Summary: Sermon on Belshazzar’s Feast from Daniel 5.
TEXT - Daniel 5: 1-6, 22-31
INTRO. - There are many people in the Bible who are good
examples to follow and teach us about faith, love, sacrifice,
and practice Christianity. There are others who are red light
warnings that teach us to beware lest we follow in their
ways. Belshazzar is one of those people who teach us not to
be like they were.
Belshazzar the king threw a feast. I am sure it had the best
of everything and no expense was spared. Pleasure was the
order of the hour. History teaches us that some of these
feasts prepared by ancient kings would last for weeks.
Serious decisions and the important matters of life and the
kingdom were put away and forgotten. These feasts were wild
and unrestrained. Passions were allowed to run free. I am
sure the feast was filled with wine, women, and song.
The sin at this feast was bad enough. I am sure that the
feast itself was enough to stir the wrath of God.
But Belshazzar couldn’t stop there - See vs. 2
Some people cannot just be unsaved. Some people cannot just
reject God. Some people have to go a little further.
The suggestion probably came with a roar of laughter.
What made Belshazzar do it? What made him take the holy
vessels of the Temple of God and bring them into the feast?
1. Maybe his friends were in his thoughts. People will
do alot of things against God to please their friends.
Christians will even miss church because friends came over at
the last minute.
2. Maybe he thought that he was big enough and powerful
enough to insult God. He may have thought that he was the
exception to the rule. Many people today feel this way. Many
know what the Bible says about repentance, confession, and
faith in Christ as the way of salvation but feel that they
are the exception to the rule. They feel that they can get to
heaven by another way other than the way of the cross. They
feel that they are a special case with God and somehow god is
going to let them in the back door somehow.
3. Maybe it was for the thrill that might have
accompanied it. There is a thrill to danger. Here was the
danger of slapping God in the face. I believe that this may
be a reason some people take God’s name in vain.
4. Maybe his conscience began to bother him because of
the sins of the feast. Maybe he figured that what he needed
to do was bring a little religion into the feast. There are
many today who live their lives like they are living at
Belshazzar’s feast. They begin to have their conscience
bother them. They think that what they need is to bring a
little religion into the feast so they attend church
occasionally. They become "Sunday morning glories". They go
to church very once in awhile to appease their conscience and
then on Monday they return to the feast.
All is going fine. The feast is at its pinnacle. The feast is
filled with its fun, its sin, its godless wicked pleasures.
UNTIL SOMETHING IS SEEN ON THE WALL - vs. 6
I can hear it now. People begin to cry, "It’s a spirit".
Others cry "It’s a phantom". Someone cries "IT MUST BE GOD".
The music stops. You could hear a pin drop.
THAT NIGHT DEATH BURST UPON THE SCENE.
I WANT US TO LOOK BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST AND REMEMBER THREE
I. WHEN GOD WRITES ANYTHING ON THE WALL, YOU HAD BETTER READ
IT AS IT IS.
There may be someone here today living at Belshazzar’s feast.
You have forgotten God and what God wants for your life. You
can eat, drink and be merry but remember we all must one day
face God. God is still on the throne. Abraham Lincoln said
"You can fool all the people some of the time. And you can
fool some of the people all of the time. But you cannot fool
all the people all the time". Let me add to that, you cannot
fool God any of the time! When God is speaking to you, you
had better listen.
ILL. - I once saw a bird sitting on a high voltage wire that
had danger signs posted on every pole that carried it. I
asked an electrician working nearby why the bird could
live on the dangerous wire. The man explained that if I
reached up with a stick or pole and touched the wire, I
would die instantly but the bird could live because it
was "totally given over to the wire". As long as the
bird touched only the wire, it was safe. If it touched