Belshazzar Did a Bad Thing

Read the Bible in a year by reading Daniel 5 and 6 today.
A new king reigned over Babylon and while he knew of the experiences of Nebuchadnezzar in dealing with the God of Israel, the new king, Belshazzar, chose to ignore what Nebuchadnezzar learned from the true God of heaven. Therefore, Belshazzar the king, “made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand” (Daniel 5:1). However, getting drunk with this large crowd was not good enough for Belshazzar. He thought things could be more exciting if they drank from the vessels taken from the temple in Jerusalem, “While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them” (vv. 2, 3). Belshazzar was the king, so they did as he commanded. Moreover, as they drank, they “praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone” (Daniel 5:4).
Why did he have possession of those vessels? Did his gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone enable Nebuchadnezzar to conquer Jerusalem and its temple, or did the God of the Jews allow these things to happen? Belshazzar should have known the truth, learning from Nebuchadnezzar that the Most High God rules in all the kingdoms of men, including the Babylonian Kingdom.
However, he made the decision to ignore the lessons of history and the very night that he did these things, the Medes and Persians conquered Babylon and killed Belshazzar.
Some people do not like the subject of history, but it has much to teach us. Learn from the history of the Bible and learn the history of your country. You might be surprised by what you learn.

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Don Ruhl

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