Good morning Friend,
I trust you have had a fantastic holidays. Happy New Year to you once again.
Today, by God’s Grace, we will be continuing on the series we started some four months ago on the Book of Daniel. It has indeed been an insightful journey of Wisdom.
Today, we will be examining perhaps one of the most hilarious passages of scriptures I have ever read. It is indeed a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God.
The story can be found in Daniel chapter 5. It is about Belshazzar, the King of Babylon, the son of Nebuchadnezzar. He was having a good time of merriment and celebration with his princes, wives and concubines as they praised and glorified their gods. He was drinking and making merry when the devil whispered into his head; (There are some really nice vessels your father brought from the temple in Jerusalem, those are the vessels befitting of a king of your calibre, ask them to bring them for drinking…) and he listened!
These are the vessels King Solomon by the Spirit fashioned after the similitude of the Palace and placed at instructed positions in the Temple of God before dedicating the entire Masterpiece to God. At the dedication in 2 Chronicles 6 & 7 the anointing and the presence of God was so strong that the priests could not minister under such an atmosphere of glory. It was under such circumstances that the temple was dedicated unto the Lord. While Israel was carried away into Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar took out of all the vessels of brass and gold in the temple and brought them to Babylon into the temple of his gods. Suddenly, these items became attractive to Belshazzar and he wanted to drink his filthy wine in these vessels in order to show off his grandeur, but he chose the wrong vessels. Rather than use the vessels in the temple of his own gods, he chose the vessels that had been dedicated to the Living God under such an atmosphere of glory.
Make no mistake friends, there is power in dedication!
As he began to drink with these cups which had been dedicated unto God, God’s wrath was kindled and the interesting thing was the urgency in God’s reaction. He gave him no space to get comfortable with God’s vessels. God made it such that he was the only one that could see what was going on. I can imagine the trepidation and fear in Belshazzar’s face as he watched the part of the man’s hand which wrote on the wall. The Bible says his countenance was changed (from smiles and laughter to tears and anguish), and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another (this reminds me of how cartoon characters show fear and anxiety). Then he cried aloud and asked for the astrologers. Daniel 5:6-7. What a very hilarious picture it paints every time I read this passage. God be glorified forever! He sure has a sense of humour. Like why did God have to be that dramatic in dealing with this ignorant king? *smiles* Apparently, based on the interpretation of the dream, the king did not survive that night. He died simply because he touched God’s dedicated vessels. Almost like when unprotected hands touch a high tension live wire… smokes and suya, hallelujah!
Ain’t you glad you belong to God? Ain’t you excited that God’s mark is on you? Glory to God that I have been dedicated unto the service of the Lord and the devil cannot mess with me. No matter how long ago the vessels were taken away from Jerusalem, the anointing of God still rested on them. The vessels were now in Babylon, but the anointing of the temple was still on them.
It really doesn’t matter what you’re going through, you may have been through hell and back, you perhaps have found yourself in Babylon, working for a mean boss, you may have been sold into slavery, lied against by your boss’s wife and thrown into jail for being a just man, but don’t think for a second that you have lost the anointing! You have been dedicated to God and no matter how far away from the temple you are, you still carry the temple within you and the God of the temple is only a breath away to heed your call.
There is wisdom, power and security in dedication. It is no religious activity. As you go full swing into the year, make a habit of dedicating to God, everything valuable to you. Put a mark of God’s seal on it. As you do that, you make a loud spiritual declaration of authority and territorial demarcation. If you have children, do well to lay your hands on them every day to declare God’s counsel over them. You and your spouse should do the same for each other from time to time. Do well to stay in that constant flow of Grace.
Galatians 6:17 (KJV) From henceforth, let no man trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
Somebody around you needs to hear this truth, do well to share with friends. God bless your heart.
Have a fruitful week ahead.