December 8, Reading 2 – Daniel 5


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SAA Notes

Belshazzar treats the LORD with contempt as the idol of a conquered nation, though he knows his grandfather’s history and his declaration. He and his guests eat from the Jerusalem Temple’s plates and dishes. Daniel is the only one who can interpret God’s revelation. What was Belshazzar’s sin? (v.22,23)

SJA Notes

* Dear God, thank You for Your word. Please show us truth today.

“And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven.”

Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar, failed to learn from his father’s journey.

He chose to reject the wisdom his father learned.

God is not to be mocked. God is not slow to bring about His will as we might consider slowness (see 2 Peter 3).

Belshazzar knew how God had worked in his father’s life and chose to turn away.

Our sin is our own.

Salvation is not won through biological bloodlines or dint of power or wealth or fame.

Our sin is our own.

We cannot blame another for our sin or for the consequences that come.

But our salvation, it was won for us through the work of Jesus on a wooden cross two thousand years ago.

Belshazzar knew the truth of God and decided to walk another path.

Do not be like Belshazzar!

The final day will come. And you are either found in Jesus or found wanting.

Jesus is the key. Be found in Him.

* Father God Above,

Thank You that You save us from our sin and from the just punishment for our sin.

Thank You for giving us escape and refuge, rescue and redemption.

Thank You for Jesus.


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