The Writing on the Wall

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  • Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Speaker: Aaron Anderson
  • Series: Daniel
  • Topic: Expository
  • Passage: Daniel 5:1–5:35

PROP: Since God sees our sins and brings about judgment on those who do not repent, we should humbly confess our sins and repent.


I. God sees our sins.


"The king was declaring to everyone that with his hand, he had a firm grip on God. He owned

Yahweh One can almost envision him pounding his goblet down on the table, wiping his mouth dry, and asking for another. — David Helm"


II. God confronts our sins.


"Belshazzar’s demeaning of Yahweh’s vessels was his way of demeaning Yahweh. Belshazzar was not simply a drunken slob but a profane slob. God brought him to almost instant sobriety, however. Belshazzar came unglued—he was seeing the fingers of a man’s hand writing on the palace wall. He became deathly pale, his thoughts terrified him, and his lower body lost all strength. The clear sight and sheer spookiness of those writing fingers produced paralyzing terror. … Some think that “his limbs gave way” may refer to his losing control of bladder or bowels. — Dale Davis"


III. God exposes our sins.


"God is closing the books on Belshazzar’s kingdom. God’s measuring standard proves the king to be a lightweight, a loser. He challenged the Most High God and lost. He crossed the line, and the gig is up. God saw his sin just as he sees everyone’s sin, and the time of reckoning has come, as it will for all who refuse to bow and humbly submit to “the Most High God.” Remember, a day is coming when every knee will bow—in heaven and on earth and under the earth—and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil. 2:10-11)

— Daniel Akin"


IV. God deals with our sins.