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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sermon Notes from "Judgment Written on the Wall: The End of Belshazzar and Babylon." Sermon by Mitch Chase.

[From the 10:45AM worship service this past Lord's Day at Kosmosdale Baptist Church.]

Daniel 5.

I. Introduction

A. What would you do if you were a king and you knew it was the last night of your reign?

B. We should be careful if we point accusingly at Belshazzar, lest we fall under the same judgment.

II. The Party Scene, and the Appearance of the Hand

A. As this story begins, Nebuchadnezzar had been dead for 20 years.

B. Belshazzar-- a descendant of Nebuchadnezzar-- is now king.

C. In Chapter 1, the text mentions that items from the temple were taken to Babylon.

D. Belshazzar commands that vessels from the temple be used in his idolatrous feast.

E. This feast is taking place in order to invoke the gods to help Babylon against its enemies.

F. After the hand writes on the wall, the queen mother tells Belshazzar about Daniel.

G. Belshazzar summons Daniel, but does not honor Daniel as he deserves.

III. Daniel's Interpretation of the Message

A. Daniel's answer points to the fact that divine interpretation cannot be bought.

B. Daniel recounts the history of Nebuchadnezzar, emphasizing God's sovereignty.

C. Daniel rebukes Belshazzar for not learning from Nebuchadnezzar's experience.

D. Daniel exposes the foolishness of idolatry.

E. Daniel interprets the words.

F. Daniel is honored for giving the interpretation.

G. That night (October 11, 539 B.C.) the kingdom falls.

H. The calculation of the weights indicated by the handwriting on the wall = 62, which is the age of Darius, who would have been born about the time that Israel was taken into captivity.

IV. Conclusion

A. We are limited in our ability to see God's work.

B. We will all be held accountable.

C. Our hearts are 'idol factories.'

D. Escape from the LORD's judgment is only through Christ, the ruler of the eternal kingdom.



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