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Lesson # Dan. 5:24-28
Study Material - Dan. 5:24-28
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24 'Then the hand was sent from Him, and this inscription was written out. 25 'Now this is the inscription that was written out: 'MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.' 26 'This is the interpretation of the message: 'MENE'-- God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it. 27 ''TEKEL'-- you have been weighed on the scales and found deficient. 28 ''PERES'-- your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.'
God observes us all and makes decisions against us for our spiritual deficiencies, Job 13:26. God writes out the judgment and then executes it, but not without great pains of patience.
Here we have a quick summary of the events, in verse 24. God gave life to Belshazzar. God sent to him more than enough information for Belshazzar to be without excuse in his dealings within his kingdom. There is no one else to reprimand the king, therefore God sends his own hand and writing to evaluate and judge.
'The word of God is alive and powerful, sharper than any two edged sword. Piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and the spirit, and the joints and the marrow, and is a critic of thoughts and intent of the heart. All scripture is God breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (spiritual growth), that the man of God might be mature, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth'.
We all have opportunities to do good with our lives, but to those who disregard God in their lives, the writing is on the wall. The hand appeared, wrote, and vanished. Nothing more need be said. Belshazzar was still alive and could have repented 'big time', but he continued to look for someone to explain that which he should have learned himself long ago. He knew he had a position of great power. He knew that it was wrong to brutalize people and wrong to abuse or take advantage of his position, but that too he rejected in favor of his ego and lusts - power lusts and various pleasure lusts.
Daniel saw the writing and knew immediately its meaning. 'MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.'
Mene is the word 'mene', meaning to number as in 'mina' or 50 shekels, a specific count of money.
Tekel is 'teqal' meaning to be weighed or balanced as in a shekel or weight of value.
Upharsin is 'perac' meaning to split up or to divide, or half shekels. The singular is 'peres' meaning unique to the topic under discussion
Peres is 'perac' meaning again the splitting up or dividing up, but with the connotation of violence as in being torn apart. Remember the lion???
Now the explanation. The first word is repeated. Belshazzar as well as the nation was given a specific beginning. The empire was formed, and Belshazzar was born. Both were allowed to exist for a specific time, thus the second reference to 'Mene.' A specific beginning and a specific end was determined, and determined by God, no one else. Jesus Christ controls history.
Tekel is the summary of the life or existence of the nation, or the evaluation. All was placed in a balance and examined to see exactly what its worth really was. Belshazzar's value was found to be lacking. The purpose of the empire was also found to be lacking.
Therefore, they were to be torn from history, and not gently, but violently. The empire would cease as a result of military defeat. Anytime a nation loses in military defeat, violence is involved and many people die or are hurt in some way. Property is lost, and humiliation occurs to many, especially to females.
For the individual a persons life is torn from life. Death occurs and the soul and spirit (if the person is saved) are torn as it were, or separated from their physical bodies. The body is given over to the dust from whence it came. If the person is an unbeliever then his soul is given over in the chains (chains of death) to Torments, there awaiting the second judgment, the Great White Throne, and the Lake of Fire. If a person is a believer, then his soul and spirit, both together, go off to heaven, and, for us in this Church Age, wait there for the Rapture (our resurrection), and then the Judgment Seat of Christ (a good place to be). For those believers from the Old Testament, their soul and spirits went to Paradise and waited there for the victory of Christ on the Cross, and were then transferred in a great victory procession, to a new Paradise in heaven. There they wait for their resurrection at the Second Advent.
'Lest any man should boast.' We all have set limits on our lives. Whether we recognize them or not makes no difference. Not liking something or not believing in something also makes no difference if that something is truth. Your attitude will never change the truth. We have a beginning, over which we had no control. We all have an end, over which we have no control. We all have a life of some type, and over that we do have some control over our attitude - our volition. At the end of our life we will be evaluated, and the basis of that evaluation is your spiritual life - nothing else. The result will be that you will either be separated from blessing or separated from the earth and 'unto' blessing. You have the choice. God has the final say.
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End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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