Words from the Heart for Friday September 20th, 2019
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.
Daniel 5:5-6 (NIV)
Writing on the Wall
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is located 44 kilometres east of the community of Milk River Alberta, and straddles the Milk River itself. It is one of the largest areas of protected prairie in the Alberta park system, and serves as both a nature preserve and protection for a large number of First Nations rock carvings and paintings. Writing-on-Stone Park contains the greatest concentration of rock art on the North American Great Plains.
The Old Testament is filled with examples of the power of God over the Kings of the nations. There was no such thing as a constitutional monarchy in the day of the Hebrew Scriptures. These rulers reigned supreme and had the power of life and death over their subjects. But when God spoke into their lives, they shook like a poplar tree on a windy summer day. This was certainly the case with King Belshazzar. He is having the time of his life at a banquet, using golden goblets they had stolen from the Temple in Jerusalem, at the same time praising their pagan gods. The one True God was not amused and He writes judgment on the wall of the banquet hall. Daniel 5:5-6 records it this way: “Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.” God had spoken judgment on this evil King and even the most powerful king was afraid. How grateful we are for God’s grace through Jesus Christ to all who trust Him.
These have been words from the heart.