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Bible Pathway - Sept. 16, 2010


Daniel 4


Daniel interprets: Results (Dan. 4:34-37). Writing on the wall. The importance of the Holiness of God (5:23-24). Jealousy brings attack on Daniel (6:6-9), who trusts God and is honored (6:10,22,28). God punishes (6:24). God praised (6:26-27).

Belshazzar ruled Babylon near the end of the 70-year-long, prophesied Jewish captivity. On the night the Medo-Persian army invaded Babylon to defeat and execute Belshazzar, he was celebrating a great feast with a thousand of his lords. . . . they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the Temple . . . at Jerusalem; and . . . drank in them. . . . and praised the gods of gold, and of silver (Dan. 5:1-4).

Suddenly the fingers of a man's hand (5:5) appeared and wrote on the wall. With great fear, Belshazzar panicked and his knees smote (struck) one against another (5:6). To His dismay, his astrologers and soothsayers were unable to interpret the message.

In desperation, Belshazzar summoned Daniel who boldly revealed the meaning of the handwriting: This is the interpretation . . . God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it (5:26). That night Darius . . . took the kingdom (5:31).

Darius decided to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes. . . over the whole kingdom; And over these, three presidents; of whom Daniel was first. Because of envy, the other presidents and princes said to the king: All . . . have consulted together to establish a royal statute . . . that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions (6:1-2,7-8). Without realizing its real purpose, the king signed the decree.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber (room) toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime (6:10). Daniel could have reasoned that, since he was not asked to worship an idol, why not cooperate for thirty days or just pray in secret? We need to ask ourselves: "If a similar decree were issued today, would it make a difference if we were told by government officials that we could not worship in church on the Lord's Day?" Yes, Daniel ended up in the den of lions but, afterwards he was able to testify to the king: My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths (Dan. 6:22).

Thought for Today:

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered (Rom. 8:26).

Christ Portrayed:

By Daniel — a stone was rolled across the mouth of the den of lions and set with the king's seal (Dan. 6:16-17). There was a stone rolled across the mouth of the cave where Jesus was buried and it too was set with an official seal (Matt. 27:63-66). As Daniel came forth unscathed, proclaiming the power of God to save, so, too, Jesus came forth from the dead proclaiming the saving power of God (Rev. 1:18).

Word Studies:

4:11 the sight thereof to =its visibility extended to; 4:16 & 32 seven times =seven years; 5:5 against the candlestick =opposite the lampstand; 5:12 shewing of =rare ability of revealing the meaning of baffling riddles.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for Bible Pathway Printer: Ambrose Printing Staff, Nashville TN • Government Officials: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO), Rep. Dale Kildee (MI), and Rep. Eric Massa (NY) • Country: Belize (236,000) on the eastern coast of Central America • Major languages: English and Spanish • Religious freedom • 64% Roman Catholic; 26% Protestant; 2% spiritist/animist; 1% Hindu; 1% Muslim; 1% Baha'i • Prayer Suggestion: Remember that the Lord is always ready to help you in times of trouble (Ps. 46:1).

Optional Reading: Revelation 21

Memory Verse for the Week: Galatians 1:24

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