frontiers… but really we have just taken many steps backwards. Women rise up today, but it’s turned them against God and is actually ta king them backwards. They’ve lost what it means to be a woman, and their purpose, their special purpose that God has for them. In going your own way, you will lose your purpose and your future and your life. But if you lose your life, if you are able to surrender to the authority of God’s word, you will find life indeed. There is freedom in God’s laws, but we’ve abandoned his laws, the principles of his word, and what’s followed is rampant moral decline. We’ve “grown up” from God. We know better.
So today, we see Belshazzar, who grew up from God. I have quoted part of Daniel 5, the chapter on him. He made a big feast, and he used the vessels of God taken from the temple in Jersualem to party with. Absolute disdain for God. He thought his kingship and kingdom was impregnable. He was confident in those big walls and military might and riches and pleasures. He was the greatest in his own eyes. He didn’t need to follow his dad, he was making his own name. He was confident and assured enough to throw a big party, even while the enemy was breaching the city. You don’t know how close you are to your final breath, til judgement. You may be standing before God a lot sooner than you think. Yeah yeah, you know better than Nebuchadnezzar. There’s no God right! Belshazzar didn’t think so, he didn’t fear God, he had no godly reverence. He forsook what his father knew and had learnt the hard way and had passed to him. He had all the information, and today, people have truth, just they don’t want it. They want to party. They want pleasure. They are interested in themselves. They’ve got everything. They don’t need God. And they sure don’t need to humble themselves before him. But then came the writing on the wall and it was a game changer. The hand is writing on the wall again today. You can be doing what you want in life, but God’s hand comes writing on your heart, and it condemns you. You are a guilty sinner. You are but a breath from hell. You are not greater than your Maker to whom you will give account.
Belshazzar knew the truth. But he knew better as well. Even his own wife, she said “whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father” when speaking to Belshazzar as he wanted to know what the writing meant. His father had learnt the hard way. His father had gone to the magicians, the sorcerers, the astrologers, the wise men… and lastly to Daniel, the man of God. We go to everyone else bar God’s word. Why had he left off what he had been taught, and what had been established by predecessors? Why would he go back to tried and tested proven failures for the interpretation on the wall? You see, he had grown up from God, he had history as a teacher, but he went his own way, and was dumber than his dad. Even though he knew everything, he hadn’t learnt anything… professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. He had grown up from truth, and when you leave Jesus Christ, you’ve left the truth. When you are bigger than the Bible, you’re in error. He was confused, he was nonsensical, he was stupid… because he’d grown up from God. It’s a shame to many thousands of years later, with God’s word, and the Holy Spirit, and the light you’ve been given, end up dumber than those in the past. We are not more enlightened. Smartness, wisdom, truth has not changed, and it’s found in Jesus Christ and his word. We are only as smart and grown up as we are in God’s word, believing and obeying it. You can be intellectual, you can think you know better, you can be whatever, and odds are at the core of it is you’re just a sinful, dark person who wants to do what you want to do… you’re selfish… as Belshazzar was.
Belshazzar grew up from God… so he didn’t grown up. His legacy is one of foolishness. Of waste. Of vanity. How useful is that party to him in hell today? He got told the truth from Daniel, yet he still did not repent. He just didn’t have an ear to hear, an eyes to see, a heart to receive. If you are a Belshazzar today, you are in trouble. That hand is writing on the wall. You know better, you’re a know it all, you’re the most important thing in your life, you’re smarter, you’ve got it made, you want to do what you want to do and ain’t gonna be stopped. Belshazzar even after all this didn’t stop, he sent Daniel away and the party went on… and he was killed that night. Why don’t people respond to the gospel? To the warning of judgement? Because they’re shut to God. They’ve put God out of their life, out of their thinking, out of their conscience… they’re spiritual zombies… and their end is certain. The Bible was written so you could know, so you could be warned, so you could be WISE unto salvation. If you truly want to grow up, get in God’s word, believe it and obey it. God knows better than you. The old truth is the same truth today. It ain’t changed. 1 John 2:7 – Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. I don’t know who you are and where you’re coming from, or what your story is, but God does, he hasn’t changed, outgrowing truth is the stupidest thing you’ll ever do. Belshazzar has looked stupid ever since every time Daniel 5 is read, because he forsook truth, he knew better… but he didn’t know anything at all.
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