After his long reign over Babylon (605-562 B.C.), Nebuchadnezzar was succeeded by three kings with brief reigns, and then by his son-in-law Nabonidus (556-539 B.C.). Because he was constantly fighting the Medes and Persians, Nabonidus arranged a coregency with his son Belshazzar (553-539 B.C.). In his last feast, Belshazzar defied the God of Israel by using gold vessels from the former temple in Jerusalem. When a hand appeared and wrote on the palace wall, the terrified king sought an interpreter, and Daniel was summoned out of obscurity. The prophet rebuked the king for his pride and predicted the overthrow of Babylon in his interpretation of the writing. That night the Persians diverted the water of the Euphrates, went under the gates, and took over the city.
READING of DANIEL 5
Lord, I know that those who exalt themselves against the Lord of heaven will be cast down. May I humble myself before You and glorify Your name and not my own.
Meditation passage for today: verse 21-23
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