Saturday 9 November 2013

Wednesday of Week 34 Year 1

"The writing is on the wall" is an idiom or expression which we sometimes hear and which originates from today's reading. It basically means "imminent danger has become apparent" or "there are clear signs that something will fail or no longer exist."

In today's reading, King Belshazzar had "defied the Lord of heaven, you have had the vessels from his Temple brought to you, and you, your noblemen, your wives and your singing women have drunk your wine out of them. You have praised gods of gold and silver, of bronze and iron, of wood and stone, which cannot either see, hear or understand; but you have given no glory to the God who holds your breath and all your fortunes in his hands." As a consequence to what he had done, the reading tells us that "Mene: God has measured your sovereignty and put an end to it; Tekel: you have been weighed in the balance and found wanting; Parsin: your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and the Persians.’"

What about us? Are we too in a similar situation and about to see "the writing on our wall?" Have we focused only on fame and fortune here on earth, and neglected to give glory to God? Let us take heed and do what is necessary to right ourselves before God while we are able to do so, before it becomes too late for us.

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