Slow down on self-aggrandizement

“I am Xerxes, the King; the King of Kings, King of the lands…son of Darius the King, the Achaemenian; a Persian, son of a Persian, an Aryan, of Aryan stock.” – Xerxes, King of Persia. Historians believe that he is the same king found in the Biblical Book of Esther.

As Xerxes ennobled himself, death was prowling in the dark corners of his luxurious palace.

Xerxes was murdered by Artabanus, the commander of the royal bodyguard and the most powerful official in the Persian court.

The Book of Daniel 5 has reckonings of King Belshazzar; bloopers and blunders that saw him fall from grace to grass. Belshazzar threw a feast to the upper crust and the high class of his court. In the mood of merry, and as things got mellow as tallow, the sacred vessels of the Jerusalem Temple of HaShem were profaned by the ribald gathering.

The vessels had been brought to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar at the time of the Judean captivity in 586 B.C. As a result of this sacrilegious act, a hand was observed writing on the wall of the chamber a baffling sentence which defied all efforts at interpretation until the Hebrew savant Daniel was summoned.

Daniel looked at the handwriting and knew it was His Father’s, just the same way a child understands the writing of the parent. He read and elucidated the strange words, which proved to be a solemn warning against the debauched Belshazzar, whose kingdom was to be divided between the Medes and Persians. In the last verse, we are told that Belshazzar was slaughtered in that same night and that his power transferred to Darius the Mede. Daniel had been assured goodies if he could decipher the writings, but Daniel said, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else. Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means…..” Belshazzar honoured him anyway.

As Belshazzar was busy magnifying himself and not sanctifying God, the great river Euphrates was being redirected.

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