BOOK OF DANIEL – Daniel’s Reply to Belshazzar

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Daniel’s Reply to Belshazzar

Before I discuss today’s blog, an apology is in order. I make it a habit as I write the daily blog to diligently read several passages before and after the Scriptural text that I discuss for the day’s blog. On a couple of occasions I clearly did not read sufficient passages. As a result, I mentioned previously that Belshazzar probably may have known of God’s dealings with Nebuchadnezzar. That comment is incorrect. As we read the book of Daniel further, Daniel, in fact, reminds Belshazzar that he certainly DID know of these events. In the last blog I said we may never know if Belshazzar kept his promise to Daniel in clothing him in purple with a chain of gold around his neck and appointing him the third ruler of the kingdom. That comment was also incorrect. The Scriptures DO tell us that Belshazzar did keep his word. Please accept my error. It was not intentional nor meant to cause anyone any confusion. I assure you, that this blog series will be corrected immediately and I offer my sincere apologies. Eventually, this blog series on the book of Daniel will be edited again several months from now. This will be done so that we can make the entire blog series available as an expositional book. Rest assured when the book becomes available it will naturally be re-edited from a blog to a chapter and verse study of the book of Daniel. As a result of all of these additional edits, we at MDR Ministries are confident that the reader will have an exegetical explanation of Scripture contained in the book of Daniel.

After listening to the insolent attitude of Belshazzar it was now time for Daniel to speak. In Daniel 5:17 we read, “Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another. Nevertheless, I will read the writing to the king and make known to him the interpretation.” (ESV) One could easily assume Daniel’s comments appear disrespectful but that is not the case. His answer in this verse is also a valid lesson for us today. “Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your rewards to another” contain two closely related reasons Daniel said those words. Is not Scripture always amazing? Here we see the words of God’s prophet in the 6th century BC that would be included in the Old Testament and yet we have a real life example of what Daniel was referring to later in the 1st century AD with regard to Simon Magus contained in the New Testament. Simon Magus appears to us in Acts chapter eight during the ministry of Philip. He was a magician and as soon as he saw people believing Philip’s message he himself got baptized. Upon Peter and John arriving to assist Philip, they laid hands upon the believers in order for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:18-20 reveals what Magus’s real intent was. “Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money!” (NASB) In effect Peter, while not referencing Daniel, agreed with what Daniel was saying. God’s gifts could not be bought.

The Apostle Paul makes note of the second reason that Daniel points out. Paul mentions this in 1 Thessalonians 2:3-6a, “For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—nor did we seek glory from men.” (NASB)

Almost 600 years later Peter and Paul are stating the same thing Daniel was declaring. That a person CAN NOT buy God’s gifts nor can his true servants be bribed. Despite this admonition, Daniel states that he will read the writing and tell Belshazzar what it means.