A Banquet Of Consequences (7 Of 15) by Jim Henry

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A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES (7 OF 15)
"Taking Responsibility"
Rev. Jim Henry
Daniel 5:1-31
02/22/98

One of the things that struck me in reading the
history of the Titanic and in watching the movie,
which was accurate in most parts, was the fact that at
a certain point when the people were warned to get on
the lifeboats, some people did not do it. Lifeboats
went over the sides half full. Literally hundreds of
lives could have been saved if people had simply taken
responsibility for the consequence of their decisions
and their actions. The failure to do so ended up in
their burial in the cold waters of the Atlantic.

You see, there are responsible actions that we
take and responses we make to life situations. We have
to bear the consequences of those decisions and
commitments. There was a man by the name of
Belshazzar who blew it. Let's look at it to see how we
can learn from his experience. Look in your Bibles in
Daniel, chapter five. As we begin in verse one we see
a celebration is taking place, about seventy years
after the children of Israel had been taken into
captivity. King Belshazzar was probably about 36 years
old when this took place. The situation in the nation
wasn't good. There was a war going on. Belshazzar's
father, King Nebuchadnezzar, was defeated in a
conflict with the Persians and the Medes. In the
defeat his father had taken refuge in a nearby city,
was captured there and sent into exile. His father,
for all practical purposes a good man, a man of peace,
had been caught up in the war and had to fight and
lead his people. Now that Nebuchadnezzar was out of
the country, his son, Belshazzar had taken over as
regent of the nation of Babylon. Let us begin in
verse one:

1. King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a
thousand of his nobles and drank wine with
them.

Now this was not an uncommon thing to do. We know
that King Xerxes gave a party that lasted for 1 ...


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