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Light... Understanding.... Wisdom...


"Now I have heard about you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you" (Dan.5:14).

Let me set the scenario in which today's verse from the book of Daniel is found. The Babylonian king, Belshazzar, a few kings after Nebuchadnezzar, is in the midst of a wine drinking orgy with some 1,000 folks. He even has the temerity to have his underlings fetch some of the gold and silver vessels that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem when he conquered and plundered it. The people at the party get to drink some more, but this time out of the Jewish goblets. Though it does not say so, I'll bet that some bragging by Belshazzar went along with the drinking. "Suddenly the fingers of a man's hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, and the king saw the back of the hand that did the writing" (Vs. 5). You can all imagine the fear that was in the room. It says that the king grew pale, his hip joints went slack and his knees knocked. He sent for his wise men to interpret the writing, which they could not do, but the queen then entered the Palace and suggested that he send for Daniel. It would seem that she remembered that Daniel had interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dreams a few years back... Even before Daniel interprets, today's verse is what Belshazzar has to say to Daniel. Daniel had a reputation...I have heard of you... Daniel was known as a godly man...the spirit of the gods is in you... What a compliment to Daniel... But here's the best; illumination (light), insight (understanding) and extraordinary wisdom have been found in him. Daniel is my hero! Because of his faithfulness in God, he embodies the wonderful virtues that even a pagan king can recognize. They are traits that we should all strive for. Jesus told us that we are to be the light of the world. Peter (2 Peter1:5) wrote that we are to add knowledge to our moral excellence. The book of Proverbs (3:13-15) says that a man who finds wisdom and gains understanding is blessed. The writer says it is more precious that gold and silver... What a wonderful testimony about Daniel. Through the Lord, he had virtues that all should strive for. Are we striving for them?

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Today God Is First.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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