Word at Work December 21, 2016

Scripture: Daniel 5:1-9, 18-30

Daniel 5 is about Nebuchadnezzar’s son Belshazzar. Belshazzar made a great feast and had the utensils from the temple in Jerusalem brought so his friends could party. So they ate, drank and praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood and stone. All of a sudden a hand appeared and it wrote on the wall, “Mene mene tekle upharsin.” No one could interpret the words and someone remembered there was a prophet who interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. They got Daniel and in verses 26-29 he interpreted the tongue of judgment that was written on the wall and immediately it happened. That night, Belshazzar was killed, the king of the Chaldeans was slain and Darius the Mede received the kingdom. Once again, Daniel subdued another king. First Nebuchadnezzar then his son, and then the kingdom was transferred. Will we see this kind of authority again? The whole reason it was written is for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world have come. We have to harvest nations. Tongues and interpretations are New Testament gifts that we can all walk in. Here it is being used in Daniel’s life to bring the judgment of God and to subdue a kingdom. All nine gifts of the Spirit have judicial manifestations just like they have priestly manifestations. And we have to walk in the Spirit and follow His lead in how each gift manifests.

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