On Sunday we moved into Daniel 5 and asked, “What happened and why?” When Belshazzar used the vessels of God’s temple to get drunk and toast the gods of gold, silver, and bronze, etc., he provided us with a contrast with how Nebuchadnezzar responded to God. In this we see the opportunity every generation has to respond to God’s revelation of himself.

We see Belshazzar’s arrogance, blasphemy, and treason to the King of heaven. However, the point is that each of us consider our own idolatrous tendencies. Whether we put gold and silver or family and country before God, our hearts as idolaters reveal the sin within us.

God sees our sin and responds to us in his grace and his holiness. Because of this, there is nothing more important than that we respond to God when he reveals himself to us. We deserve the judgment that Belshazzar experienced, but God sent Jesus to take this judgment on himself.

Read Daniel 5:1-30. Or, for a shorter reading, read Daniel 5:17-28.

What stood out to you from the passage?

How do Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar compare with each other?

What is important about every generation responding to the Lord?

What are some of the barriers to people in your generation responding to the Lord?

Pray for each other, and the next generation, to have hearts that respond to God’s revelation.