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Daniel 5

“He (Nebuchadnezzar) was driven from human society. He was given the mind of a wild animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow, and he was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he learned that the Most High God rules over the kingdoms of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them.

‘You are his successor, O Belshazzar, and you knew all this, yet you have not humbled yourself. For you have proudly defied the Lord of heaven and have had these cups from his Temple brought before you. You and your nobles and your wives and concubines have been drinking wine from them while praising gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone—gods that neither see nor hear nor know anything at all. But you have not honored the God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny! So God has sent this hand to write this message.'” v.21-24 (NLT)

The writing on the wall was a message to all those who defy God.  Although Belshazzar had power and wealth, his kingdom was totally corrupt, and he could not withstand the judgement of God.  God’s time of judgement comes for all people.  If you have forgotten God and slipped into a sinful way of life, turn away from your sin now before he removes any opportunities to repent.  Ask God to forgive you, and begin to live by his standards of justice.

Taken from the NLT Life Application Study Bible

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