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Wenstrom Bible Ministries Marion, Iowa Pastor-Teacher Bill Wenstrom www.wenstrom.org. Thursday December 13, 2012 Daniel: Daniel 5:14-Belshazzar Relates To Daniel What He Heard About Him From The Queen Lesson # 155. Please turn in your Bibles to Daniel 5:1.

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Wenstrom bible ministries marion iowa pastor teacher bill wenstrom www wenstrom org

Wenstrom Bible MinistriesMarion, IowaPastor-Teacher Bill Wenstromwww.wenstrom.org


Wenstrom bible ministries marion iowa pastor teacher bill wenstrom www wenstrom org

Thursday December 13, 2012Daniel: Daniel 5:14-Belshazzar Relates To Daniel What He Heard About Him From The QueenLesson # 155


Please turn in your bibles to daniel 5 1

Please turn in your Bibles to Daniel 5:1.


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Daniel 5:1 King Belshazzar threw an enormous banquet for a thousand of his nobles. He even drank wine excessively directly in front of the thousand. 2 Belshazzar issued an order while under the influence of the wine causing the gold and silver articles to be brought in which Nebuchadnezzar, his great-grandfather caused to be confiscated from the temple, which was in Jerusalem, in order that the king, his nobles as well as his wives and in addition his concubines could drink with them.


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3 Therefore, the gold and silver articles were brought in, which were confiscated from the temple, which was Gods house, which was in Jerusalem so that the king, his nobles as well as his wives and in addition his concubines could drink with them. 4 They drank wine while they praised gods composed of gold as well as silver, bronze, iron, wood and in addition stone.


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5 During this time, the fingers of a human hand appeared while writing on the plaster of the wall of the kings palace, directly in front of the lampstand so that the king observed the palm of the hand which was writing. 6 Then the king, his countenance was changed for him. Also, his thoughts caused him to be terrified so that his hip joints gave way resulting in his knees knocking together, one against the other.


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7 The king authoritatively shouted out an order for the purpose of causing the necromancers, astrologers as well as diviners to be brought in. He declared to the city of Babylons wise men, Any person who can read aloud as well as can make known its interpretation to me will be clothed with a purple robe as well as a golden chain around his neck. Indeed, they will rule as third in the kingdom.


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8 Therefore, each and every one of the kings wise men came in but they were totally unable to read or cause the interpretation to be made known to the king. 9 Thus causing the king to be extremely terrified so that his countenance was changed on him as well as causing his nobles to be perplexed.


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10 The queen entered the banquet hall because of the kings words as well as his nobles. The queen responded and said, O king, live forever! Please, by no means let your thoughts cause you to be terrified so that they by no means cause your countenance to be changed!


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11 There is a man in your kingdom who possesses Gods Holy Spirit in him. Specifically, during the days of your great-grandfather, illumination, discernment as well as wisdom in accordance with Gods wisdom were observed in him. Indeed, King Nebuchadnezzar, your great-grandfather, your great-grandfather the king, promoted him to be commander over the occult priests, necromancers, astrologers and diviners


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12 because in him, in Daniel whom the king assigned him the name Belteshazzar, was found an extraordinary spirit, knowledge, discernment interpreting dreams, explaining riddles as well as solving difficult problems. Please summon Daniel right now in order to cause the interpretation to be known.


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13 Consequently, Daniel was ordered to enter the kings presence. The king asked a question and said to Daniel, Are you Daniel, who is one of the deported people from Judah whom my great-grandfather the king ordered to be brought from Judah? (My translation)


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Daniel 5:14 Now I have heard about you that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you. (NASB95)


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A spirit of the gods is composed of the feminine singular construct form of the noun ra () (roo-akh), a spirit of which is followed by the masculine plural noun lh () (el-aw), gods.


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This expression should be translated Gods Holy Spirit rather than a spirit of the holy gods since Belshazzar is using his mother the queens description of Daniel who was using Nebuchadnezzars description of Daniel.


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She is simply using Nebuchadnezzars understanding of this expression as a believer in Yahweh when describing Daniel to Belshazzar.


The queen was evidently a non believer and thus we would not expect her to be using this expression

The queen was evidently a non-believer and thus we would not expect her to be using this expression.


However she is simply employing nebuchadnezzar s language to describe daniel for her son belshazzar

However, she is simply employing Nebuchadnezzars language to describe Daniel for her son Belshazzar.


