Psalm: 38, 119:25-48
Old Testament: Daniel 5:1-12
New Testament: 1 John 5:1-12
Gospel: Luke 4:38-44
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from the Apologia of St. Justin Martyr

Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster of the wall of the royal palace, next to the lampstand. The king was watching the hand as it wrote. Then the king’s face turned pale, and his thoughts terrified him. His limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. (Dan 5:5-6)

It wasn’t until last year I realized that the saying “the writing is on the wall” actually comes from this passage in Daniel. Just like his father Nebuchadnezzer, Belshazar is found to be guilty of pride and sin.

His major offence consists in using YHWH’s sacred vessels to worship foreign gods and empty idols. Of using the sacred to worship the profane.

In response to this sin, the hand of God let’s Belshazar that his time of prosperity and peace is going to end…and his lowly servant Daniel is elevated to a high office.

So here’s my question for tonight: Are we using the things of God to worship idols? What would the writing on the wall be for Churchland today??? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think :D.

Advertisements