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LESSONS FOR MODER DAY CHRISTIANS FROM THE PAST –

1. AVOID THAT WHICH THE WORLD WORSHIPS

Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

A. INDULGENCE – PLEASURE SEEKING WORLD

[2] Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine,

B. INTOXICATION - A NIGHT OF DRINKING

. [3] Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

C. IRREVERANCE – THEY DRANK FROM THE VESSELS OUT OF THE TEMPLE

D. IMMORALITY – WINE – WOMEN AND SONG

[4] They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

E. IDOLATRY – GODS FOR ALL TASTES

WE NEED TO AVOID THAT WHICH THE WORLD WORSHIPS

2. AKNOWLEDGE THE WRITING ON THE WALL

[5] In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. [6] Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. [7] The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. [8] Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. [9] Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.

AS GOD PEOPLE WE NEED TO SEE THAT THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL FOR THIS OLD WORLD – AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE WITHOUT CHRIST – MAY THIS SPUR US ON TO SEEK THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE ABOVE

THE FINGER OF GOD REMINDS US OF - THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE PROBLEM

WHAT ELSE DOES THE FINGER OF GOD TEACH US?

SILENCED THE PRETENDERS

Exodus 8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.

THE SOLEMNESS OF HIS PRECEPTS

Exodus 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

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SOURCE OF HIS POWER

Luke 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.

STOPPED THE PROFESSORS

John 8:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

1. AVOID THAT WHICH THE WORLD WORSHIPS

2. AKNOWLEDGE THE WRITING ON THE WALL

3. APPRECIATE THE WISDOM OF THE WOMAN

[10] Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: [11] There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; [12] Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.


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