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While Belshazzar was drinking, he was reminded of the gold and silver cups taken long before from the Temple in Jerusalem during Nebuchadnezzar’s reign and brought to Babylon. Belshazzar ordered that these sacred cups be brought in to the feast, and when they arrived, he and his princes, wives, and concubines drank toasts from them to their idols made of gold and silver, brass and iron, wood and stone.
Suddenly a human hand was seen writing on the plaster wall of the palace. The hand was just behind the lampstand, and the king could see it writing. When the king saw the disembodied hand writing away, he went white as a ghost, scared out of his wits. His legs went limp and his knees knocked.
-Daniel 5:2-6

Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant. King Belshazzar became even more afraid, and his face became even whiter. His royal guests were confused.

-Daniel 5:8-9

King Belshazzar, you knew all of this, but you still refused to honor the Lord who rules from heaven.  Instead, you turned against him and ordered the cups from his temple to be brought here, so that you and your wives and officials could drink wine from them. You praised idols made of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, even though they cannot see or hear or think. You refused to worship the God who gives you breath and controls everything you do… That’s why he sent the hand to write this message on the wall.
-Daniel 5:22, 24

These are the words that were written on the wall: ‘Mene, mene, tekel, and parsin.’ This is what these words mean: Mene means ‘numbered’—God has numbered the days of your reign and has brought it to an end.

-Daniel 5:26

My on this planet are .

Teach us to number our days, so that we might live wisely.

-Psalm 90:12

Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

-Daniel 5:27

God is what I do with my .

Parsin: Your kingdom is being divided and will be given to the Medes and the Persians.

 -Daniel 5:28

If my days are not and my life is not in then my life will eventually be .

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and then He will give you all the other things you desire as well.

-Matthew 6:33

The order in which I put God in my life will determine whether or not my life is in order

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1.     What are some examples you’ve seen of “the writing being on the wall” during your lifetime?

2.     Which of Gilbert’s points today really stood out to you?  Why?

3.     In what way(s) is God writing on your wall right now? Is this something you’ve known for awhile and refused to listen to or is this a new revelation?

4.     What is your next step as a result of this message?