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When Judgment Finally Comes: The Handwriting on the Wall!
For those who don’t seek to be counterculture and stand against God, persisting in pride, judgment will eventually come.
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Counterculture (Part 2)
The Book of Daniel

We live in a culture that is often foreign and hostile to our faith. The book of Daniel is a collection of stories and prophecies written about Jewish believers living in the hostile foreign land of Babylon during the Exile. Therefore, the book of Daniel can teach us a lot about standing firm and living faithfully counter to the culture in which we find ourselves.

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♪ Great Are You Lord
You give life You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope You restore ev'ry heart that is broken
And great are You Lord

It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It's Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only

And all the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry these bones will sing
Great are You Lord (REPEAT)
CCLI Song # 6460220

♪ Christ Is Enough
Christ is my reward and all of my devotion
Now there's nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy
Through every trial my soul will sing
No turning back, I've been set free

Christ is enough for me
Christ is enough for me
Everything I need is in You
Everything I need

Christ my all in all the joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home
Through every storm my soul will sing
Jesus is here to God be the glory

I have decided to follow Jesus
No turning back no turning back
The cross before me the world behind me
No turning back no turning back
CCLI Song # 6514035
♪ Nobody
Why You ever chose me
Has always been a mystery
All my life I've been told I belong
At the end of the line
With all the other Not-Quites
With all the Never-Get-It-Rights
But it turns out they're the ones
You were looking for
All this time

('Cause) I'm just a nobody
Tryin' to tell everybody
Well all about Somebody
Who saved my soul
Ever since You rescued me
You gave my heart a song to sing
I'm living for the world to see nobody but Jesus
I'm living for the world to see nobody but Jesus

Well Moses had stage fright
And David brought a rock to a sword fight
You picked twelve outsiders nobody would've chosen
And You changed the world
Well the moral of the story is
Everybody's got a purpose
So when I hear that devil start talking to me saying
Who do you think you are

So let me go down down down in history
As another blood-bought
Faithful member of the family
And if they all forget my name
Well that's fine with me
I'm living for the world to see nobody but Jesus
I'm living for the world to see nobody but Jesus

CCLI Song # 7121827
♪ Come As You Are
Come out of sadness from wherever you've been
Come broken-hearted let rescue begin
Come find your mercy O sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal

(So) Lay down your burdens lay down your shame
All who are broken lift up your face
O wanderer come home
You're not too far
So lay down your hurt lay down your heart
Come as you are

There's hope for the hopeless
And all those who've strayed
Come sit at the table come taste the grace
There's rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't cure

There's joy for the morning O sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can't heal

CCLI Song # 7017790
Most people don’t really like the idea of God’s judgment.

But the thing is, judgment is about justice. Do we want a God who’s just? Who holds people accountable for what they do? Or do we want a God who ignores the wrong people do?
One day we’ll all stand before God, and for those who live counter to our culture, who repent of sin and accept God’s grace, judgment holds no fear, but for those who persist in pride and arrogance, standing against God, judgment will eventually come and there will be a price to pay.
Background of the book of Daniel:

The traditional view is that it was written by the prophet Daniel in the 6th Cen. BC.[1]

Now, other scholars believe Daniel was written pseudonymously, meaning by another person using Daniel’s name, at a much later date, probably during the 2nd Cen. BC.[2] This view, because of its later date, holds that some of the prophecies of Daniel simply failed, which is an insurmountable problem since scripture says a true prophet’s words don’t fail.[3]

[1] Longman, NIVAC, 23; Miller, NAC, 22-24ff, Archer Jr., Expositor’s, 4, 13.
[2] Goldingay, Word, 122, for example.
[3] Deuteronomy 18:22
v. 1 - We find that time has passed and there’s a new king in Babylon. Up to now, we’ve dealt with Nebuchadnezzar, but now we’re introduced to Belshazzar.
vv. 1-4 - We find that Belshazzar threw a huge party with lots of drinking.

Using the Temple goblets at a drunken feast and praising other gods while doing so was an act of disrespect and mockery of God, something known as blasphemy. It was also idolatry.

It was such an arrogant, prideful act that it makes it clear this was a life pattern for Belshazzar.

Just like us, he lived in a culture where pridefulness and arrogance are basically the norm and are even encouraged from celebrities to sports stars to politicians, and especially kings in that time.
Then something amazing happens. V. 5 says the fingers of a human hand appeared before them and began to write on the wall in a language they didn’t know.
With vv. 10-12 the story takes another turn. The Queen, who apparently wasn’t at this drunken feast, hears what’s going on, comes in, and reminds Belshazzar about Daniel!
With vv. 13-16 the king tells Daniel he’s heard of him and his abilities.

Daniel responds in v. 17 and how he does so is fascinating!

Daniel doesn’t suck up to the king as people usually did, he doesn’t even make any small talk at all. And he brashly refuses the king’s gifts basically saying, given them to someone who needs them.
Daniel begins in vv. 18-21 by reminding Belshazzar of the story of Nebuchadnezzar, Babylon’s greatest king, of how God humbled him and made him live like an animal. And how in the end Nebuchadnezzar, totally counter to his culture of arrogance and pride and the worship of other gods, repented and acknowledged the God of Israel as the one true God who is sovereign over all.
It’s like Daniel’s saying “Belshazzar, you’re nowhere near as great a king as Nebuchadnezzar was and God humbled Nebuchadnezzar. What were you thinking?
There were only four words with one repeated twice, “mene, mene, tekel, parsin.” It literally means, “Numbered, numbered, weighed, divided.”

There would be no second chance for Belshazzar as there’d been for Nebuchadnezzar. Belshazzar had Nebuchadnezzar's example of what not to do, and yet he did even worse, so God would take his kingdom. This was God’s judgment!
What we do know is vv. 30-31 say “That very night Belshazzar… was slain, and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom.”
Chapter 5 is the opposite side of the coin from chapter 4. In chapter 4 Daniel used Nebuchadnezzar's conversion to show that those who repentant receive mercy and grace, no matter how bad their pasts were.

Here Daniel uses Belshazzar’s blasphemy and idolatry to show that the prideful and unrepentant will suffer consequences of judgment no matter how secure their present situation may seem.
A key question the Jewish people had in Daniel’s time, do the wicked prevail? The answer here is no, in the end, they don’t, there is justice, even for kings.
We don’t tend to like God’s judgment. But if sin has no consequence, if evil has no check, if justice never comes, then what good is God or his grace?

But if grace really is amazing, it should save us from something, and it does, it saves us from our sin and the judgment that it rightly brings on us.
So, counter to our culture, let’s humbly repent and receive the grace of God and embrace God’s just judgment for the good things it is. –Amen.
♪ Rise
I will rise, out of these ashes rise,
From this trouble I have found,
And this rubble on the ground
I will rise (REPEAT)

'Cause He who is in me
Is greater than I will ever be
And I will rise
Yes He who is in me
Is greater than I will ever be
And I will rise

Sometimes my heart is on the ground
And hope is nowhere to be found
Love is a figment I once knew
Yet I hold on to what I know is true

Well I keep on coming to this place
That I don't know quite how to face
So I lay down my life in hopes to die
That somehow I might rise
CCLI Song # 5933710

Today's Music
Orchard's Streaming and Song Select CCLI# 160190

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