Summary: As we study Daniel 5, you are reading an eyewitness account of the fall of the Babylonian Empire by one who was a prime minister of that very empire itself.
Date: February 19th, 2012
Scripture: Daniel 5
As we study Daniel 5, you are reading an eyewitness account of the fall of the Babylonian Empire by one who was a prime minister of that very empire itself.
Daniel was a prime minister in a pagan culture
in a pagan society, in a palace of Babylonian monarchs
But he never compromised his faith in the true God.
And thus, every time he appears on the scene, we find him somehow unrelated to everybody else that's there.
He always makes a grand entrance alone
Never with/magicians/soothsayers/Chaldeans who come to give their human wisdom.
He is set apart as God's man and the record he has given us is wonderfully true.
As we come to Daniel 5, these 31 amazing/marvelous, insightful verses, we see the end of an empire.
We see/movement/head of gold as the image in chapter 2
to the breast and the arms of silver
Remember/Medo-Persians who followed the Babylonians.
This great transition takes place at the close of this, the fifth chapter.
As we begin our study, let me remind you of a verse in Ezekiel 18:20. "The soul who sins is the one who will die…the righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him."
And this chapter is a vivid commentary on that verse.
Sin brings death.
In the life of an individual and in the life of a nation and an empire.
Take your Bibles and turn to Daniel chapter 5 and let’s see what God has in store for us this morning.
30yrs/passed since the end of chapter 4...
Nebuchadnezzar finally lost his pride, gave up his worship of false gods...
And committed to praise and serve the one true God.
He ruled seven more years after making that all-important decision after his insanity.
So basic math tells us, it’s been twenty-three years since he died in 562 B.C. unfortunately his religious reforms died with him.
After Neb/dies/empire begins to decline
Neb’s son/ Amel-Marduk
And by the way, these kings have a couple of different names.
They seem/change/ names according/whatever gods they identified with.
We see him/Bible as Evil-Merodach –2kings 25 and Jer. 52
He released Jehoiachin from prison/seat of honor in Babylon
He only reigned 2yrs before his power-hungry brother-in-law, General Neriglissar, assassinated him and stole the crown.
He/mentioned/Jer. 39 under the name of Nergal-sharezer.
He was an official under Nebuchadnezzar who apparently was involved in helping Jeremiah be released from prison.
After a four year reign, Neriglissar died and his son, Labashi-Marduk, stepped into power.
Just calling him would be a linguistic problem.
His rule only lasted a few months before he was murdered in a coup led, Nabonidus.