Summary: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Peres - words spoken to Belshazzar that you never want to hear spoken to you. Make Jesus number one in your life.

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Words You Never Want to Hear

By Pastor Jim May

In the Book of Daniel there is an interesting story about one of the richest and most powerful kings that ever lived. His name is Nebuchadnezzar and he was ruler over the first great world empire known as the Babylonian Empire.

He did a lot of wondrous things during his reign including the construction of the great capitol city of Babylon. One historian, by the name of Herodotus, claimed the outer walls were 56 miles in length, 80 feet thick and 320 feet high. Wide enough, he said, to allow a four-horse chariot to turn. The inner walls were "not as thick as the first, but just as strong." Inside the walls were fortresses and temples containing immense statues of solid gold. Rising above the city was the famous Tower of Babel that seemed to reach to the heavens. It was a testimony to man’s defiance of the God of Heaven and it was used as a temple to the god Marduk.

Marduk is normally referred to as “Bel”, which means, "Lord". He is called, “the great lord", "lord of lords", "leader of the gods", "the wise, lord of oracles", and "receiver of the dead". Later his name became better known as “Baal” and now you can see why the God of Heaven hated Baal worship. This Babylonian god was an idol whom men worshipped and put in the place of the One True God.

In addition to all of the temples, fortresses and great city, Nebuchadnezzar also built one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. According to some historical accounts, the gardens were built to cheer up Nebuchadnezzar’s homesick wife, Amyitis. She was a daughter of the king of the Medes, and was married to Nebuchadnezzar to create an alliance between the nations. The land she came from was green, rugged and mountainous, and she found the flat, sun-baked terrain of Mesopotamia depressing. King Nebuchadnezzar decided to recreate her homeland by building an artificial mountain with rooftop gardens. This mountain has been estimated by historians to be as much as 400 ft square and 320 ft high. It was layered into terraces and all sorts of trees and plants were on each terrace. The whole thing was watered by bucket style elevators that were in motion all the time, powered by oxen and slaves to keep the whole mountain well watered and green so that the queen could feel at home.

When money and power are given to a man, there is no limit to what he will do to make his own life better. It’s no different today, is it? Even people who claim to be ministers of the gospel will abuse the money and power in their hand to build lavish lifestyles. God will judge those who abuse his provisions in such a manner. God never intended for a preacher to own jet planes just so he wouldn’t have to wait in an airport terminal with everyone else. And if he did, he certainly wouldn’t want preachers to use them to take vacations to Tahiti or Hawaii. I don’t believe that God ever intended for a preacher to have Hummer just to ride around in the pasture to check out his herd of cattle, or to have a mansion to live in, plus several more as vacation homes.

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