Daniel 5 Outline
– King Belshazzar and his guests humiliated God (Daniel 5:1-4)
– A human hand appeared and wrote on the wall (Daniel 5:5-6)
– The queen remembered Daniel (Daniel 5:7-12)
– Daniel interpreted the writing on the Wall (Daniel 5:13-29)
– King Belshazzar assassinated (Daniel 5:30-31)
Daniel 5 Summary
After King Nebuchadnezzar died, his son, Belshazzar took over the throne. One day, King Belshazzar held a big feasts. He invited many of his high officials, wives and concubines to the feast. During the feast, he ordered for the gold goblets that were taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem to be brought in. After the gold goblets was brought in, theu drank wine from them. While they are drinking wine, they started to praise the manmade gods that are made from all kinds of materials such as gold, bronze, iron, wood and stone. Belshazzar used theÂ golden goblets from the temple of the Lord to drink wine because he wanted to express his defiance towards God. He was used by the devil as an elemnt to express hatred towards God.
All of a sudden, a hand appeared out of nowhere. The hand wrote some words on the plaster wall. As the king watched the hand writing on the wall, he grew frightened and started to shake all over his body. After the hand disappear, the king called in the magicians from his kingdom to interpret the writing. King Belshazzar promised to clooth the person who successfully interpret the writing with a purple dress and gold chain. the person will also become the third most powerful official in the kingdom. No one seem to be able to nderstand the writing. The queen remembered Daniel and he suggested him to Belshazzar.
When Daniel was called in, he chided Belshazzar for not humbling himself before God. Daniel recounted how his father, Nebuchadnezzar, was driven away to live with the wild but later humble himself to acknowledge God. Belshazzar condemned God by letting his wives, concubines and palace officials drinking wine from the goblets and praising the man made God. Therefore, God make the hand appeared and write the inscription on the wall. The inscription that the hand wrote on the wall is “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin”.
According to Daniel, Mene means God has counted how many days Belshazzar had reign in Babylon and decided to end it. Tekel means God had weighted Belshazzar on a scale and found him unfit. Parsin means God will divide his kingdom to the Medes and Persian. After Daniel successfully interpreted the writing on the wall, the king rewarded him by making him the third highest ruler in the kingdom.He rewarded Daniel not because he has repented from his sins. He rewarded Daniel because he wanted to keep his promise.
At night, Darius and his men killed Belshazzar. Darius was 62 years old when he conquered the Babylonian kingdom.