by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 11 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: The Writing on the Wall
Series: Daniel-The Man God Esteemed Highly
Stuart Briscoe
Daniel 5:1-31

Belshazzar knew about Nebuchadnezzar's experience, but he chose to ignore it. He surpassed his predecessor in the behavior that had led to his downfall. The writing was on the wall for him long before "the fingers of a human hand appeared." We should take note!

I. The Significance of the Writing on the Wall.

A. Significant timing-the night the kingdom fell and the king was killed. v. 31f

B. Significant situation-abuse of power, sex and alcohol. vv. 1-2

C. Significant message-incomprehensible to the natural mind. v. 8; 1 Corinthians 2:14

D. Significant ministry-"the spirit of the holy gods" at work. vv. 11-12

II. The Substance of the Writing on the Wall.

A. The motivation for the message-God's reaction to the king's behavior. v. 24
1. The king was well aware of the way God deals with the proud. v. 22

2. The king assumed he could get away with his arrogance regardless. v. 22

3. The king chose to "set himself up against the Lord of heaven." v. 23

4. The king brazenly profaned holy things. v. 23


Part 6: The Den of Lions
Series: Daniel-The Man God Esteemed Highly
Stuart Briscoe
Daniel 6:1-28

Daniel faced new challenges when the Medes and Persians overthrew the Babylonian regime. But he still showed a "remarkable spirit" even when facing hungry lions!

I. A Remarkable Spirit-Daniel's Reputation.

A. A commendation by the queen. 5:12

B. A confirmation by the king. 6:3

C. A combination of character and charisma. ("Pneumatika." 1 Corinthians 12:11)
1. Charisma, a gift of the Spirit. 5:11
a. Imparted as the Lord determines…

b. …for the common good.

2. Charisma as a potential problem.
a. When exercised for evil ends.

b. When unrestrained by character.

c. When private morality and public image are dichotomized.

3. Character, an outworking of the Spirit. v. 10
a. Character-a matter of devotion-"towards Jerusalem."

b. Character-a matter of discipline-"three times a day."
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