February 17. 2020

And you his son Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored. – Daniel 5:22-23 ESV

In the 5th chapter of Daniel, a Babylonian king- the Hebrew word for king can also be interpreted as governor or royal prince, and history records that he was both- by the name of Belshazzar mocks God by throwing a party with articles taken from the Jewish temple. As a result, God passes judgment on Belshazzar by taking away his kingdom and dividing it between the Medes and Persians. This is where we get the saying, “The Writing on the Wall”. And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN. This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting.” (Dan 5:25-27)

Leader, good deeds are important in the lives of believers, but they do not provide salvation. We do good works – BECAUSE of our salvation, not to provide our salvation. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Paul repeatedly emphasizes that salvation is accomplished on the basis of GRACE, through FAITH in CHRIST- ALONE! Good works, human effort, and our best intentions will never be enough to earn salvation. Every person is marked with sin, both deliberate and accidental, and for this reason we deserve to be separated from God. Only through His mercy and grace can we be saved, leaving no room for bragging. This also means that all who are saved, Jew and Gentile alike, are part of the same spiritual family.

Conduit, And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment. (Hebrews 9:27) Each of us will be judged, all of our works, time, intentions; what we did and shouldn’t have done, and what we should have done, but DIDN’T DO! We will be weighed in the balances and found wanting without JESUS! He is the ONE that overcomes, He is our DAYSMAN, our RIGHTEOUSNESS! HIS BLOOD tips the scales in our favor! And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26) For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. – 2 Cor 5:21 Just like NO ONE but Jesus is worthy to open the deed to planet earth; But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Stop weeping! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory. He is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Rev 5:5) No one tips the scales of RIGHTEOUSNESS and SALVATION except the worthy ONE, JESUS! Jesus paid it all and He has balanced the scales of those WHO LOVE HIM and keep His commandments! Amen!

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