by: Cindy Rolenc
Daniel's faithful service to the Lord in a land and culture not his own makes him unique among almost all the people of Scripture - Daniel stands as one of the only major figures in the Bible to produce a completely positive record of his actions.
The theme of Daniel 5 fits into the theme of the whole book:
In spite of present appearances, God is in control.
I encourage you to read Daniel chapter 5 before diving into the questions.
Plan to join us this Sunday morning at 10:30 am or revisit our website later in the week to review this series.
Questions to Ponder:
1. What is the judgment announced in this chapter? Why was Daniel commended for his interpretation of the judgment, even though it was not a very pleasant outcome for the king?
2. Why do you think we are prone to view ourselves as indestructible or untouchable? Where do you see this tendency in your own life?
3. What were the words written on the wall (5:5-9)? What was significant about the timing of this message for the king? Why do you think God used such a dramatic method for delivering His message to the king?
4. What are some ways we often try to protect ourselves against God's judgment? How do we try to convince ourselves we are beyond His reach?
5. Why did the counselors confess their inability to interpret the message? Why didn't they falsify an interpretation or tell the king it meant nothing at all? How did God use their fears and their limited abilities to show He is sovereign?
6. The phrase "Your days are numbered" is used often in modern literature, yet it has its roots in this story. In what way is Belshazzar's story a cautionary tale for leaders today? For people in all walks of life? What is the ultimate message of this chapter in Daniel?
7. What might your response have been if you'd seen the hand writing on the wall? Where would you have turned for answers or comfort? How is this like or unlike the way you respond to unexplainable or unexpected things in your life?
8. What kinds of things does God use to wake us up to the foolishness of our sin? How does it feel when He does this?
9. How are God's acts of discipline also acts of grace?