Daniel 5

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Daniel 5

Overview

Belshazzar’s feast.

Belshazzar was a viceroy in Babylon while his father, Nabonidus, the last Neo-Babylonian emperor was absent in Teima. His profanation of the temple vessels assumes king Nebuchadnezzar’s plunder from Jerusalem Temple during his invasion. (1:2). Great feast probably meant a state banquet, involving great amount of wine and libations poured to local deities during Babylonian New Year festival.

Daniel was taken to the royal court to interpret Belshazzar’s dream. Unlike the other interpretation of the dream in chapter 1-6, Belshazzar’s Feast did not end with the king’s conversion and doxology for God, but with his death.

Daniel confronted with Belshazzar, his hardened heart, pride, arrogant, even though he knew about king Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. Daniel’s interpretation was a prophetic voice of what would happen to Belshazzar and his nation.

Daniel’s interpretation was allegorical in that it referred to monetary units or weights, Mene meaning mina, Tekel meaning shekel, and Parsin meaning half mina. And his interpretation was also passive participles, “numbered,” “weighed,” and “divided,” symbols of the last Babylonian kings.  The Babylonian kingdom will be numbered, weighed, and divided, and will fall to Medes and Persia. Later Babylonian Empire was defeated by the Persian king Cyrus.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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