I recently heard a sermon with a message that stuck in my head.
When you don’t have anything to live for, you will live for anything.
Many people nowadays are alone or bored. They don’t have a job, they are not in school, or they lack something else to do. Most of these people do not know what else to do in their spare time, so they do nothing at all. Some of these people start bad habits, like smoking or doing drugs. Some of these people are lonely, and so they become sensitive to people. When people are around, they feel like life does have a purpose, but when people leave, they feel worse than before. These people will sometimes substitute people with pets. Others are desperate for some meaning in their life, but refuse to commit suicide because of different reasons. So the same kinds of things happen. They start bad habits also.
In Daniel 5, a king named Belshazzar was partying with thousands of nobles. They probably drank more wine than what was probably good for them. King Belshazzar, who was drunk, then ordered for the gold and silver goblets that had been taken from the temple in Jerusalem. He then ordered them to be filled with wine. Along with this order, he ordered for his concub3ine, or his wives, to be brought out and displayed for all the drunk nobles to see. While they drunk the wine and gazed upon the concubine’s beauty, they praised their gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
At this time Babylon was under seige. Belshazzar and his nobles were partying because of 1 of 2 reasons
reason 1: They were overconfident of Babylon’s strong and tall walls.
reason 2: They were wanting to be happy and be partying, when they died
Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lamp stand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking. Daniel 5: 5,6
This hand was writing words from God to king Belshazzar.
The king summoned the enchanters, astrologers and diviners. Then he said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”
All the kings enchanters, astrologers and diviners came to tell the king what the writing said, but they couldn’t read what the words said. The king became more terrified than before. The queen heard of what was happening and remembered a certain man who had explained the unexplainable before. This man was Daniel.
Daniel was brought before the king, and began talking about the king’s father, Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel reminded the king that his father had greatness, glory, and splendor, this of which had been given to him by God. Because of this high position that had been given, those of every language dreaded and feared him. Those who he wanted dead, he killed; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.
Daniel then told of what happened to the king. “His heart became arrogant and hardened with pride, he was stripped of his glory. He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.”
Daniel then goes on.
“But you, Belshazzar, his son, have not humbled yourself, though you knew all this. Instead, you have set yourself up against the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of worldly whims which cannot see or hear or understand. But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life and all your ways.”
Mene, mene, tekel, parsin
These were the words that were written on the wall.
God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting, and your kingdom will be divided and given to the Medes and Persians.
29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom. 30 That very night Belshazzar, king of the Babylonians,was slain, 31 and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.
Even though this may not be comforting, or necessarily something you want to hear, It is important to hear and understand what is being taught. In this case, it is that people who don’t have anything to live for will live for anything