Summary: When God speaks to us do we listen to Him or the world around us?

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Daniel – Chapter 5c

A. Chapter 5 Outline

I. Belshazzar (5:1-4)

a. The Party (5:1)

b. The Preposterousness (5:2-3)

c. The Profanity (5:4)

II. The Lord (5:5-9)

a. Look At The Wall (5:5)

b. Look At The Weak King (5:6-7)

c. Look At The Wise Men (5:8-9)

III. The Queen Mother (5:10-12)

a. Her Ignorance (5:10)

b. Her Insight (5:11-12)

IV. Daniel (5:13-29)

a. Daniel’s Reward (5:13-16)

b. Daniel’s Refusal (5:17)

c. Daniel’s Rebuke (5:18-23)

d. Daniel’s Revelation (5:24-28)

e. Daniel’s Robing (5:29)

V. Darius (5:30-31)

a. The Slaying of The King (5: 30)

b. The Silver Chest Reigns (5:31)


III. The Queen Mother (5:10-12)

The queen mentioned her is thought to have been Nitocris, a wife of Nebuchadnezzar, and the grandmother of Belshazzar. She was the queen mother.

a. Her Ignorance (5:10)

The entire palace had heard about the commotion in the banquet hall and as the news reached the queen she went to offer her advice and comfort to Belshazzar. The first thing that she said seems to be a bit pointless – let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy counternance be changed.

Basically what she was saying was – don’t panic, everything will be ok…

b. Her Insight (5:11-12)

Verse 11

Her attitude didn’t match the seriousness of the situation, but here suggestion was a good one, “Get Daniel!” No doubt, as Nebuchadnezzar’s wife, she saw first hand the council and godly advice Daniel gave when he was called upon – he was the kings greatest advisor.

How sad then that Belshazzar did not think of Daniel. It would appear that he didn’t even know who Daniel was. The highest official in the kingdom, the wisest councillor in the empire and he has been forgotten. According to Verse 22 Belshazzar had heard of his grandfather’s dream and how Daniel had interpreted it.

Verse 12

The queen’s description of Daniel shows that his testimony didn’t go unnoticed. God had used this man to bring knowledge, and understanding, and interpretation of dreams, and now he would be called upon again.

IV. Daniel (5:13-29)

If Daniel was 16 when he was taken to Babylon in 605 B.C. and Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians in 539 B.C., then he was 82 years old when Belshazzar summoned him to the banqueting hall.

So many times in the Scripture you see God use people that we would consider “past it,” in age. However, true servants of the Lord never abandon their ministries but are always available to respond to God’s call. 2 Timonthy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

a. Daniel’s Reward (5:13-16)

You can just picture the scene. Daniel walks into the banqueting hall and casts a glaring eye at the tables strewn with food, the floor strewn with drunks and the walls strewn with the dead, deaf, and dumb idols of Babylon. How things have changed over the years…

Then he spots something on the floor, there lying amongst the debris of the evening shenanigans is a harlot, and what is that in her hand, is it… could it really be… its is, it’s one of the sacred vessels from the temple of the Living God.

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