Handwriting on the Wall

Handwriting on the Wall


“So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from

them.” (Daniel 5:3, NIV)


I can assure you that these Babylonians were not using these stolen items from the temple of God in a holy manner.  Rather, they were drinking from them as they

were praising their false gods. (verse 4)


Their actions must have incited the anger of God, for the next verse tells us that

“suddenly” a finger of a human hand appeared, writing on the wall.


The Lord let this evil king know that his days as king were numbered, and would

be divided and given to other nations.


As much as God watched what was taking place with these stolen items, they were

just “things.”  They did not hold His holy presence.  However, we do hold His 

presence, for we are the temple of God.

(First Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Second Corinthians 6:16)


In our “Babylon” there are many false gods such as success, money, beauty, and

self-absorption.  We must be very careful not to use our temple to worship the false

gods of this generation.  We do not want to end up receiving the same kind of

fateful, fearful message that God spoke to a Babylonian king many years ago.


© 2007, Stacy R. Miller



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. trotter387
    Jan 20, 2015 @ 07:22:49

    To have been weighed in gods balance and found in want is above all else the one judgement call we do not want to hear.

    The feast on that night brought a world power to its knees. The writing on the wall offers an insight for all of us that when we see it we have reached the “tipping point” we are on God’s side or no side as the other doesn’t exist afterwards.

    The use of the temple items was a deliberate act of violation and Revelation shows us that the Religious, Political ,Military and Commercial leaders will think they can stand against God – them we will understand the words of Psalm 2 in full.


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