Saturday, 14 April 2018

Defiling what is Holy (BD15)

               'Book of Daniel'

Dan 5:1-2 Belshazzar the king made a great feast for a thousand of his lords, and drank wine in the presence of the thousand. While he tasted the wine, Belshazzar gave the command 'to bring the gold and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple which had been in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.
    All the golden and silver vessels used inside the Holy place were holy vessels before the Lord God Almighty. It was an abomination to the Lord when King Belshazzar brought out these holy vessels to be used by his lords and wives for drinking wine while praising and honouring their idols.
   Dan 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone (idols).

2Cor 6:14-16 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
   Brethren, all born again Christians are saved by the grace of God because they have repented of their old sinful ways and have believed and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Then God gave each believer the Spirit of God to dwell within them as the seal of redemption.
   How is it possible for Christians who are the temple of God, who are enjoying the grace of salvation, joy, peace and blessings of God; are found praising and honouring idols (worshipping money and those in authority, rich and successful entrepreneurs, the covetous, proud, the worldly)? Don't Christians fear the wrath of God for their disobedience?
   Col 3:5-7 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

Warning from God
Dan 5:5-6 In the same hour the fingers of a man's hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king's countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and his knees knocked against each other.
    King Belshazzar knew that he had sin and was very fearful so he wanted to understand the writings on the wall.

Dan 5:22, 26, 28-30 "But you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, although you knew all this... This is the interpretation of each word... MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it;...PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to the Medes and Persians."... That very night Belshazzar, king of the Chaldeans, was slain.
    Daniel's interpretation of his fall to the Medes and Persian was no surprise to him, so he rewarded Daniel heavily in an effort to please God.
   Brethren, don't defile the temple of God with Mammon or worldliness, and suffer His wrath and destruction.
   1Cor 3:16-17 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.