The Big God has the Last Word, March 3-9

Daniel 5

Message Outline

Wild party – drinking wine
Terror – fingers writing

The Queen endorses and The King inquires

Daniel confronts Shaz – you messed up badly
Learn from Neb

Five-fold failure by Shaz
Did not humble himself
Set himself up against the Lord
Drank wine from temple goblets
Praised the gods of silver and gold
Did not honor the God who holds his life in His hands

Daniel interprets the words – you are doomed
They come true

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. What is your personal history with drinking and partying? How have you disregarded God in your life in other ways?
  2. Have you ever sensed God getting your attention in a way that scared you or unnerved you (such as the writing on the wall)?
  3. Have you ever had someone warn you that you were in spiritual danger? Have you ever confronted someone else about their sin? Share a story. What happened?
  4. What are the five concerns that Daniel brings to Belshazzar in verses 22-23? How are we guilty of these today?
  5. What did the inscription on the wall mean? What happened to Belshazzar?
  6. What do we need to do to avoid the eternal judgment of God for each of us?
  7. How could God use you to courageously warn others as Daniel did?
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