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Therefore, as was the case in Daniel 4:8-9, 18 and 5:11, the noun ra here in Daniel 5:14 means Spirit referring to the third member of the Trinity.


Also the proper noun l h means god referring to the deity of the spirit

Also the proper noun lh means God referring to the deity of the Spirit.


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Belshazzar omits the adjective qdd means holy which his mother the queen used in describing Gods character because her father Nebuchadnezzar used this word to describe God.


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This adjective describes the Spirits character and nature as set apart and morally pure in the sense that He is to be distinguished from the heathen gods in that He is the true God and they are not.


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Belshazzar omits this word in describing the Spirit of God because he was more than likely convicted since he was not morally pure and living in rebellion against God.


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So this expression in Daniel 5:14 denotes that Belshazzar is describing Daniel to Belshazzar as possessing Gods Spirit in him.


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He is not saying that Daniel possesses the spirit of the holy gods but rather that he possesses Gods Holy Spirit since he is quoting his mother who was using the exact same language of Nebuchadnezzar who was a believer when he used this expression to describe Daniel in Daniel 4:8-9 and 18.


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And that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you presents the result of Gods Spirit indwelling Daniel.


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Illumination is the feminine singular noun nhr () (neh-hee-roo), which describes Daniel as possessing spiritual or intellectual enlightenment.


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Insight is the feminine singular noun len () (sok-leth-aw-noo), which describes Daniel as having the power of judgment and perceptive insight as demonstrated in the use of knowledge rather than knowing by experience.


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Extraordinary wisdom is composed of the feminine singular noun em(h) () (khok-maw), wisdom which is modified by the feminine singular form of the noun yttr () (yat-teer), extraordinary.


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These two words describe Daniel as having extraordinary wisdom in the sense that it was exceptional and unusual in that it deviated from the average person.


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Daniel 5:14 Likewise I heard concerning you that Gods Spirit is in you so that illumination, discernment as well as extraordinary wisdom were observed in you. (Authors translation)


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In Daniel 5:14, Belshazzar begins to relate to Daniel descriptions of him, which he received from his mother the queen, which was to flatter Daniel because he desperately needs him to read and interpret the mysterious inscription.


First of all the king relates to daniel that he heard that god s spirit was in him

First of all, the king relates to Daniel that he heard that Gods Spirit was in him.


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Then, Belshazzar says that the result of Gods Spirit indwelling Daniel was that illumination, discernment and wisdom were observed in him and specifically observed by Nebuchadnezzar.


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The king uses extraordinary to describe Daniels wisdom whereas his mother the queen used this adjective to describe Daniels spirit.


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Of course, during his reign Belshazzar never utilized this extraordinary wisdom of Daniel or sought out his illumination and discernment because he was arrogant and proud.


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Undoubtedly his mother must have suggested using Daniel in the past since she suggests to Belshazzar he seek out Daniels help to solve the mysterious inscription.


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Belshazzar had no need for Daniels abilities during his reign and neither did his father Nabonidus or Evil-Merodach because they were ungodly men who did not value spiritual abilities and neither did they have a capacity to understand and appreciate spiritual realities.


The only time belshazzar had any need for daniel is this crisis involving the inscription

The only time Belshazzar had any need for Daniel is this crisis involving the inscription.


Otherwise daniel was no longer needed

Otherwise, Daniel was no longer needed.


Prior to being summoned by belshazzar daniel spent many years out of the public limelight

Prior to being summoned by Belshazzar, Daniel spent many years out of the public limelight.


The kings of babylon had no use for him in direct contrast to the reign of nebuchadnezzar

The kings of Babylon had no use for him in direct contrast to the reign of Nebuchadnezzar.


He bided his time and continued to grow in his relationship with god

He bided his time and continued to grow in his relationship with God.


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He waited patiently for an opportunity to serve the king of Babylon and now that moment had finally come.


God would use daniel to communicate to belshazzar a message of judgment

God would use Daniel to communicate to Belshazzar a message of judgment.


It wasn t until belshazzar was faced with a crisis did he have a need for a spiritual person

It wasnt until Belshazzar was faced with a crisis did he have a need for a spiritual person.


Sadly this is true of many people in the world today in our day and age

Sadly, this is true of many people in the world today in our day and age.


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