It is difficult to know exactly what Belshazzar meant by “I
have heard the spirit of the gods is in you and that you have
intelligence and outstanding wisdom.” He may have learned
this fact from his grandparents long before this night. If so,
he is doubly culpable.
Daniel was offered the same reward for reading and
interpreting the writing, as the king offered to the wise
men. The prophet wanted no part of his gifts. Before the
night is over, they would be worthless. In addition, he
may have been saying, “Keep your gifts, I cannot be
Before Daniel interpreted the handwriting on the wall,
the bold and courageous prophet preached a sermon to
Belshazzar that recounted the
Nebuchadnezzar and condemned Belshazzar.
Daniel’s Sermon to Belshazzar
The Progress of Nebuchadnezzar was God given, 18.
The Power of Nebuchadnezzar was God given, 19.
The Pride of Nebuchadnezzar was his downfall, 20.
The Punishment of Nebuchadnezzar was God taking his
throne away, 20.
The Poor in Spirit Nebuchadnezzar
had acknowledged God’s rule over him, 21.
Points of the Sermon are aimed at Belshazzar, 22-23:
He did not humble himself.
He did not profit
by the dealings of God with his grandfather.
set himself against God.
He desecrated the
sanctified vessels of the house of God.
The Pronouncements of God are in the
Here, the boldness and courage of Daniel is apparent.
OT prophets often made predictions concerning the future.
But primarily, the prophets were covenant enforcers. The
people were assured of God’s blessing if they repented,
and warned of His curses if they did not. Here the
prophet’s sermon demonstrates that Belshazzar had sinned
against knowledge, blasphemed God, committed idolatry, and
that he is cursed. The day of reckoning had arrived.