Daniel Chapter 5 – Part 2

Belshazzar has no mighty reputation. He has no battles to his name. The only way to show his authority is to through a massive, drunken party to try and bribe his officials into liking him.

He wants to be popular and cool – he wants to establish authority he does not have.

And he tries to be tough by demanding something that was sacred – and then using it badly. Maybe he had father issues with Neb and wanted to flick him the bird, we don’t know.

But he takes something that had been dedicated for God’s use and defiles it.

Belshazzar despised the holy things of God.

We have lost the sense of God’s majesty in our Church today. Listen to the words of the prophets – Isaiah knows he is in God’s presence and says “woe is me, I am ruined, for I am a man of unclean lips and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

When did we last begin prayer like that?

Or Ezekiel who says that when he saw the Lord “he fell face down”. Or Peter who, when in Jesus presence, tells Jesus to leave him “because he is unworthy.”

The God we worship is a holy, righteous, powerful God and we need to recognize both that he is our Father in heaven but also that he is holy and he is not to be messed with.

Belief in God, worship of God, claiming to know God is not to be taken lightly – because if we do, we are on dangerous ground.

Belshazzar despised the holy things of God.

Do we?

How do we regard God’s word, the Bible? Do we really believe it is the full, true, word of God, which speaks to us today? Do we spend time reading it, praying over it, asking God to speak to us and for his word to dwell richly in us? Do what it says? Or do we ignore the Bible; do we rarely read it; do we doubt what it says; and do we ignore what is asks of us?

How do we regard God’s grace? Do you know that the God of the Universe died for you? Are you humbled that God took your punishment? Do you REALLY know that God has dealt with your sins on the cross. Or don’t you really care?

How do we regard God’s church? Is it boring? Irrelevant? A joke? Is communion just a routine that you need to go through in order to get out of church? Paul, in the New Testament says that:

So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. 30 That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 11:27.

How do we regard one another? Humanity is created in God’s image. We are called to love our neighbor as ourself. To love and pray for our enemy. To think of others more highly than ourselves? Do we do this? Do we do this at school? At Youth Group? With our friends? If we hate someone we are despising the things of God because God created that person.

Belshazzar deliberately, knowingly chose to despise the things of God. He chose darkness over light.

And God steps in and pronounces Judgment.

DON’T DESPISE THE THINGS OF GOD.

You know your heart. Be honest with yourself about who you really are, what you really think, what you really believe and your relationship with God.
If and when you get doubts about God tell Him – tell your youth pastor. Don’t pretend. To pretend is to despise the things of God.

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