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Daniel 5:5–6 (ESV): "5 Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote. 6 Then the king's color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together."
Have you ever been pointed out by God?He does it lovingly to get our attention.God's motive isn't ever to embarrass but to confront that we might acknowledge our sin before Him and repent.
The date is 539BC, Nebuchadnezzar has been dead for 20 plus years at this point.Before he died he appointed his son Nabonidus to power.He was often away in battle and thus turned the day-to-day operation of the kingdom over to his son Belshazzar.
One evening Belshazzar decided to break out the temple vessels from Jerusalem and drink from them.As they were drinking a human hand appeared before them writing "Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin."The king became frightened and called Daniel to interpret. He said in Daniel 5:26–28 (ESV): Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27 Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; 28 Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians."God had already told Nebuchadnezzar long ago this would occur and now it was coming to pass!
How many times has the writing been on the wall in your life?God has given us instruction and guidance through His Word but also warnings that if we live in sin it will not go well for us.Why are we surprised when we are called out?Numbers 32:23 (ESV) says: "be sure your sin will find you out." Although Belshazzar died that night, Daniel was exalted to the third most high because He followed the Lord.Do the same and it will go well with you, amen?
Father, we thank You for pointing us out at times for repentance.May we live at Your feet and keep our eyes on the prize we pray in Jesus' name, amen.
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