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Writing on the Wall

Read Daniel 5:1 through 6:28; 1 Peter 4:1–19

Many biblical idioms have become part of everyday language—the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, and the writing on the wall. The latter comes from today’s reading in Daniel. It implies that a negative event will occur based on current circumstances.

Daniel deciphered the meaning of the words written by a hand God used to deliver an ominous message to King Belshazzar.

“Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians” (Daniel 5:26–28).

Years before when Jerusalem had fallen to the Babylonians, golden goblets had been taken from the temple of God.

Belshazzar had ordered these goblets removed from storage and brought to him. He used them in the drunken feast that honored false gods. God’s indictment underscores the truth found throughout Scripture: God has harsh consequences for those who do not honor Him.

Thought for Today: Those who fear God need fear no other.

Quicklook: Daniel 5:22–28

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