Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Having Tea with the Kings: Part Two

Are you ready for tea?

This is Part Two of a ladies' tea and Bible Study
that I featured on a July 17th post.
The study focuses on Daniel and the Kings he served.

I thought I'd share some photographs
from the actual Bible Study
and tea at my church.

If you would like to print the
journal/worksheet for Part One, click

After King Nebuchadnezzar passed,
Daniel served his grandson, Belshazzar.  

When Daniel 5 opens, Belshazzar is enjoying a large party complete with women, drinking and idol worship.  His guest list numbered about 1,000 and included his wives and his concubines.  At some point in the evening's festivities, Belshazzar decides to add some spice to the party by asking for the Jewish temple cups to be brought out from his grandfather's treasury. These were the vessels King Nebuchadnezzar seized from Jerusalem's temple when he conquered the city decades earlier.

Sharing a picture

To use the Jewish temple vessels for such a feast was an intentional slight to the Jewish race now residing in Babylon.  It seems that God had had enough. 


Daniel 5:5-9 records that a hand appeared in the king's palace and wrote on the plaster wall words that all at the feast could not understand.  Belshazzar fears greatly what the words could predict for his future.  He already knows that tension is building between his empire and the kingdom of the Medes and the Persians.

The Menu

When Belshazzar struggles to find an interpretation for the words on the wall, the queen comes to the rescue.  (I love it when God uses a woman!)  She wisely reminds Belshazzar of the now much older Daniel.  "Remember the man whom your grandfather put in charge of all of the soothsayers and magicians because of his wisdom.  Why don't you call for him to interpret the words!"


Daniel, brought before Belshazzar, refuses the offer of gifts in exchange for the interpretation.  Daniel 5:18-23 gives us Daniel's interpretation.  Belshazzar, Daniel explains, knew of his grandfather's history.  He knew how God had humbled the proud Nebuchadnezzar until the old king acknowledged the one true God.  Daniel reprimands Belshazzar, "And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all of this."  Daniel 5:22.

Belshazzar then receives the interpretation of the words written on the wall: 

His kingdom was to be defeated.

He was judged unworthy by God.

The kingdom would be given to the Medes and the Persians. 

Belshazzar's life ended that evening; 
King Darius the conquering Mede was now king.

Smiles . . . .

Sometimes, we believe we'll have an endless amount of tomorrows to take care of our relationship with God.  That's not always so.  Look at Belshazzar.  He received God's message from Daniel and later died that evening.  His time was up.  Verse 27 says he was "found wanting." He knew the witness of his grandfather, but had chosen a lifetime of idol worship instead.

Sometimes, we don't learn from our past either.  The old saying "history repeats itself" is true.  When Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom reached its pinnacle, Nebuchadnezzar honored himself as the cause.  (Daniel 4:30)  God struck him physically down for his continual rejection of God as the Supreme Being.  Once Nebuchadnezzar repented, God restored to him his throne.

Here was history's warning to Belshazzar.  Here was the warning he ignored.

(Wade Red Rose Tea figurines)

I love to find the stories of vintage items because I love looking back.  I want to know the china cup's maker, the tablecloth's design name, the crochet pattern's publication date.  I want to know the history.  Learning each item's history gives me knowledge and wisdom that I can use toward future purchases and future finds.

It should be the same in our spiritual life.  God has given us His Word to read for an example of how we should live today.  Just think of all the great spiritual examples that God gave us in the Bible:  King David, the Apostle Paul, and Mary, to name a few.  We can also learn what not to do from the examples of Jezebel, Jonah, and Judas. 

We truly can't afford to ignore the "writing on the wall" -- God's Word.  James 1:23-24 says that the man who doesn't obey God's Word is a man that ignores what he sees in the mirror.  He looks, but doesn't change anything about his appearance, despite the fact that his hair needs combed, his teeth need brushed, etc.

We don't have the promise of tomorrow to take care of our relationship with God. 
What is God's Word teaching you today? 

Let's listen, read, and learn.


"For if any man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass.  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was." James 1:23-24

For a printable journal/worksheet, click

1 comment:

  1. Hi Amy!
    What a lovely tea party and bible study! Thanks for letting us visit this way. I love all the china and that pretty teapot is awesome! Your friends look like they are enjoying themselves. I like the teaching that you have here. One of my favorite stories. You know that is why I live for the right now. It is the most important time. Today is where you are and where you receive your blessings. Or where you bless others. God wants us to prepare for our future, but praying without ceasing. Good message you have today. I was truly blessed by it! Thank you for starting my morning out right!