SATURDAY, APRIL 7
Scripture: Daniel 5:18-25
What is it like to be chosen? We must study this out in the Word. What does it mean to be chosen as one out of many, being separated for favor and being judged worthy to receive? Daniel 5:18-22 gives us a picture. This passage refers to Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchadnezzar who has decided to have a party. He had stolen all the utensils from the temple in Jerusalem which were among Israel’s treasures that he had plundered. He and his guests party with God’s sacred utensils formerly used for worship. Suddenly a hand appears and writes on the wall: “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.” Nobody can interpret what was written on the wall until the queen remembered that there was a wise prophet named Daniel and she prompted Belshazzar to call upon him for the interpretation. When he was brought before the king, Daniel does not waste words. He told the king what he had done and he warned the king that he had been weighed in the balances and found wanting. Verses 26-28 say, “And this is the interpretation of each word. Mene: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; UPHARSIN (PERES): Your Kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians. Then Belshazzar gave the command, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a chain of gold around his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old. ” Darius did not reject what God gave him. The same God who gave Darius a kingdom has given us one too! Do we discount or reject what God gives us? Jesus wants us to receive a Kingdom. The whole purpose of everything He did for us is that we receive and move into the Kingdom that He birthed. We are told first to seek His Kingdom and all these things would be added unto us. Being chosen means we were handpicked and selected as one out of many and of being judged worthy to receive the Kingdom! If God deemed us worthy, who are we to argue? However, receiving is a choice. Darius the Mede did not reject the Kingdom that was offered. He received it! Daniel, the prophet did not refuse his leadership position. He received it! Are we smart enough to say yes to what God is offering? Surely we are!